Last updated: January 31. 2014 12:42PM - 545 Views
By Kevin Boozer kboozer@civitasmedia.com

Unfinished art, such as this potrait, is one tool Blair uses to show his creative process.
Unfinished art, such as this potrait, is one tool Blair uses to show his creative process.
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WINNSBORO — The Fairfield County Arts Council will welcomes local yet world renowned artist Dru Blair of the Blair School of Art as the speaker for its February meeting.

He will demonstrate his airbrushing work and let people know about the other mediums he works with other than oil paint, such as using watercolors inside an airbrush to achieve certain effects.

“We are excited to have him come demonstrate his art and to talk about his plans for developing Winnsboro and the potential that exists to work with the Mt. Zion Community,” FCAC President Virginia Lacy said.

Lacy said the arts council will offer more workshops this spring including photography, watercolors, and pottery.

She said the group will continue to encourage Ag and Art initiative that starts in June 2014. Lacy thanked Denise Jones and Terry Vickers for their efforts to partner with the Olde English District and get Fairfield into the initiative along with York and Chester counties.

The FCAC meeting is at 6 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Century House in Ridgeway. Lacy encouraged the public to come out and see what the Blair School of Art is all about.

Offerings there include one-day beginners workshops and four-day weekend workshops for hobbyists. Lodging is available for long term stays and for the weekend workshops, and Blair hosts students from throughout the world, yet still opens up his doors to locals who are passionate about painting and artistic mediums.

“The FCAC meeting is open to the general public and we hope to have a really big crowd, said FCAC member Darlene Embleton, “so please plan to come and bring a friend or two.”

Blair also offers apprenticeship opportunities ranging from months to years depending on the situation and aspirations of a student. In upcoming issues of The Herald Independent, there will be a two-part series on Blair profiling his self-made journey from Spring Valley High School student with roots in this area, to the man he has become.

The second piece will explain more about the Blair School of Art and Dru Blair’s efforts to expand the academy school into an actual college.

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