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July 2011

Arts Council of Beaufort, Port Royal and Sea Islands, in Beaufort, SC, Features Exhibit Focused on Beaufort

The Arts Council of Beaufort, Port Royal and Sea Islands, in Beaufort, SC, is presenting the exhibit, Beaufort: Our Art Town, a juried show, on view in the gallery @ ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center, through July 30, 2011.

The gallery show was juried by Rebecca Davenport who selected 21 works from the 43 artists who submitted work.

The participating artists include: photographers Mark Carter of Lady’s Island, SC; Mark Rackley of Beaufort, SC; Scott Quarforth of Virginia; Richard Darby of Lady’s Island, SC; Tabatha Jarmulowicz of Alabama; Sandy Dimke of Seabrook, SC; and Chris Kirk of St. Helena Island, SC; painters Sharon Reilly of Beaufort, SC; Jerry Stocks of Beaufort, SC; Eve Miller of St. Helena Island, SC; Karole Turner Cambell of Charleston, SC; Erinn Szare of Beaufort, SC; Deanna Bowdish of Beaufort, SC; Gina Sismilich of Lady’s Island, SC; Jean Norton-Torjussen of Beaufort, SC; Jessica Montgomery of Michigan; Jon Goebel of Bluffton, SC; Christopher Smalls of St. Helena Island, SC; weaver Kim Keats of Okatie, SC; and jewelry-makers Lynda Lydon of Okatie, SC, and Lee Perry Bender of Beaufort, SC.

Davenport is an accomplished international artist who resides in Beaufort. She is most well known for her highly realistic portraits, trompe l’oiel techniques and her exquisite sense of detail. She received her BFA from Pratt Institute in NY and her MFA from the University of North Carolina. Her work can be found in many private and public collections throughout the US, including the National Museum of American Art, the Corcoran Gallery, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

“People should come out to see the show, to see a fresh eye, since I haven’t juried a show in a long time, or even here in Beaufort. I didn’t want to have marshgrass landscapes as a theme, because those are so prevalent, so I wanted to avoid those as much as I could. There’s still a couple of those in there. It was a choice, going for what I thought is quality and if the images had something to say- that’s the most important thing really, because that’s the basis of what art does, making a statement,” says Davenport.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the gallery at 843-379-2787 or visit (


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