Guild Artists at ACA

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Aiken Center for the Arts

122 Laurens Street, SW

Aiken, SC  29801


Gallery Exhibition: July 31 – September 10
Gallery Opening Reception: August 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us for a Gallery Opening Reception on Thurs, August 3rd from 6:00-8:00pm for Linda Purdy and Jim O’Hara

A retired health professional who has “dabbled” at art off and on, Linda’s formal art education is limited to a few Junior College art courses many years ago while living in California with her career military husband. Subsequently she has been taught by various artists in adult classes and workshops in media which included oil, watercolor, and acrylic. About 5 years ago she took a studio class with a local Aiken artist and ventured into the world of pastel.

Jim is originally from New Jersey and majored in Biology at Antioch College in Ohio. He attended the University of Miami in Florida where he completed his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees, married, and started a family. He taught field biology and aquatic ecology at universities in New York and Ohio before branching into environmental consulting. In 1981, he and a friend started a company in Aiken where their research provided environmental and chemical data and analysis for companies. While he has always had an interest in art, his oil painting efforts have been scattered over many decades; sometimes with many year lapses when other demands took priority. In the past few years, his interests broadened and he started painting again.