A celebration of our town's 300 year history in paintings

Mac Rogers, featured artist for the January 10 changeover, has chosen the theme of "Beaufort, SC - Past, Present, and Future: A celebration of our town's 300 year history in paintings." The town observes its 300th birthday on January 17, 2011, and Mac has attempted to complement the celebration with paintings illustrating how our town has evolved over the years and to provide a glimpse into a part of the future.

Beaufort relied on water transportation and had strong religious faith in the early years. Mac's paintings show, for example, how the waterfront of Beaufort has changed over the years, but how many of the original places of worship remain now as they were originally built. The same is true for many of the historically significant homes in town - essentially unchanged by the passing of time.

Mac also reflects on the evoluion of Bay Street - from horse and buggy days to the current day and its challenges. Finally his collection includes illustrations of what he considers "timeless treasures" - the natural setting and people of the Beaufort area.

A native of Orangeburg, SC, Mac graduated from Clemson University in 1972. He began flying and painting at a young age, and pursued flying as a career and painting as a hobby - until 2004. Painting then became a very pleasurable second career. Mac retired June 1, 2004 from a 25 year career as a pilot for Delta Air Lines in Atlanta. While living in the Atlanta area he studied with Ben Shute, founder of the Atlanta College of Art, and Tony Couch - fellow Delta pilot and acknowledged watercolor artist, author, and teacher. Mac’s interest in painting was directly influenced by the art of Jim Harrison of Denmark, SC.

Mac and Melanie, his bride of 40 years - and also of Orangeburg, have been residents of the Beaufort area since 1989. They have two children and four grandchildren.

Mac has invited Savannah harpist Leslie Adair to entertain at the opening reception on Friday, January 14 from 5:30 -7:30 and looks forward to seeing all his BAA friends and their guests.