By Monique Boissier-Sporn for The Island Connection
Seabrook Island Artist Guild members Sherry Smith and Diane Bean are the artists featured at the Lake House Gallery during the month of January. What better way to start the New Year than with beautiful oil paintings of our gorgeous environment, from fowls wading in the marshes to crashing waves, and river scenery. Smith’s love of color began when she started to explore making collages from colored paper. Her first paper collage “Circus” won an award and her work was entered in an art exhibit at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. After living for over 7 years in Mexico, Smith moved to the Lowcountry in 2005. Nearly 8 years ago, she took a drawing class from Seabrook artist Bob LeFevre, and then continued with oil classes under LeFevre’s guidance, whose specialties are marsh and ocean scenes. Smith wanted to learn as much as she could about “light, clouds, and waves”. All three are constantly changing and the interplay and reflections are constant challenges for her. Diane Bean joined two friends to take watercolor lessons 33 years ago just for fun. After a year of watercolor lessons, Bean and her family moved from Atlanta and the art lessons were discontinued. She moved to Seabrook Island 20 years ago. Once again Bean decided to take art lessons, but this time focusing on oils. She began taking art lessons with Bob LeFevre 8 years ago. Bean is inspired by the beauty of the Lowcountry and enjoys painting sea birds and marsh scenes. This will be Bean’s first exhibit.