Wednesday, April 17, 2013
SALUDA, NC – The artwork by John Waddill has been a trademark for the Saluda Arts Festival since 2006 when Mr. Waddill permitted the use of one of his watercolors to the Saluda Business Association.
"The watercolor depicts a colorful, fun-filled festival on Historic Main Street in Saluda and is a great representation and branding of the Saluda Arts Festival," says Cathy Jackson, spokesperson for the Saluda Art Festival organizers. "We were trying to design a logo and brand for the Saluda Arts Festival, when Johnny brought this painting in to hang in the former Saluda Fine Arts gallery. At first glance, we knew that this painting was a perfect image of festival fun in Saluda. Johnny graciously gave us permission to use it and was astounded when he saw us selling t-shirts and posters with the image. He was always supportive of the Saluda Arts Festival," says Jackson.
John Miller Waddill died on March 1, 2013 and to honor Johnny Waddill's love for art, the Saluda Business Association is dedicating the 10th Annual Saluda Arts Festival to his memory. There will be a special exhibit on display during the festival at the Saluda Center, 64 Greenville St., Saluda, NC 28773. The various pieces will reveal his efforts to find the best way to highlight the natural beauty of his subjects. "I paint for joy and quickly for freshness and simplicity," he once said. You may see touches of Japanese flatness and other approaches to painting in his work for he studied the work of the expressionists and American masters such as Homer, Marin, Wyeth, and Sargeant.
Waddill was born in Greenville, SC and before moving to Saluda had lived in Moncks Corner and Pinopolis for more than 60 years. He attended Furman University, where he developed an interest in the creative arts. He studied at Ringling School of Art and at Parson's School of Design. His art experience included working as an illustrator, designer and teacher, as well as a "realistic and expressionistic" painter. Waddill's history as an artist also included several one-person shows, many awards and representation in several universities and museums.
A resident of Saluda, he was a good representative of the high quality art colony that lives in this historic town.
The 10th annual Saluda Arts Festival is in Historic Downtown Main Street, Saluda, NC on May 18, 2013 from 10 am to 4pm. For more information and a music lineup, please visit saluda.com.