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September 2011

The Reserve at Lake Keowee in Salem, SC, Features Works by Michael Story

The Reserve at Lake Keowee in Salem, SC, is presenting the exhibit, An Artist’s Journey Through the Carolinas, featuring over 30 new works in charcoal, pastel, and oil by Michael Story of Lexington, SC, on view in the Foundation Gallery Building, through Sept. 27, 2011. The exhibition is sponsored by the Reserve Community Foundation.

Born in 1953 in Beloit, WI, Story was encouraged to draw in his childhood and was taught by his grandfather, Ken Osgood, a professional artist. His family moved to Pennsylvania and later to South Carolina. After high school, Story began art studies at East Carolina, then transferred to the University of South Carolina, where he earned a BFA degree in 1975. Later, he began freelancing, establishing himself as an illustrator and designer, but the confinements of advertising art eventually brought about a shift of interest toward fine art.

In 1981, Story enrolled in his first watercolor class with the late South Carolina artist Robert Mills. The following year he traveled to New York, where he studied pastel and oil painting with internationally known artist Daniel Greene.

Story subsequently began experiencing success in competitions and shows, developing a following of corporate collectors, private buyers, and art galleries. His love of the water and familiarity with the southern barrier islands triggered a subsequent exploration of the lowcountry as subject matter for many of his paintings. “People want to be near water, both real and imagined, as it exudes a calm that seems magical. In the studio, I’ve discovered that sense of calm often transcends the painting process when water is incorporated into the composition.”

In 1994, Story began to publish limited-edition prints of his paintings while teaching, guest lecturing, and jurying art shows. Three years later, when Story signed a publishing contract with Canadian Art Prints of British Columbia, his work gained worldwide attention.

Closer to home, Story’s art has been featured in numerous publications, gracing the cover of South Carolina Wildlife magazine and being the focus of a feature article in South Carolina Homes and Gardens and Arts Across Kentucky. His client list has continued to grow, including prominent corporate collectors such as Marriott and Walt Disney World, along with major banking institutions and healthcare facilities. Story also has work showcased in the Bush Presidential Library in Houston, TX.

The Reserve is an exclusive mountain resort community west of Greenville, SC near Clemson.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, contact Kathryn Coleman Gravely, Foundation Director at 864/481-4010 or visit (


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