Dueling Studios featured at BAA

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Photo above: The work of Marilee Sartori and Dusty Conner will be on display at the Beaufort Art Association Gallery on Bay Street. Photo provided.

“Dueling Studios:  Two Friends Feature Their Favorites – Flora & Fauna” is the name of the next Beaufort Art Association (BAA) show, featuring the artwork of local artists Marilee Sartori and Dusty Conner.  

The show opens Sunday, Aug 27, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 29. 

An opening reception with the artists will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, at the BAA Gallery at 913 Bay St. in Beaufort.  

The public is invited to join in for a fabulous evening of friends, frivolity, food and fun art.  

Also on exhibit will be the artwork of other local artists who are members of the gallery.

Sartori, whose mother was a noted Kentucky artist, has had no formal training.  

After being sent to several schools, her mother, Nell, was told to save her money; her daughter was not an artist. As a result, her training came from watching her mother.  

In later years, Sartori dabbled in paint to help a friend, and her painting career started in the early 1990s. Acrylics remain her favorite medium, with occasional mixed media thrown in for some of her whimsical paintings.

Conner is a self-taught painter who started painting in his early teens.  After years of dabbling in painting, he has expertly settled into capturing nature’s beauty with flowers, fruits and nature scenes. Having tried many different media, acrylics remain his favorite. 

Recently retired from heading the Department of Cosmetology at the Technical College of the Lowcountry, Conner hopes to devote full time to pursuing his art career.

Visit www.beaufortartassociation.com, or call 843-521-4444.