BAA-Groves-ItalianRosesIt’s SPRING SHOW time again for The Beaufort Art Association. The exhibit, this year themed “Artistically Lowcountry,” is the longest running non-juried art show in the Lowcountry.

To commemorate its 52nd year, some exciting changes have been made. In previous years the Spring Show has been held at the Green Street Gym (Charles Lind Brown Center). This year, it’s moving downtown, to the Old Bay Market Loft. This venue will showcase the quality of the art work in a more gallery-like setting and give greater visibility for displaying the work. Though the non-juried section remains the focus of the show, an additional challenge of a Juried Exhibit had been added. Artists have the opportunity to have their work reviewed by a nationally known artist and a select few will be “juried” into the show.

The BAA is pleased to announce that artist Bill Davidson of Atlanta GA will be the juror for the juried portion of the show. Davidson is a nationally known BAA-Chris-Groveslandscape painter and is represented in many galleries throughout the country. He is a signature member of the Oil Painters of America and the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast and has been the recipient of many national awards and prizes. Davidson, also a popular workshop instructor, will be holding a plein air painting workshop in conjunction with the show. The workshop’s focus will feature the clouds, skies and marshes of the Lowcountry and will run from March 13 until March 16, 2013. There are a few spaces remaining in the workshop so interested artists should contact the Beaufort Art Association Gallery (843-521-4444) for additional information.

The judge for the non-juried portion of the show will be Christopher Groves of Charleston SC and Boulder CO. Groves is also a nationally known artist, a member of the Oil Painters of America, Plein Air Painters of the Southeast and the American Impressionist Society. Groves shows his work in galleries throughout the US and conducts many workshops during the year. Both Davidson and Groves create dynamic, evocative paintings which often depict scenes familiar to those of us who live in or visit and love the Lowcountry.

All artists who wish to enter the Spring Show or become a member of BAA should visit the Beaufort Art Association’s website at: for a complete prospectus, instructions and entry forms. The competition is open to all artists; however, you must become a member of the Beaufort Art Association if you want to enter the show. Generous cash prizes will be awarded to the best of the best and all awards presented at the annual event are made possible by friends, families and businesses that support the arts and the artists in our area. The Spring Show exhibition opens to the public on March 16, 2013 from 10am to 5pm and will run through Saturday, March 23. The members of the Beaufort Art Association invite all members of the community to participate in or attend the show and see the impressive work of our local artists.


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