Don’t miss February events at the Beaufort Art Association

Brick Wall Gallery

Beaufort Art Association announces an exciting new addition to their already well established gallery in Downtown Beaufort – “Brick Wall Gallery”. BAA has reconfigured their exhibition space to make room for this mini-gallery. The separate Brick Wall “room” now showcases complete bodies of work by up to ten members. Oil, acrylic, watercolor and photography will all be represented, as well as a unique 3-D artist who creates exquisite trees from wire. The Brick Wall Gallery of BAA will officially open on February 1 and artists will be on hand to welcome guests during February’s First Friday Downtown Event.

Artists featured will include:

Arla Crumlick Wibble considers herself an expressionist and uses various materials and painting approaches as themes present themselves. A “painterly colorist” working in oils, Sandra Baggette blends what she sees and feels, allowing her to share her abiding enthusiasm for color and flowers. Her passions for gardening and painting have mirrored each other and are on full display in her paintings. Plein air or in the studio, flowers are her choice. Mary Romano’s love affair with trees began at an early age and as an adult, she first gravitated to the art of Bonsai. Now living in South Carolina, surrounded by beautiful southern trees, she has discovered the sheer joy of sculpting trees from wire. Gloria Dalvini’s work reflects her early love of architecture and a desire to capture the relationship between natural and manmade objects. The Lowcountry architecture presents Gloria with abundant opportunities to explore how light, shadow and foliage bring these objects together as a whole. Arlene Peck is a self taught artist. Workshops and constructive critiques from her peers have elevated her love for watercolor and sharpened her techniques.

Architecture, landscapes, traditions of the Lowcountry, and elements from his travels are brought to life in Steve Weeks’ paintings. His motivation stems from the way light plays across the subject. His goal is to share with the viewer the strong feeling that inspired him to paint this subject. Sandy Dimke is a fine art photographer who is inspired by nature with an edge toward impressionism. She also loves abstract and close up views of the world around us. A traveler at heart, her journeys around the world have created a portfolio of dramatic, colorful, and inspiring images. Sue McCarthy can be considered a chaser of light. Her paintings are strongly influenced by the way light dramatically changes the mood of scene. A Beaufort Art Association member for the past 25 years, Murdayne Zehm is a self taught watercolor and acrylic artist who enjoys painting realistic landscapes, birds and flowers.

Vintage Valentine Postcards

In the early 1900s, penny valentine postcards made their appearance in the US and a postcard craze gripped the nation for the next 15 years. Many were printed in the US but the more elaborate and desirable cards were colorful and printed in Germany. Thousands of designs were copyrighted each year.

Two dozen of these vintage Valentine postcards will be on display at Beaufort Art Association from February 5th through 18th in celebration of Valentine’s Day. These turn-of-the-(20th) Century cards are part of collection of holiday postcards collected by BAA member Sandy Dimke. Some were written and cancelled by the post office in the 1909-1920 era. Others were never mailed.

The public is invited to stop by and see this collection of original printed commercial art from one hundred years ago. Beaufort Art Association Gallery is located at 913 Bay Street in Downtown Beaufort, open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Sundays.

For more information please visit www.BeaufortArtAssociation.com or stop into their downtown Gallery to see the art of over 75 member artists.

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