Art association

Club Digest, April 29, 2022: Sumter Art Association

Summer Art Association

The Sumter Art Association met on April 19 in the parish hall of the Church of the Holy Comforter. Carla Young chaired and welcomed 41 members. Several members introduced their guests: Mary Glen Givens – Robin Todt; Patti Sosnowski – husband, John Sosnowski and Nancy Newton; Florida McKoy – daughter, Beth McKoy Griffin, Sue Griffin and Mary Gene White; Susan Ward – mother, Margie Ward, and sister, Barbara Castro; and Carla Young – husband, Bob Young. Carla also introduced three special guests who will be welcomed as new members in May: Macy Terry, Nancy Thompson and Winnie Gee.

Gloria Coker presented a beautiful devotional on the theme “God is love”. She concluded with a prayer.

Kathy Creech has announced a number of upcoming cultural events in and around Sumter.

Debbie Thomas introduced Grainger McKoy, renowned sculptor and native of Sumter.



McKoy’s lifelike bird sculptures have been exhibited nationwide to enthusiastic acclaim. His two large outdoor sculptures which are permanently installed at Swan Lake Iris Gardens are particularly well known to Sumterites. He discussed the influence of his Christian faith on his art and exhibited several small representative sculptures to illustrate how his art and faith evolved over the years.

After the program, members enjoyed refreshments prepared by the hostess committee chaired by Kay Fort. The co-chair was Sally Heath. The assistant committee members were Ginger Barwick, Betty Harvin, Betsy Humphries, Dotty Kolb, Jane Randle, Ann Shaw, Marian Shaw, Janice Stavrou and Mary Catharine Williams. A beautiful centerpiece of white calla lilies was provided by Dotty Kolb.