Working South: Mary Whyte
April 6 - July 7, 2013
(Left) Mary Whyte, Fish Shack Operator, 2007, watercolor on paper
Working South reveals an intimate portrayal of the workers left behind by so-called progress and outsourcing: cotton pickers, wooden boat builders, textile mill workers, crabbers, shrimpers, the shoe shine man, and so on. Traveling the South for three and a half years, artist Mary Whyte, who lives in Charleston, South Carolina, interviewed and painted dozens of people in various industries that are quickly vanishing or dramatically changing. Through the challenging medium of watercolor, Whyte has taken the unseen and given them a face we cannot easily forget. The exhibition will include 30 major watercolors, 20 accompanying watercolor studies, and a selection of the artist’s sketchbooks. The Peninsula Fine Arts Center is the final stop on the tour that included the Morris Museum of Art, Gibbes Museum of Art and Telfair Museum of Art.
Prefaces 2013: May 4 - 26
Regional high school students are featured in this juried exhibition. Opening reception is 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. May 5, with awards presentation at 3 p.m.
Studio Art School Showcase: June 1 - July 7
(Right) Winslow Homer, The Sharpshooter on Picket Duty
Picturing the Civil War: Engravings by Winslow Homer and other Artists
For Loan! - Peninsula Fine Arts Center acquired thirty original wood engravings (20 single sheet and 10 double-sheet images), which include 11 of Homer’s works, as well as others by Thomas Nast, Alexander Simplot and additional artists—some unidentified—of the period. Using archival materials, we have beautifully matted, framed, and labeled each engraving, so we may lend them to anyone interested in hosting a piece of the Civil War in their classroom, business, or any other facility. Click here for more info.