Paige Nelson and her Blue Crab

Art extends beyond the confines of a frame at Thibault Gallery’s First Friday event from 5- 8 pm Friday, June 7, featuring Lowcountry artist Paige Nelson’s vibrant three-dimensional fiber art sculptures.

Each piece starts with yesterday’s news, strips of repurposed paper Paige recycles into art. She is drawn to iridescent inks, watery and bright, like the sunset over the marsh. After 20 years of interior design where the work is quiet, restful, and somewhat monochromatic, “I am relishing color,” Nelson said. Her giant blue crab and sea turtle are a testament to her tendency to go big or go home.

“My experience is that art is in the oops. Most of my creative challenges stem from those middle-of-the-night, ‘Aha’ moments of ‘What if I tried it like this?’ Then I dash to my studio to give it a shot. Sometimes (most times) there’s a self-taught learning curve where techniques build upon each other, and each attempt is better than the last—which is so cool!”

Located in the heart of Beaufort, Thibault Gallery is one of the focal points of First Friday, showcasing Nelson’s work along with creations from more than 15 Lowcountry artists. Nelson will be on hand with her latest work-in-progress to discuss her sculptural technique.

Her current piece, an oversized jellyfish duo, currently unpainted, can be custom finished to compliment any décor or color palette. Come enjoy the First Friday festivities and take home a customized piece of art with an autograph and a story.

Thibault Gallery is located at 815 Bay Street. For more information, contact gallery owner Mary Thibault at 843-379-4278 or mary@Thibaultgallery,com.