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October Issue 2003

Beaufort Art Association Gallery in Beaufort, SC, Features Works by Joan Templer

Just when you think you know what to expect from Joan Templer, this internationally acclaimed artist treats you to a surprise. Known for large, awarded works, including a 220-foot mural on iron plates installed at the Johannesburg (South Africa) Airport, a wall-sized public mural in Atlanta, GA, and a huge triptych hanging high above the other art at the Beaufort Art Association Gallery, Templer now has produced a collection of 8-inch x 8 inch paintings. They are on exhibit through Oct. 29, 2003, at the Beaufort Art Association Gallery in Beaufort, SC, where Templer's work, both large and small, is being featured.

Size is not the only new direction. Favoring acrylic paints and media in recent years, Templer "painted" these glowing little gems in melted colored wax - using the encaustic process which dates back more than 2000 years to the murals of ancient Rome. Like most of Templer's works, the encaustics are abstracts, yet subjects are recognizable to the eye of the beholder. Some of the paintings incorporate actual seashells or coins or bits of jewelry that she created for other art projects. There is a sense of completeness about each jewel-like piece.

Templer, and her husband John, an architect, are semi-retired residents of Beaufort. Templer was a professor of art at Georgia Tech for 20 years. Now, she not only is a productive artist, she continues to guide the Beaufort artist community. As program chairman for the BAA, she has organized the post-impressionism lecture/slide series which will continue for the third year starting this fall on Oct. 23 upstairs at the Beaufort Library. She also arranged a Wednesday afternoon series of technique demonstrations. They will start Oct. 15 at 2:30pm at the Greene Street Gym, in Beaufort, with a class by Templer expaining encaustic and gold-leafing techniques. The classes and lectures are free and open to the public.

Templer continuously urges students to let their subconscious lead the way, and her own works reflect the emotions of the cataclysmic events of her lifetime - the hopeless injustice of apartheid in her native South Africa, the agressive rage of anti-Viet Nam protesters in New York in the seventies when she and her husband attended Columbia University, the shock and horror of 911. She is fascinated by the Shroud of Turin, and she has painted mysterious veils in many of her works.

Templer's work is regularly displayed at the Charles Street Gallery in Beaufort, as well as the BAA Gallery.

The BAA Gallery represents more than 90 member artists with works of art including framed and unframed original paintings, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, reproductions of members' works, notecards, stained glass, wood carvings, and photography. All original art is changed every six weeks.

For more information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings or call the gallery at 843/379-2222.

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