Kaleidoscope at Beaufort Art Association

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Michael B. Pearson will be the Beaufort Art Association’s featured artist for the month of August with her exhibit “Kaleidoscope.” A reception will be held at the BAA gallery, located at 913 Bay Street, on Friday, August 9, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The word “Kaleidoscope” is derived from the Greek kalos meaning “beautiful or beauty”, eidos meaning “that which is seen: form, shape” and sjopeo meaning “to look to, to examine.”  Hence Michael has titled her show Kaleidoscope, meaning the “observation of beautiful forms.”

Although Michael paints a wide variety of subject matter from portrait to large acrylic wall murals, she is most widely known for her transparent watercolor representational botanicals. Kaleidoscope will showcase these with some added surprises.

Michael holds a degree in Fashion Illustration and has a background in commercial art and advertising. She fell in love with watercolor 35 years ago while stationed in Hawaii with Army career husband Bob. This began a “love affair” without end.

Michael calls her favorite medium the most fun for an artist. She says “After more than three decades it still does wonderfully exciting and spontaneous things for me.” She has studied with many of the best National watercolorist and developed an extensive knowledge in Color Theory. She shares this knowledge in workshops throughout the Southeast. She has had over 40 solo exhibitions, owned her own gallery for 8 years, and has served as juror for both watercolor and mixed media shows.

Michael also is a great believer in what she calls “giving back.” She is the past President of the Hawaii Watercolor Society, the Georgia Watercolor Society, and Beaufort Art Association as well as Regional Director for South Carolina Watermedia Society for 5 years.