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The Trenholm Artists Guild (known locally as TAG) is located in Columbia, South Carolina.  Members include but are not limited to amateur and professional artists who work in watercolor, oil, acrylics, pastel, sculpture, fiber, and photography.    Residents of the Greater Columbia area over 18 years of age are invited to join.   Meetings are held at the RCRC Adult Activity Center, 7494 Parklane, Columbia, SC (Click here for Directions) on the 2nd Monday of each month except December, June, July and August. Visitors are invited to attend our meetings.

April 14th Speaker:

Robert Ariail

Meet the Artist at the May Meeting

Robert Ariail was the editorial cartoonist for The State newspaper from 1984 until he was laid off in March of 2009. He is now published in more than 600 other newspapers through United Features Syndicate. Robert has won international, national, regional and state recognition for his work including:

The National Press Foundation’s Clifford K. and James T. Berryman Award - 2012
The Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts - 2012 (The annual Verner awards, established in 1972, are the highest honor the state of South Carolina presents in the arts.)
The South Carolina Press Association award for cartooning - 2012, 2011, 2010, 2007
The United Nations Ranan Lurie Political Cartoon Award - 2009 ( Ariail is the first American to win this international award from a field of over 1,500 entries. )
The Society of Professional Journalists’ Green Eyeshade Award - 2007, 2004, 2001, 1997, 1991 ( Ariail has also won about a dozen second and third place awards in this 15 state regional competition. )
The Overseas Press Club’s Thomas Nast Award - 1997 ( He’s also won a second place, a third place and an honorable mention. )
The National Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Award - 1992
The National Headliner Award - 1990 ( He’s also won a second place and a third place. )
A South Carolina Gold Addy Award - 1990 ( For a cartoon poster that helped raise thousands of dollars for Hurricane Hugo relief operations. )
Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize - 2000 and 1995

Ariail is a Columbia, S.C. native and University of South Carolina graduate. In 1985 he was given the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the University. In 1992 he was honored with the Ambrose Hampton Award for distinguished service toThe State. He appeared in and drew cartoons for Hemdale Motion Picture’s “The Boyfriend School” (also released as “Don’t Tell Her It’s Me”) filmed in Charleston, S.C. in 1990. Robert Ariail has produced three collections of his cartoons. The most recent, Ariail!!!, was one of Columbia’s best selling books in 2001.


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TAG Annual Juried Show
March 25 - April 4th

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Bus Trip to Spoleto Festival

May 31 - $25 (Purchase using PayPal below)



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LOCAL ART OPPORTUNITIES (Click on links for more information.)


Click link below:

Ron Weathers Watercolor Workshop

 1. City Art Workshops (Watercolor, Acrylics, Oil and Mixed Media)
 2. Village Artists Gallery (Watercolor, Colored Pencil, Oil, Drawing, Acrylic and Collage)
3. About Face (Columbia Museum of Art) -Mondays & Tuesdays



The Moment
by Dale Bishop

2013-2014 Schedule

May 12 - Robert Ariail




TAG artists gather every Wednesday at Forest Lake Park to paint and exchange ideas.  Click here to see pictures. Bring your lunch and your latest project.  Hours: 10 am until around 2 pm.  While our formal meetings take place September - May, the Wednesday "studio" takes place every Wednesday including the summer months.  Y'all come!

Click here for directions to Forest Lake Park.


March 22 - Rob Shaw workshop
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April - Trip to Blair, SC

April 6 or 22 - Brenda Konitzer's workshop on how to use social media in your art business (Sunday April 6th, 2-4PM or Tuesday April 22nd, 6-8PM)

May - Jay Morgan Bopp workshop

May 31 - Trip to Spoleto


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