Art Effects Returns to Columbia

The Maury Regional Health Care Foundation is bringing Art Effects back to Columbia on August 5-6 with the support of presenting sponsor First Farmers.  This event features regional artists whose mediums include oil, watercolor, pottery, jewelry, wood and more.  The event will be held at the Memorial Building, located at 308 West 7th Street in Columbia.  Friday hours are 3-8 p.m. and Saturday hours are 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Ron Lewis

Ron Lewis

This year’s featured artist is Ronald Lewis of Birmingham, Alabama, who has participated in Art Effects for nine years.  Since graduating from the University of Montebello, Lewis has won more than 95 awards for his painting in oil, watercolor and acrylic and was one of 100 artists chosen to exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute with the National Park Academy of the Arts.  Lewis has been an Honored Artist at the Birmingham Festival of the Arts and is represented in the collections of the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Columbus Museum in Columbus, Georgia and the Fine Arts Museum of the South in Mobile, Alabama.  He is also represented in private and business collections throughout the U.S> and abroad.  His works have been published in Revue Modeme in Paris, Southern Accents, Birmingham, The Artist, American Artist and American Artist Acrylic highlights.  To view a sampling of his art, visit

“We are honored to have Ron Lewis as our featured artist this year and appreciate his long-term support of the Maury Regional Health Care Foundation.  His works have garnered prestigious recognitions and he is among the most popular artists sharing their talent at Art Effects this year,” said Foundation Executive Director Joe Kilgore.

Street Lights by Ron Lewis

Street Lights by Ron Lewis

Joining presenting sponsor First Farmers are NHC Columbia and NHC Hillview who are sponsoring the reception on Friday evening.  Proceeds from Art Effects benefit the programs and services provided by the Maury Regional Health Care Foundation.  To learn more about the foundation or to make a donation, visit or call 931-380-4075.

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