SAAC welcomes a new exhibit by local artist Margaret Combs entitled “Blooms and Doodles”. This bright and engaging show, sponsored by Cadence Bank, will hang in the Merkle and Price Galleries June 2-30, 2023. An artist’s champagne opening reception will be held on Friday, June 2 at 7pm.

After a career of many creative interests, including owning a hair salon, a fabulous dress shop and an amazing florist shop with a friend, Gay Bechtelheimer, Combs is back to her love of creating art, which has been a passion of hers for years. A long-time SAAC member and artist who regularly participates in the membership shows, Combs is excited to bring her colorful multi-media works to SAAC.

“My first entry in an art show was in a student show held at the El Dorado Boys Club. I was a 1959 senior in El Dorado High School and Mrs. Denny was my art teacher.

“This show was inspired by my and Larry’s daily walks where I took lots of photos of nature’s beauty. Large abstract paintings have always been of interest to me, so I tried that, too. Next came neurographic art, which is intuitive doodling with markers, color pencils, and acrylic and watercolor paints.

“During the COVID-19 quarantine I began to search “YouTube” and discovered the process of acrylic pouring. Because I had collected a lot of art supplies, I went digging in all of my hiding places for things to work with. And because I had plenty of time, I started to use my newfound art. I fell in love with it and couldn’t stop. Pouring acrylic was my first adventure during this time and then it was on to adding resin to the mix.

“My hope is when you see my work that it will make you feel happy and relaxed. Know that I loved making every piece!”

Gallery viewing hours are Monday- Friday 9:00-5:00pm.