Local Life: Beaufort County artists share their plans for the summer

lisa@beaufortcountyarts.comMay 28, 2012 

Dedicating time to work is imperative for artists, as it is for most small-business people. Gertrude Stein, a literary artist and collector of art, once said, "It takes a heap of loafing to write a book."

I say summertime is the right time for some productive loafing.

"This summer, I am planning to paint at least two eight-hour days a week," said Mary Jane Martin, whose "How I See It" show at the Beaufort Art Association runs through June 23. "I want to take time to process what I discovered during my latest paint marathon. I've been pushing myself in three different directions."

Mary Jane's experimentation includes the use of locks and fasteners to bring together shapes, and the use of text as texture.

Lil Simpson, a new resident artist at ARTworks -- where one more studio still is available -- also will be painting, and is grateful for the break from her classes at the Technical College of the Lowcountry. She enjoyed her English class with Donna Mayba so much that, this summer, Lil intends to write poetry.

"I want a story for each painting, not just a title."

Her main task is determining exactly how to attach the poem, since it won't be in the painting itself. "When I paint, I always have a story inside."

Jennifer Kassing-Bradley at Coastal Art Supply said her art project this summer is to create a nursery for a baby girl due in October.

"We are going with a lighter neutral violet paint on three walls and on the fourth wall, a painted floral pattern on a darker version of the violet. Her white crib, changing table and wardrobe can pop out against the color."

Coastal Art Supply classes will continue on Port Republic Street, she added.

Jada Gray has research and travel plans, which she'll be able to indulge once her gallery show at ARTworks is under way. The artist reception for "Art of Clay" is from 5 to 7 p.m. June 8, just before the 7:30 curtain of "Picasso at the Lapin Agile."

"I will be researching Parc G

Lisa Annelouise Rentz is the transmedia publicity leader for ARTworks, the community arts center in Beaufort. She is developing the "Creative Writing with Kids" app, and can be reached at lisa@beaufortcountyarts.com.

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