The North Augusta Artists Guild began an eight year relationship with Michael Pearson in 2010 when the Guild endorsed her first watercolor workshop held at the North Augusta Community Center. Michael was a sought after teacher for floral techniques, pen and ink, and acrylics and was a favorite instructor for many artists in this area. When she offered her fourth 3-day workshop on exploring techniques, composition and intuition vs. planning, a regular group of students formed and participated whenever they could attend and an annual visit with Michael became a reality. In 2016, the Guild was fortunate to have Michael serve as our Fall Into Art Show Judge.
We were saddened to learn of her passing this summer and will miss her visits and workshops. Because of this wonderful relationship, the North Augusta Artists Guild offered the first Michael B. Pearson 2-D Award at the Eleventh Annual Fall Into Art Show on November 8. It was an honor to have her family attend this event and have her daughter, Carrie Scarborough, present the first ribbon. The recipient of the award is Dorothy Eckmann for her hand woven wall hanging "Movement". With her husband's (LTC Robert Pearson) generosity and other members of the art community, the award will become a part of the Fall Into Art Show for many years.