3 Friends' Art


  • Ann & Ellis Johnson Gallery of Art 322 8th Street Augusta, GA, 30901 United States

Three friends, Frances Force, Marian Owens, and Pat Tante, present a tri-artist, collaborative show with artwork highlighting Augusta's southern charm and the value of friendship.

Opening Reception: Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6:30pm

About the artists:

Frances (Panny) Force, graduated from Agnes Scott College, retired from teaching in Richmond County schools, then began painting - primarily watercolors of local Historic Buildings, and Coastal and New York scenes. She was influenced by her mother, artist Doris Weltch, and was taught drawing by her lifelong friend, Bea Kuhlke.  Her training also included classes at Gertrude Herbert with Tom Needham and workshops at Springmaid/Myrtle Beach with Gerald Brommer, Don Andrews and others. Panny is an active member of the Augusta Choral Society and Friends of the Jessye Norman School of the Arts. Her collage and watercolor paintings and Giclee prints are displayed in Sacred Heart, Enterprise Mill Gift Shop, and Midtown Market. 

Marian Owens, a graduate of Augusta College, retired from teaching in San Antonio and Augusta. After spending thirty years teaching, she decided to become a student and has enjoyed taking workshops from many great artists including Gerald Brommer, Alec Powers, Jeannie McGuire, Skip Lawrence and many others at Myrtle Beach Springmaid Watermedia Workshops. She now spends much of her time in her studio on Woodbine Road and enjoys reading, junking, gardening and kicking back in the country with her 92 year old Mom.  She tries to stay eclectic and experiment with a variety of mediums. Visit Marian on Fridays at Marketplace Antiques, 1208 Broad Street, where she is an active member of that Co-op.

Pat Tante, also a graduate of Augusta College, is a self-taught artist who dabbles in collage, assemblages and repurposing found objects.  She especially enjoys making collages with humor or unusual juxtapositions.  Her work has been displayed at the Inner Bean, Hire Grounds Cafe, Midtown Market, Undercover Artists and the Art Council’s Wet Paint Parties.  Pat has been a docent at the Morris Museum of Art for over ten years which has honed her love of art in all its expressions.  She enjoys writing and has recently taken up playing and singing with Eryn Eubanks and friends.

These Three Friends, interestingly, all got their introduction to Collage from a well-known Augusta artist, Malaika Favorite – each having taken classes from her at various times early in their art studies.  They are pleased and honored to be displaying their work in the beautiful new Ann and Ellis Johnson Art Gallery at The Jessye Norman School of the Arts.