Phyllis Crimmel, Terri A. Davis,
Pam Hagan, Renee Levin,
Ellen Long, Jack Mayers,
Carol Newsome, Hetty Nijman,
Bev Peacock, And Betty Powell
are the “Thursday Painters”

The Beaufort Art Association will feature an exhibition of recent paintings and prints of the “Thursday Painters” at the BAA Gallery in the historic Elliott House at 1001 Bay Street in downtown Beaufort. The exhibit, entitled “The Thursday Painters”, will be on view from Sept 15 through Nov. 1, 2008. A reception for the artists will be held at the BAA Gallery on Friday, Sept.19 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

The Thursday Painters are a group of Beaufort artist who have been painting together for more than thirteen years. Each artist, having chosen his or her medium and subject, works at their own pace. Ideas are shared over lunch, and painting continues into the afternoon. The exhibit will include works by Phyllis Crimmell, Terri A. Davis, Pam Hagan, Renee Levin, Ellen Lone, John Mayers, Hatty Nijman, Beverly Peacock, and Betty Powell.

Phyllis Crimmel values the strong friendships she has formed while painting with this group and experimenting with both abstract and realistic painting with all types of water media. Her inerest in travel and nature suggest varied subjects. Phyllis has been a member of BAA since 1998.

Terri Davis, of Italian heritage, reminisces about the richness of the Tuscan countryside and memories of her father who encouraged her to paint. She frequently travels to Italy which provides unmatched inspiration for Terri.

Pam Hagan received her BFA from the  University of Georgia and later studied art education from Kennesaw State University and has been teaching adult art classes since 1989. Pam’s art regularly appears in the BAA Gallery and is on display in various collections around the southeast. Pam has been a member of BAA since moving to Beaufort in 2000 and loves having artist like herself around her to fuel her inspiration.

Renee Levin has been a Beaufort resident since 1951, and she is a charter member of the Beaufort Art Association. Serving as president in addition to holding other offices has enabled her to contribute significantly to the organization’s growth and effectiveness. She has a degree in fine arts from the University of Georgia and is honored to be an award winning artist. She is hopeful that others will gain a sense of the beauty of the wonderful landscape this area has to offer through her work.

Ellen Long moved to Fripp Island in 1996 where she was able to return to her first love of painting after twenty-three years of interior design. While studing watercolor with Gloria Dalvini, she meet a wonderful group of artists who became close friends. When classes ended, the group continued to meet every Thursday to paint, share artistic inspirations, and to critique one another's work. She feels that this weekly commitment, shared with others with similar interests, has enhanced her growth as an artist.

John Mayers, called “Jack” by his friends, has been drawing and painting since grade school and has been a member of the Beaufort Art Association ever since moving to Beaufort in 1988. He earned an associate's degree, with a concentration in studio art from the University of South Carolina, Beaufort. After grduation he first devoted himself to enameling, then, in 2004, he switched to colored pencils. At that time he joined the BAA Thursday painting group and has been a regular member ever since.

Carol Newsome considers herself to be a realistic painter - she likes to paint what she sees. Painting with her friends over the years has been invaluable. She says, “They offer me support and encouragement to keep painting. The Thurday Painters also help me learn new techniques and consider new approaches, all of which improve my paintings.”

Hetty Nijman has been painting with the Thursday Painters for many years. “Reserving that one day a week for painting recharges my batteries; it boosts my commitment, and if you don't commit, art will not happen! Not the least is the joy of working with art-minded people and finding enduring friendships through art.” Hetty earned a BA in Art from Northen Illinois University. Then “life took over.” After a long hiatus she began painting again.  Hetty finds that art is a road of discovery that will continue to be a challenge for her for many years to come.

Beverly Boulware Peacock is a native of Minnesota who moved to South Carolina in 1952. She became active in garden clubs and winning several awards, both local and statewide, for her floral designs. She finds painting the wonderful colors and shapes of flowers especially exciting, and she also enjoys painting the Low Country architecture and beautiful water scenes. Beverly says, “Painting with the Thursday Group is my favorite activity. The members encourage, inspire and help one another to build self-confidence. Painting with friends is a blessed opportunity I will always treasure. Thursday is the most important day of my week.”

Betty Powell’s artistic inspiration is drawn from nature and all of God’s creation. She elaborates, “Recently I have been drawn to rocks and water. They remind me of my faith. The rocks represent a solid foundation and the water, the living spirit that moves within me. All of art is an experiment to me. I love to try new techinques. I may never produce a masterpiece, but the journey is wonderful.“

The works of over 70 member artists will be shown, including painting, photography, jewelry, glass, ceramics, wood, and note cards.  Gallery hours are 10am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday. For further information, please call the Gallery at 843-379-2222.

The Thursday Painter’s works can be viewed locally at the Beaufort Art Association Gallery. The BAA Gallery hours are 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday. The works of over 75 member artists are on exhibit – including paintings, photographs, jewelry, glass, ceramics and note cards. For more information please call the office at 379-2222.