Local artist Dawn Cardona hopes a children’s book publisher happens to be traveling through the Augusta Regional Airport over the next year and sees her artwork on display.
The aspiring children’s book illustrator and Stephanie Willingham and Kendal Gomez are the current featured artists for the airport. Since 2013, the airport’s art committee has selected local artists’ work to welcome visitors to the Garden City. Cardona and Willingham are featured in the general aviation terminal for one year.
Cardona, a North Augusta resident, cuts mixed media into designs by hand to create her illustrations. She has recently begun featuring her artwork in public after years of warming up to showcasing it. She said blogging and social media encouraged her to share her art with others.
“It’s been an opportunity for personal growth,” she said. “I’ve had a fear of being in the public eye. There’s nothing to be afraid of at this point.”
Augusta resident Willingham uses colors to symbolize human life and hopes her work will help others gain a sense of self-worth, inspiration, and spiritual love. She uses broken glass, trees, cement, oil paint and other materials to help create the experience of life.
Kendal Gomez, also from Augusta, is featured in the main terminal building until December. Her exhibit highlights her talent in photography and painting. Her exhibit combines the use of paint, photography and food. Gomez hopes that her artistry will influence other aspiring artists.
For more information on the artists and the airport’s art program, visit www.flyags.com/Art-Program.