The Beaufort Art Association is pleased to announce that Tom Lynch, nationally renowned watercolorist and teacher, will be judging BAA’s 47th annual, non-juried Spring Exhibit and Sale.

    The show will open on Friday, April 4 at the Charles Lind Brown Neighborhood Activities Center (formerly the Greene Street Center) on the corner of Greene and Hamar Streets in Beaufort.  The exhibit, on view through April 14, will be open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sundays from 2:00 to 4:00.
    Tom Lynch has written seven books and hosted several award-winning programs on PBS.  Recently listed as one of the nation’s top 20 teachers by a leading art magazine, Lynch is represented by the Hillgoss Gallery, Gottlieb Gallery, Kinion Fine Arts and the Sedona Arts Center.  He has been the spokesperson for the National Art Materials Trade Association and continues as international representative for art material manufacturers such as Holbein and Frederic Canvas.  Tom is currently featured on the Visual Arts Network, a new cable TV channel.  In 2007 he became the CMO and featured artist on the Art Academy Live, a leading on-line education source.
     Lynch’s long list of credentials includes two Lifetime Achievement Awards and Signature membership in many national watercolor societies.  He has been elected into the illustrious Society of American Impressionists as well as Who’s Who in American Art.  In addition to having been the guest artist for many exhibitions, such as the Sedona Plein Air Festival, Tom’s work appeared in a one-man show at the American Embassy in Paris.
     He has been cited in a long list of publications, such as American Artist, Southwest Art, International Artist, Art & Antiques, Today’s Great Masters and the Wall Street Journal. A leading Illinois newspaper features Lynch’s work in color on the front page of its Christmas Day issues.  A video production won a Bronze Award in the “Telly” Competition, equivalent, for the field of video production, to the Academy Awards.
     Some of Tom Lynch’s numerous awards include:  The Municipal Art League of Chicago Award of Excellence and Landscape Artist of the Year.  He is the first American artist selected for honorary membership in the Canadian Watercolor Society.  Tom has been the featured artist for the Men’s, Women’s and Seniors’ U.S. Open Golf Championships and several PGA events and tournaments.  Much of his work has been published, and many of his best paintings are available in Limited Edition prints.  It is no surprise that his paintings are included in private and corporate collections throughout the world.
     In addition to determining who will receive the Best in Show award at the BAA Spring Show, Lynch will judge which artists, in his view, are also deserving of top honors and will select works to receive awards sponsored by local individuals, organizations and businesses.  He will also judge the winners among the works submitted by local high schools.  Last year 153 artists submitted 280 works, so Tom will not have an easy time.
     Regional artists as well as members of the Beaufort Art Association may exhibit either one or two works in the Spring Exhibit and Sale.  Those interested in entering this non-juried show will need to obtain an official prospectus containing the entry forms and rules for this 2008 event.  Non-members can pick up a prospectus at any art gallery on Bay St., including the BAA Gallery in the historic Elliott House at 1001 Bay Street.  A prospectus may also be obtained by submitting a request to:  BAA Spring Exhibit, P.O. Box 625, Beaufort, SC 29901 or by phoning the Gallery office at 379-2222.