News 12 at six o'clock -- April 10, 2010
AUGUSTA, Ga. --- They say an artist can find inspiration almost anywhere, and what better inspiration than a golf course. And Augusta's got plenty of those.
Pat Warren modeled her collection after the Champions Retreat Golf Course. The originals are hanging in the Arnold Palmer cabin there.
"My family really enjoys golf and I used to live on a golf course," Pat says. "So being from Augusta, it's just a natural."
She and Margaret Ann Smith both show their work at Gallery on the Row on Broad Street. They say they've had a good number of out-of-towners take a break from the course and come visit the gallery. And this week, the demand is pretty specific.
"We've had quite a few people in here, and they're looking for scenes from the course," Margaret says. "In most of the galleries down here, you'll find some sort of golf art."
But local artists aren't the only ones using golf as inspiration. Other artists from around the country are taking their show on the road and bringing it to Augusta.
Jeff Diamond brings his pieces every year from Florida and shows them in the Magnolia Club. They're all sculptures made from old golf clubs.
"It's almost a one-of-a-kind and I don't think you'll find another one like it," Jeff says.
He says when it comes to sales, making the trek to Augusta is well worth it.
"Nowhere else is the golf spirit so prevalent," he says, adding that it's great for his business, too.
The rush is also good for downtown Augusta. Margaret and Pat say they've seen increased traffic in their gallery and all of downtown with people wanting to explore the city and get to know more about the non-golf side of Augusta.