In League with the Arts
By zach Claxton
The next meeting of the Art League of Highlands-Cashiers will be held in The Bascom Atrium at 5:00 P.M. Monday, May 20, following a wine social at 4:30 P.M. The Art League welcomes its May guest speaker, Diane Rush, a local artist residing since 2008 in Clayton, Georgia.
In high school, Diane received a scholarship to Columbus Art School, where she was in class with Aminah Robinson, who became a nationally-recognized artist. She received her degree in art from Ohio State University, where she studied with David Black, Charles Csuri, and Hoyt Sherman. Her interest at that time was in becoming a medical illustrator. With that field transitioning to photographic and computer-assisted graphics, opportunities were very limited, so Diane embarked on a career as a commercial artist, specializing in small ads and greeting cards, a vocation in which she was successful for more than 40 years. She created a line of cards that was bought by Coronet and a line of Christian greeting cards.
Following her move to Rabun County, she became interested in the history of downtown Clayton, and with acrylic paint, brushes, and palette knife began to produce renderings of many of the older buildings in town, a subject that continues to hold her interest. Her style transcends the architecture itself and preserves for posterity the feeling and personality of the ever-changing downtown façades. Diane also accepts commissions for paintings of area homes. She is an active member of the North Georgia Art Guild, and she is grateful to be living in an area that is so supportive of the visual arts.
Her presentation promises to be interesting and informative, and both it and the social preceding it are free and open to the public. For more information about the Art League of Highlands-Cashiers, please visit artleaguehighlands-cashiers.com.