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McIntosh to exhibit at FAC starting April 12

Posted: April 5, 2018 3:57 p.m.
Updated: April 6, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County is pleased to announce a new exhibition opening in the Bassett Gallery. Local artist Laurie McIntosh will open her solo exhibition, Environmental Abstractions on April 12. An artist reception is planned for Thursday, April 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. in conjunction with the third and final installment of the FAC’s Chamber Music Series featuring Philip Bush, pianist with Chamber Music Southeast. The exhibition will continue through May 6. The reception will be catered by Ashley’s of Old McCaskill’s Farm. The Bassett Gallery is sponsored by Kornegay Funeral Home.

Above the main drag of South Carolina’s famed Revolutionary War town turned horse racing mecca, in a light-filled, brick-walled loft, a jumble of paintings in various stages of completion are pinned to walls, resting on easels and lying on tables. To the casual observer—and even to one familiar with artists’ studios—the scene is chaotic. How can an artist work in this cabal of canvas, paint, brushes, and wood, jumbled in no particular order, with a solo exhibition looming in a few weeks?

For Camden artist Laurie Brownell McIntosh, whose abstract paintings involve deconstructing ordinary aspects of life and reconfiguring them into finished works, the scene is life imitating art. As she moves through her studio, she knows exactly what needs to be done before her exhibition at the FAC.

McIntosh explains that while her abstracts involve recognizable objects from her life that is split between South Carolina’s Midlands and the coast -- an architectural element here, a comfortable old chair there and what appears to be a piece of horse tack in another -- each one is like a remnant of a dream. Fleeting images rendered in a soothing color palette stir memories and emotions, creating more questions than answers. As such, McIntosh says her work is intentionally open to interpretation.

“The objects one might recognize in my paintings are not exclusively my story,” McIntosh said. “They are pieces and parts of life in the South that connect with my viewer’s memories and prompts them to put together what they see into their story. While my new works are an intimate look at my experiences, they are also personal to the viewer who sees their own life reflected in them.”

In addition to the main exhibition, McIntosh has collaborated with poet Elizabeth Wynne Marshall, on four new images. Marshall was raised in North Carolina, attended school in Virginia and Paris, moved to New York to work on Madison Avenue, but is thrilled to now call McClellanville home. She and her husband, Bennie, both former Camdenites, are currently restoring an old Victorian home. Her writing may be found at ElizabethWMarshall.com.

Over the course of her 35-year career in the arts, the last 23 of which have been dedicated to painting, McIntosh has participated in more than 30 exhibitions of her art. Her work is also collected by both corporate and individual collectors. The Fine Arts Center exhibition will be her first in Kershaw County since relocating to Northlight Studio in Camden after seven years as a full-time resident artist at Vista Studios in Columbia. Environmental Abstractions exhibition will be open weekdays from 10 a.m. to p.m.

For more information call (803) 425-7676, visit the FAC office at 810 Lyttleton St., Camden, or visit the FAC website at www.fineartscenter.org.

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