FRESH PAINT: New show at SOBA's gallery

Special to The Bluffton PacketOctober 24, 2011 

Bluffton will see some "fresh paint" this week.

The Society of Bluffton Artists' gallery is featuring local artist Murray Sease in its upcoming gallery show titled, "Fresh Paint."

Sease is a 1982 graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she studied graphic design. She now owns a graphic design company and started painting only two years ago after the economy started to slow. Since then, she's begun to establish herself as a successful painter.

"It's a great creative outlet," she said. "It's a good way to stay creative and keep my hand in the business."

Sease has taken one acrylics workshop, but she prefers oil painting.

"I like the way they look and the way that they feel," she said. "I don't really know anything else... Oil doesn't dry really quickly, so you can go back and fix things."

Sease's show will include about 20 of her paintings, which feature Lowcountry scenery and landscapes. Sease attributes much of her success to her husband and family. She said she gets her inspiration from her environment.

"I'm so blessed to be in this area with the beautiful sky, the ocean, the people. I'm inspired by nature, the colorfulness of our area. The people, the places -- everything is just vibrant. It makes me just happy to paint this area and the things in it."

The show name "Fresh Paint" refers to an inside joke between Sease and other SoBA members.

"I'm always kind of rushing to get things done," Sease explained. "A lot of times when I bring a painting to the gallery, it's still wet ... . I thought the others would get a kick out of the name."

Sandra Wenig, vice president of SoBA, described Sease's work as colorful, vibrant and fresh.

"She's obviously got it within her," Wenig said. "She has the eye."

Wenig said the Society of Bluffton Artists features a new artist every six weeks. The public is invited to a reception for "Fresh Paint" from 3-5 p.m. Oct. 2 at the SoBA Gallery at the corner of Church and Calhoun streets in old town Bluffton.

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