‘Racing the Storm’ by Kari Swanson

It’s an exciting time for Beaufort Art Association.  Almost 20 years ago the Beaufort Art Association Gallery opened its doors on Port Republic  Street, then moved to the EIliot House on Bay Street and finally the present storefront location at 913 Bay Street.  To encourage, support and provide opportunities for the artistic growth of its members is the main purpose of BAA.  With that in mind Beaufort Art Association Gallery welcomes all member artists to exhibit, whether an established, professional artist or just emerging. By doing this BAA contributes to the Beaufort community with aesthetic and educational experiences in the visual arts.

Six years ago the Board of Directors decided to take a pro-active approach to the Association’s non-profit gallery. A section of the gallery was designated “Brick Wall Gallery at Beaufort Art Association” and was created for members who wanted rent

‘October, Los Olivos California’ by Karen Peluso

larger spaces within the Gallery to exhibit their work.

To mark the Brick Wall Gallery’s  6th Anniversary BAA is having a party. To coincide with Downtown Beaufort’s First Friday, BAA will host an open house and reception on Friday November 5. The Brick Wall Gallery now has ten exhibiting members:  wood Turner Frank Anson and basket maker Karen McCarthy,  fine art painters Anne Kennedy, Kari Swanson, Donna Cole,  Susan McCarthy,  Marion Sanders, photographers Sandy Dimke and Karen M. Peluso,  and mixed media artist Jacqueline Jones.  Each artist has a portion of the Brick Wall Gallery devoted to his/her art and will be on hand to discuss their work. Originals as well as prints and notecards by these artists are also available.

Beaufort Art Association Gallery has over 70 local artists exhibiting in their main gallery and boutique area.  Besides wall art, the gallery also exhibits exquisitely crafted pottery, raku, fiber art and jewelry.  Many of these artists will also be on hand on Friday evening November 5th to speak about their art.

The public is invited to attend.  Refreshments will be served.