Watercolors of Local Artist in Outpatient Care Center Gallery

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: Aug. 6, 2008 – Southeast Georgia Health System is currently hosting the art exhibit "The Watercolors of Laurie Violette" in the Outpatient Care Center Art Gallery, 2500 Starling St., Brunswick. Violette’s works depict natural settings throughout southeast Georgia and the Golden Isles.

Violette, a self-taught artist who makes her home in Kingsland, Ga., went back to college when her children were in junior and senior high school and completed her Bachelor’s degree in biology from Nasson College in Springvale, Maine, before going on to Masters’ degree in biology/botany at Clark University in Worcester, Mass. She taught biology and botany at Nasson College before moving to Kingsland, where she taught biology at Georgia Military College at the Kings Bay Navy Campus. Over the last few years, she has taught watercolor painting at the Camden and Brunswick campuses of what is now the College of Coastal Georgia.

Violette says she has always loved to draw and paint and for a number of years she did pen and ink drawings. Prior to college, she worked as both a printer and folk singer. “I don’t remember what prompted me to try watercolor painting—I suspect God had a hand in it because the process has been altogether too easy and way too much fun for such a touchy medium,” Violette says. “I paint only subjects for which I have strong feelings. Dad taught me to stop and really observe and appreciate even the tiniest things in nature, so flowers and the natural world are my usual subjects. My education in Biology and Botany has left me in awe of the complexity and wonder of God's creation.”

In addition to painting, Violette plays piano, sings in her church’s’ chancel choir, and leads a ladies sextet, “Nothing But Treble.” She and her husband John ring in a bell choir and both enjoy camping, gardening and raising orchids.

This free exhibit of her works will be on display through Aug. 18, and is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The watercolors on display are also for sale and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Health System Foundation. For more information about the exhibit, contact Lynda Dalton-Gallagher at (912) 262-0628 or artdowntown@bellsouth.net.