Lillie Simpson was born in Florence, SC. After graduating from Okefenokee Technical College, this devoted wife and mother of four embarked into the field of art in 1994 after having her interest sparked by a painter in Brunswick, GA where she lived at the time. Her first exhibit was at the Glynn Arts Gallery in Brunswick, GA, in a group show which also featured world-renowned artists such as; Alex Baptiste of Savannah, Ga., Ernest Butts of Brunswick, Ga., and the late Ana Bel Lee of St. Simons Island, Ga. Now residing in the Beaufort area, Lillie draws much of the inspiration for her art from the southern landscape and her friends and family. She is overjoyed that her love of art is able to inspire the hearts of others and is both humbled by, and grateful for, the opportunity to share her God-given gift with many all over the world. As a further extension of her beliefs, all of the artist’s share of proceeds from sale of her work will be donated to Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse (CODA) of the Lowcountry. CODA’s mission is to “Provide professional support services to victims of partner abuse and their children in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties.” They are committed to the belief that safety from violence and freedom from fear are universal rights.” An opening reception will be held on July 31st from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. ARTworks is located at One Beaufort Town Center, 2015 Boundary Street, on the 3rd Floor.