“COASTAL IMPRESSIONS”

TRICIA GARDNER BRINGS VIVID COLOR TO COASTAL SCENES IN HER NEW EXHIBIT AT THE BEAUFORT ART ASSOCIATION

New Beaufort Art Association Show Runs April 2 to May 12

The Beaufort Art Association is proud to present “Coastal Impressions,” an exhibition of paintings by featured artist Tricia Gardner. The exhibit will run from April 2, 2012 to May 12, 2012 with an opening reception on Friday evening, April 6 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 p.m. at the Beaufort Art Association Gallery, 913 Bay Street. The event is free and open to the public. The show will include new, original oil paintings of all sizes as well as a few works in acrylics.

Paintings in the exhibit capture scenes from the Lowcountry and Tricia’s home in Maine, as well as tableaus from her travels all over the world. As her works convey, she has a particularly soft spot for places that are worn and aging gracefully, not the repainted and restored. Vibrant hues and colorful reflections are hallmarks of her work.

Tricia was discouraged from studying art in college, and was told that she would spend her life “starving” if she followed that path. As a result, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University, followed by work at George Washington University. Afterwards, she went on to become one of the first women in a senior managerial position in the federal government in Washington, D.C., working with the US Navy, Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, and others.

Tricia found herself drawn to Beaufort for several reasons. She wanted a place where she could paint and be active all year. She says that she was first attracted to the town’s “antebellum charms,” and she’s created paintings of the Castle in downtown Beaufort several times. She’s also an active tennis player and golfer. She discovered Beaufort on one of her golfing trips along the Eastern seaboard and decided to settle here after retirement.

In this second act of her artistic career, Tricia’s works have homes well beyond Beaufort. Since she displays in galleries in Maine and Beaufort, her paintings have gained popularity with visitors to the East Coast from locations all over the United States and the world, including Australia, South America, the Caribbean, and Europe. The bold strokes, worn but beautiful subjects, and rich colors of her work have earned her a following. Tricia says, simply, “I want to capture the memories. I’m just happy that people want my paintings.”

“Coastal Impression,” an exhibition of oil paintings by Tricia Gardner will run from April 2 to May 12, 2012 with an opening reception on Friday evening, April 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Beaufort Art Association Gallery, 913 Bay Street.