Dearly-BelovedBeaufort Art Association’s 54th annual Spring Exhibit and Sale is now in its final days. The Show opened last Saturday, March 21 and will continue until Saturday, March 28 at Old Bay Marketplace Loft. Open from 10-5 daily.

Last week local artist and educator, Amiri Geuka Farris judged over 150 works of art by some of the finest artists in Beaufort. As sun streamed into the exhibit space, Mr. Farris looked for both technical excellent and creativity as he selected his top choices.


This year Best in Show was awarded to Joan Templer for Dearly Beloved, a striking monotone acrylic painting.  (See above)

1st Place – Bill Cochrane Memorial Award : Mary Segars for “The Catch, A Young Fisherman in Mozambique”

2nd Place – Stuart Jones Memorial Award : Gloria Dalvini for “Side Gate”

3rd Place – Dennis Fuller Memorial Award: Robert Ryzner for “Rousseau Revisted”

Carroll Stevenson Memorial Award for Watermedia: Audrey Montgomery for “Saltwater Tackle”

Rick Stevenson Memorial Award for Photography: Ed Funk for “Misty Morning”

Hamption Wildlife Fund Natural Resources Award: Larry Kay for “Great Egret with Breeding Plumage and Babies”

BAA Founders Award: Pat Kelly for “Put on a Happy Face”

Gay Torrey Mixed Media Award: Lynn Brown for “Flourish”

Letty Lee Saville Award: Cynthia Zeiss for Just Imagine

Joy Keyserling Award: Frank Anson for Tuba Bowl Take 2

Leith Paul Trask Award: Robert Steinmetz for “Tethered II”

E. Carew Rice Award: Sandy Dimke for “Havana: Through the Windshield”

Evelyn Neidich Award: Mary Ann Putzier for “Tree Nymph”

Norm Green Award: Tommie Tonier for “A River Runs Through It”

Beaufort High, Battery Creek and Whale Branch High Schools also submitted over 100 works of art for the exhibit and judging. Best in Show for the High Schools: Rose Stewart (Beaufort High) for “A Freckled Reflection”. Other high school winners include Hakim Griffin, Jenny Mossage, Annette Burkey, Morris Williams and Joy Green.

Spring Show Judge Amiri Farris will also be holding a Mixed Media Workshop on Saturday, March 28 from 1-3 pm for $80. Please contact Sandy Dimke if you are interested in registering.

Old Bay Marketplace Loft is located at 917 Bay Street in Downtown Beaufort. Beaufort Art Association is a non-profit 501-c 3. The public is invited to attend.