Festival Highlights Anderson Legacy

A stop by the Walter Anderson museum is a history as well as an art lesson. The talents of the Anderson family are showcased there, starting with matriarche Annette. Her three sons inherited her creativity and the museum's director says their contributions are known across the globe.

"Certainly all three of the brothers, Walter, Peter and Mac have major growing national reputations as artists and now as we see in the gallery today their daughters are doing extraordinary work and sharing that legacy," Clayton Bass said.

Peter was the potter, Walter the painter and sculptor and Mac also a painter and potter. Bass says the brothers work was very similar, but each had their own individual flair in capturing nature.

"Their art is very much about nature, it interprets the beauty of nature that we see around us and I think people see in their work things they can relate to and it inspires them and they love it."

Peter's refuge was Shearwater, a 24-acre compound sitting smack in the middle of nature. His daughter says the festival that bears his name is a tribute to a man who was happiest turning clay into pottery.

Marjorie Anderson Ashley says, "After daddy died, there were people in the chamber that decided that they would like to honor Peter in some way and chose this very wonderful way which has encouraged potters to come."

Ashley says no one member of her large family takes credit for the legacy.

"There are so many creative people in one family that each one of them contributes and let's remember we have a younger generation going on now and they are what's keeping Shearwater going," she says.

Ashley says the words she hears most from visitors to Shearwater are of appreciation that such an artistically influential family is willing to share their visions with the world.