Three artists provide variety of styles, subjects

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"Girl with a Shovel" is an oil painting by Mary Grayson Segars.
“Girl with a Shovel” is an oil painting by Mary Grayson Segars.

Now on display at the University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts are works by three Beaufort artists who have been friends for over 20 years.  

The show, on view at the center through Sunday, April 2, features a variety of styles, mediums and subject matter.  

Priscilla Merrick Coleman works mostly in plein air. She grew up on a farm near Bluffton, and this provided daily opportunities to explore fields, woods, rivers and marshes. These experiences remain a major influence and subject of her work. 

“In working plein air, the intent of my work is to share with the viewer an intimate connection with the places I paint, capturing both a visual response and emotional reaction,” she said.

Merrick Coleman will be represented by the Charles Street Gallery in Beaufort.  

Audrey Montgomery’s artistic interests began at an early age, but it was not until 2009 after taking a drop-in watercolor class that she became passionate about painting.  

She enjoys portraying her subjects as they are revealed by light. Her technical background has fostered an interest in how things are constructed, which is reflected in her paintings. 

She is represented by Maye River Gallery in Bluffton. Visit

Mary Grayson Segars is a Beaufort painter who works in a representational, though not highly detailed, style.  

Her works generally incorporate effects of light on objects or scenes, evidenced by cast shadows or late-day glow.  

After years of working with pencil and pastels, she took up oil painting in 1998. She frequently teaches painting workshops throughout the Southeast.  

Her artwork can be seen at the Maye River Gallery (Bluffton), Plum Goose (Charleston), Macdonald Marketplace (Frogmore), City Art Gallery (Greenville, N.C.), and in her working studio at Atelier on Bay (Beaufort). Visit