Annette Bush                 706-722-1745 (studio/home)    

Associate of Arts -- Augusta State University (formerly Augusta College) Augusta, GA
Bachelor of Arts in Religion -- LaGrange College, LaGrange, GA
Independent and graduate-level study in piano
Independent study and workshops with nationally known instructors in painting techniques
Travel and independent study in art history

Artist Statement:

For me, the creation of images is a natural heritage flowing from generations of clever and spirited women in my family who never thought of BEING an artist or musician.  It was just what they did in their daily lives.  So the patterns, rhythms and colors are now who I am and the quirky combinations of images gathered, words learned and symbols remembered make their way into the planning of new work giving a visual energy and sensitive strength to my original intent. I do not always know where a painting will end or what its story will be, but each becomes an intimate part of a lifelong narrative. 

About The Artist:

When an artist returns from travels, her bags may be filled with souvenirs, brochures and rocks, but her head is filled with images, colors and shapes. Each trip affects my paintings in unexplainable ways -- altering the spirit, enthusiasm and strength. My travels to Japan showed me the value of downtown Augusta's historic treasures. Painting in France gave me a new understanding of light and color in Georgia. A visit to the western desert gave me a renewed awareness of the American South - its shapes, its colors and its heart.  Travel continues to be an important part of my exploration as an artist.  Techniques can be learned; sensibilities must be experienced.

Primarily a watercolorist, I recently turned to an explosion of color in oils on canvas. A new medium and new techniques call for a return to favorite sketches in new compositions and new relationships.  It has been an exciting change for me.  An excursion into art history and a book illustration have added another dimension to my creativity, so that the juxtaposition of images, words and symbols give meaning beyond the first look. 

In over 35 years of painting, exhibiting and teaching, I have been both a creator and a supporter of art.  I have been represented by galleries in West Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida.  I have received awards in small local festivals, regional art events and major watercolor competitions; have been recognized by proclamations from two mayors and presented with the Key to the City of Columbus, GA.  I have taught painting techniques in workshops across the South, in France and Japan and through continuing education classes and to my private students, the Bush League Painters.  I was pleased to introduce art appreciation/art history to students at a local college as an adjunct professor.  I have selected, delivered and installed four exhibitions to Japan at the invitation of Japanese city officials.  I have served on the boards of arts groups in various capacities, including two terms each as President of both the Georgia Watercolor Society and the Southern Watercolor Society where I also earned signature status in each.  I was the driving force behind the development of Augusta's Broad Street Artists Row and its First Friday Gallery Crawl, a downtown renewal initiative which opened six buildings for artists studios and which now attracts several thousand people each month.  In October, 2005, I was added to "The Wall of Outstanding Alumni" at LaGrange (GA) College.  I continue to explore ways to improve my art and my community through the arts.  In April 2006, I will return to France for a month long Art Residency at Centre d'Art Contemporain in Sainte Colombe sur l'Hers.

A native of Augusta, I have lived in five Southern states before returning to my native city.  I serve on the LaGrange (GA) College Alumni Council and the Jessye Norman School of the Arts Advisory Council.  I am Founding Chairman of the Historic Cemeteries of Augusta Foundation and was the first woman Chairman of Augusta's Downtown Development Authority.

Chronological Experience:

The following list of highlights covers only the last fifteen years.  Where not specifically noted, the location is Augusta, Georgia USA.

2006  (upcoming)
January -- Featured Artist with Victoria von Kap-herr (Germany), West End Gallery,
Winston Salem, NC
April -- Accepted for month long Art Residency, Centre d'Art Contemporain,
Sainte Colombe sur l'Hers, France
September -- Returning for third time as Art Judge, Powers' Crossroads Festival, Newnan, GA

Appointed Chairman, Advisory Council, The Jessye Norman School of the Arts
Participant in Arts Intensive in New York City - Fourteen days of seminars,
museums and galleries, and Christo's "The Gates"
Consultant to Arts in the Garden Committee, Georgia Golf Hall of Fame's Botanical Gardens
Honored by LaGrange (GA) College as Outstanding Alumni

Juror of Awards, Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Exhibition, Charleston, South Carolina
Solo Show, "Under The Summer Sun" -- The Pinnacle Club's Artist at the Top
Adjunct professor of Design & Art History and Appreciation, Aiken (SC) Technical College
Honored with Life Membership in the Beech Island (SC) Historical Society for Arts Contributions

Created and became first Chairman of the Historic Cemeteries of Augusta Foundation
to preserve two hundred years of history, monuments and landscape
Solo Show, "The Tucson Interval" -- The Pinnacle Club's Artist at the Top
Elected First Woman Chairman of Augusta's Downtown Development Authority
(Appointed to the board in 1997)
Adjunct Professor of Art History and Appreciation, Aiken (SC) Technical College
Juror of Awards, Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival

October 11, 2002 – Annette Bush Day -- proclamation by Mayor Bob Young
Group Show, "Annette Bush and Friends" -- The Pinnacle Club's Artist at the Top
Hosted "Virtual Friends/Real Gardens" -- an international invitational exhibition, The Bush Studio
Adjunct professor of Art History and Appreciation, Aiken (SC) Technical College

Juror of Awards – Albany Center for the Arts, Albany, GA
Artist In Residence – The Lamar Building, Augusta, GA (through 2004)
Adjunct professor of Art History and Appreciation, Aiken (SC) Technical College

Illustrator, "Five Fortune Tellers of New Windsor" by Virginia Bowe Strickland, the story of Swiss
Pioneer Families in South Carolina: Tobler, Zubley, Meyer, Sturzenegger and Nail
Juror of Selection and Awards, National Exhibition, Douglasville, GA
Art Judge, Powers' Crossroads Festival, Newnan, GA
Solo Show, Douglas Center for the Arts, Douglasville, GA

Instructor for watercolor seminars in Gainesville & Cartersville, GA
 On-going classes & workshops with the Bush League Painters
Award, Festival of the Arts, Jackson, GA
Festival Founder/Director, Take Five! for Art, May Sundays

Solo show "Trees, Clay & Cotton" - the Historic Cotton Exchange Museum
Curated, transported & installed exhibition 'The Colors of Augusta Green" for prefecture-wide
event at invitation of Takarazuka City -- exhibition held in two locations
Instructor for watercolor seminars in Takarazuka, Japan
Instructor for sketching seminars, The International Art Club, The South of France

Study/sketching in South of France with International Art Club
Solo Exhibition, -Emerging Images-, Fahnoe Fine Art
Juror, Cave Spring Country Festival, Cave Spring, GA.

Group Exhibition, Augusta Seven, The Bush Studio
Studio Artist, The Bush Studio, Broad Street Artists Row

Director, Augusta-Takarazuka Cultural Exchange of Artists & Exhibition, Georgia & Japan
Juror, Winter Arts Festival, Middle Georgia Art Association, Macon, GA
Studio Artist, The Bush Studio, Broad Street Artists Row

President, Olde Town Neighborhood Association, Augusta, GA (second term)
Curated, transported and installed exhibition of Augusta works on paper, at the invitation of
Takarazuka City International and Cultural Center, Takarazuka, Japan
Studio Artist & First Chairman, Broad Street Artists' Row, (through 1996)
Solo Exhibition, 'Takarazuka Impressions"

Commissioned to create painting of the proposed Emily Tubman monument,
first monument to a woman in Augusta
Coordinator for the Mayor, The Broad Street Artists Row Project
a downtown revitalization project which opened with six buildings of artists' studios

Founder/First President, The Gallery Toulouse, an Artists' Cooperative
President, Olde Town Neighborhood Association
Art Judge, Powers Crossroads Festival, Newnan, GA
Workshop Instructor, Watercolor -- Getting to Know it Again!, Continuing Education Department,
Augusta (GA) College (Augusta State University)

Author, Hot & Cold Runnin'. . . Color! Watercolor Study Guide
Artist/Writer, Tour of Homes brochures GA (through 1997)
Arts Chairman, The Augusta Invitational Rowing Regatta
GWS THIRTEEN, Georgia Watercolor Society National. Museum of Art and Sciences,
Columbus, GA. "Wishing Wall." Juror: Margaret Martin AWS.

Selected as Sole Representative of City of Augusta for Cultural Exchange to Takarazuka, Japan
transported & installed exhibition of 39 Southern watercolors
Director, Mayor's Program to Spotlight Local Artists - 1989 - 1997
President, The Southern Watercolor Society, 1987-1991

Selected Collections – each has multiple ABush paintings

The Radisson Riverfront Hotel and Conference Center, Augusta, GA (19 paintings)
 First Federal Bank, Columbus, GA (10 paintings)
 Georgia Power Company, Augusta/Thomson, GA
 Medical College of Georgia Hospitals and Clinics, Augusta, GA
Wachovia Bank, Augusta, GA
 Bank of America, Augusta, GA
 City of Takarazuka, Japan

Other public and private collectors are worldwide