karol-thompson-roadtripKarol Thompson will exhibit new works in graphite and pastels at the Charles Street Gallery in Beaufort from January 27 – February 18.

            A sixth generation Floridian now living in the Lowcountry, Karol has a PhD in Arts Education from Penn State and spent much of her career teaching Art and Humanities.

            “As far back as I can remember I was drawing,” she says. “I had meant to be an artist. I hadn’t meant to fall in love with teaching, but I did. That fact set the direction of my life.”

            Now retired from teaching and living in Habersham, Karol works in her studio daily. “Mykarol-thompson-dock work is largely perceptual,” she says. “It is done directly from nature or from photographs taken from nature. I love the mystery of looking at a small flower up close or a great land/sea scape at a distance, then responding to each without actually knowing where I am going or how I am going to get there . . . The process is everything. In the ‘doing’ of the work I lose myself. It always seems impossible, in the beginning. Then, like the runner, I find my pace and my joy. In the end I realize that I have arrived at a place that I can reach in no other way.” 

            You’re invited to meet Karol Thompson and view her work at an opening reception on Friday, January 27 from 5:30 – 9 pm. The Charles Street Gallery is an established source for Lowcountry and international art, presented within a carefully renovated house surrounded by a lush garden in the middle of Beaufort’s historic district at 914 Charles St. 29902. 843-521-9054. www.thecharlesstreetgallery.com