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UNION — The arts are an integral part of education and the relationship between the two will take on added meaning when three painters display, produce, and teach their art at USC Union on Saturday, Aug. 23 as part of “Art & Soul.”


The Union County Health Care Foundation is sponsoring Art & Soul, which Foundation Director Catherine Childers has described as an interactive evening of art, music and dance which will take place on all three floors of the USC Union Main Building. The purpose of the event is to help the foundation achieve its goal of raising $20,000 to help pay for the construction of a helipad next to Wallace Thomson Hospital.


Art & Soul will be from 7-10 p.m. and during that time the public will have the opportunity of visiting all three floors where they we will be able to enjoy the art, music, and dance offered on each floor throughout the evening.


The second or main floor will be devoted to the art portion of the event with a small art gallery featuring Spotlight Artist Beki Buchanan Reynolds; painting classes taught by Ashlee Tolleson with “Paint It Up;” artist Ronald Williams who will be painting a mural throughout the evening; and the interactive “Leave Your Mark” which will give the public the opportunity to help create a community work of art.


Spotlight Artist

Beki Buchanan Reynolds earned a Bachelor of Art in Education, Masters of Education and Education Specialist Degrees from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. She taught in elementary schools in Winnsboro, Barnwell and Union.


Becki has always enjoyed many art forms. Following retirement she has studied with upstate artists in Spartanburg and Greenville. Becki has exhibited her paintings in various art shows in South Carolina.


Becki freelances in addition to accepting commission work. She works in various media including prisma color, oils, acrylic, and watercolor. She is also a lampwork artist (glass).


Becki is married to Benjie Reynolds. They are the parents of Dr. and Mrs. Ben Reynolds and grandparents of their children, Hilton and Huck, all of Madison, MS; and parents of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick (Beth) Shine and grandparents of their children Charlotte and Abigail all of Columbia, SC. The Reynolds family have made their home in Union for 34 years.


Painting Instructor

Ashlee Tolleson is a stay-at-home mom and pastor’s wife in Boiling Springs, SC who owns “Paint It Up,” which offers special order painting and group painting classes that come to you!


When she is not painting, she enjoys spending time with her family, crafting and lifting weights.


Mural Artist

Ronald L. Williams is from Mayo, SC and has been painting for over 50 years and is self-taught. He specializes in wildlife and scenery paintings in acrylic.


When his is not painting, he enjoys the outdoors, riding horses, and spending time with his grandsons.


Leave Your Mark

For the Leave Your Mark portion of Art & Soul, Childers said the Foundation “would like to ask that everyone who attends Art & Soul to ‘leave your mark’ on our event canvas throughout the evening, and at the end of the event we will have a unique piece of artwork.”


Corporate sponsors at the present time for Art & Soul are American HomePatient, Arthur State Bank, ESAB, Lockhart Power, and SC House District 42 Rep. Mike Anthony.


In addition, Childers thanked Don West Painting for allowing the Foundation to use their drop cloths for the event.


For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, contact Catherine M. Childers at Wallace Thomson Hospital at 864-301-2466. Tickets are also available at American HomePatient, Midway BBQ, Paradise Home Center, and WBCU.


The Union County Health Care Foundation is a proud partner with American HomePatient, your respiratory provider of choice.


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