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"Poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree." And Carol Newsome -- who is the Beaufort Art Association's featured artist starting Monday and running through Feb.12.'
"I think of Joyce Kilmer's poem every time I paint a tree," Newsome said. '
Newsome is well known for her expressive Angel Oak watercolor (2000) on the exhibit's posters. Visitors to the new show, at the Port Republic Street Gallery, can expect more Beaufort trees, including The Old Bay Street Oak, well known to Beaufortonians.'
Newsome, who had worked in retail for 24 years, discovered of her talent, eight years ago. "I was inspired by my sister in Michigan. She is a watercolor artist. First I just 'messed around.'" Newsome then took workshops from local watercolorist, Gloria Dalvini and now paints several times a week. At least one day a week is spent painting with a group of artists from the Beaufort Art Association. "I have a wonderful feeling when I paint," she explains. "It's just what happens when you create."'
During the six-week feature at the BAA Gallery, Newsome will exhibit more than a dozen of her watercolors. In addition to tree "portraits" the show includes landscapes, still lifes and a few architectural pieces such as Newsome's "Old Seabrook Barn" and a local church. '
A reception for Newsome is planned from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday at the gallery, which is located at 905 Port Republic St. '
The public is invited to browse the gallery's entirely new show, as well as meet Carol and see her special exhibit. '
For more information, visit the gallery, which is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday or call 379-2222. '
BAA is a non profit organization open to artists and art lovers and is funded in part by The South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. '
The art association's Web site is www.allbeaufort.com/baa.