|Multimedia Artist at the MACK
By Lynda Macaluso
Most often, an artist is known as a watercolorist or an oil painter or a painter of acrylics. Genie Wilder is one of those rare artists equally proficient in all three media.
To become a “signature member” of an art society, an artist has to have had work accepted in a given number of juried competitive shows and accumulate the requisite number of points. Wilder is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, the Midwest Watercolor Society, the Georgia Watercolor Society, and a Member in Excellence of the South Carolina Watermedia Society. This is an impressive achievement. But the award of which she is most proud is the Career Achievement Award granted to Genie Wilder by her alma mater, Converse College in Spartanburg.
In addition, she has earned awards in many prestigious shows, including the Rocky Mountain National, the Midwest Watercolor Society’s juried show, and numerous others. The pieces on exhibit at the MACK this month demonstrate why she has been the recipient of so many honors.
It wasn’t until 1980 that the artist began to get serious about painting. At that time she concentrated on watercolors. Now most of her work is acrylic on canvas, painted like oils. Concentrating primarily on still life and landscapes, she says, “My objective is to make a vibrant painting using ordinary subject matter, focusing on abstract patterns formed by light and shadow.”
The Clinton, SC resident has served two terms on the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Arts Commission and two terms on the Board of Directors of the Laurens County Arts Council. Her work is also on display at the Artist Coop in downtown Laurens, SC.
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