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Five artists show off their beach art

Posted on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 11:11 am

Second Friday Art Walks have been a tradition in Colonial Beach for a number of years. Each month various venues from the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce to Artists’ Alliance at JarrettThor feature different artists.

This month, to tie in with the 50th Anniversary of the “Virginia is for Lovers” marketing slogan, the Chamber of Commerce offered a show entitled “Virginia is for Beach Lovers.” Six artists, five from Colonial Beach, were featured at the Chamber building on Friday and will have their work remain until the August walk.

Joyce Reid, Lauren Lewis, Taylor Carlton, Doris Barbee, Clinton Helms, and Suzy Pietras-Smith were the featured artists. With work that ranged from the whimsical beach art of Lewis to the delightful mosaics of Reid’s to the local Colonial Beach Photography of Pietras-Smith the show had something for everyone.

Carlton’s Wicked Weird art featured sea creatures and beach scenes done in her own style of painting. She works at the Cooper Library and volunteers with the Colonial Beach Recreation Association.

Reid’s mosaics, which featured water related creatures from the mythical mermaid to the fantastic pink flamingos, are in the window at the Chamber building to take advantage of the light. Reid is a long time crafter and artist who is inspired by the beauty of the Potomac and Northern Neck.

Barbee is a long time Colonial Beach artist whose paintings featured many beach scenes including one of Dexter the swan who is one of the swans who graces the shores of Colonial Beach.

Lewis’ work features whimsical sayings and bikinis in beach colors that are perfect for beach cottages and sea-themed homes in the area. With her dynamo personality, she kept many of the patrons enraptured throughout the evening.

For the full article, pick up the latest Westmoreland News 7/17/19

One of Pietras-Smith’s photographs, titled “Two if by Sea” is on display at Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce.