Sunday, February 23, 2014

Art Gallery of Viera is Proud to Present Our Featured Artist for March, Beverly Morgan

Like most artists, Beverly Morgan has experimented with a variety of media. When she enrolled in college, she had a dual major of Biology and Home Economics. . She taught high school clothing and textiles for 5 years. When she quit teaching ,to raise her twin sons, the quilting boom had begun and she went with it. The quilt wall hangings represent that period of her life.

When she re-entered the work force, it was as a sales representative for an educational textbook publisher, McGraw-Hill. She enrolled in night classes at the College of DuPage to add fun into her life.  She took year long courses in drawing and painting and that is how she became a watercolorist. She moved to Florida from Illinois and painted all of the usual Florida subjects, its flora and fauna. She still paints, but her latest challenge is painting abstracts. With realism she says, you know what the final painting is supposed to look like and sometimes you get there to perfection and sometimes you don't. With abstracts, there are no guidelines.  It has to come out of your head and heart.

She had a rock collection as a grade school kid and her fascination with rocks never waned as she matured. She went to rock shows and rock shops when on vacation and eventually wanted to learn how to make jewelry with some of her specimens. She took several courses in silversmithing at the College of DuPage, William Holland School of Lapidary Arts and Central Brevard Rock and Gem Club.  While working with silver is fine jewelry, she was attracted to the creative and free aspect of working with copper and cold connections. With silver, one polishes to remove scratches. With copper, one hammers and adds texture on purpose.

She continues to make jewelry and to paint. The artist in her needs the creative outlet and she is grateful to have the Art Gallery of Viera to display her work.

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