The colorful work of Beaufort artist Laura Cody will soon be on display at the Beaufort Art Association. The BAA Gallery’s new exhibit with Cody as featured artist will begin on April 9, and her paintings will be shown through May 12. The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Friday, April 13 from 7:30 p.m. The works of more than 90 members of the BAA Gallery will also be on display. In addition to framed paintings in a variety of media, the gallery offers prints, photographs, unframed matted originals, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, baskets, wooden bowls and greeting cards. The gallery is housed in the historic Elliott House at 1001 Bay Street in downtown Beaufort.

Laura Cody was born and reared in New York City and has lived in a number of cities throughout the United States. After a successful career in the medical profession, she and her husband Bill retired to Beaufort. Throughout her life, Laura has loved art, and she managed to squeeze in art classes and workshops to further her skills while juggling a career and raising three children. Upon moving to the beautiful Lowcountry of South Carolina, Laura says, “The artist in me exploded with a passion. Everywhere I looked I saw beauty, and I was determined to capture that beauty on canvas.”

Cody paints primarily in oils but also enjoys working with pastels. “My vivid, colorful representations of landscapes, seascapes and still life have been labeled by many of my customers as ‘happy art,’ and I find this very gratifying. I look for beauty in every subject and try to portray that beauty so that others can experience joy through my art. If my paintings make people happy, then I’ve reached that goal.” Laura also finds painting portraits very rewarding. She renders her portraits of children, adults and pets with a lovely sense of realism. She has aptly titled her exhibit “A Passion for Color.”

In addition to the BAA Gallery, Laura’s paintings can be viewed at Fordham Market, the Hilton Head Art League Gallery, Spotted Dog Marketplace, Mangos on Fripp Island and Penelope’s in Bluffton. Though well known in the Lowcountry, Cody is achieving national prominence with so much of her work now hanging in private collections. She enjoys participating in art shows and festivals in the southeastern states, especially since she loves “meeting and interacting with people and talking with them about art.”