Wetumpka Artist Commissioned by DAC Foundation Founder

Wetumpka artist STEVE GARST was commissioned by Dixie Art Colony Foundation founder and director Mark Harris to create his interpretation of a historical photograph from the DAC Foundation Archives onto canvas.

Dixie Art Colony Foundation

Shown is Wetumpka artist Steve Garst in his studio working on the large and detailed commission.

Garst is a 1969 graduate of Wetumpka High School that later graduated with honors from Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. According to Harris, one of the factors in selecting Garst for this task was his 37-year career as a Professional Illustrator, serving 20 years as Senior Illustrator and Art Director in the publishing industry.

Garst is a participant in the DAC Foundation: A New Generation project and a signature member of the Watercolor Society of Alabama, Georgia Watercolor Society, Southern Watercolor Society, and the International Society of Acrylic Painters.

Other well-known Central Alabama artists participating in the DAC Foundation: A New Generation project include Ian Stewart, Carol Barksdale, Barbara Binford Davis, Shirley Esco, and Aimee Harbin.

Dixie Art Colony

Dixie Art Colony 1938 at the Nobles Ferry Studio; JKF-2015.PH.0012

"When completed, this 30 x 42-inch oil on canvas will help us preserve this iconic image featuring Dixie Art Colony cofounders Kelly Fitzpatrick and Warree LeBron with some of their students for generations to come," said Harris.

Dixie Art Colony Foundation, Wetumpka, Alabama


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