Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

Artist Luncheon with Mary Whyte — Tues., Dec. 11

Blue Bike’s Author Luncheon Series continues with renowned local artist Mary Whyte, Osteria la Bottiglia, 420 King St. (next door to the bookstore), 12 noon, Tues. Dec. 11, 2012. Tickets are $25 and include lunch, author talk and a champagne-and-dessert reception.

Ms. Whyte will be discussing her new book Down Bohicket Road (USC Press, 152 pp., $49.95). You won’t want to miss this opportunity to meet this gracious and talented artist describe how a group of Gullah women from Johns Island influenced her life and art in astonishing and unexpected ways.

Purchase tickets here.

About the book: Including two decades worth of watercolors, Down Bohicket Road continues the story of Whyte’s relationship with a group of 15 women on Johns Island, following the passing of Alfreda LaBoard, against the backdrop of the ongoing commercial development of Johns Island. For Whyte, the heart of this community remains in the simple homes clustered along Bohicket Road, in the island’s winding tidal creeks, and in a small church where eighteen hardscrabble women gather in fellowship each week. In her book Whyte illustrates that both watercolors and friendships can be the unpredictable results of an abundance of blessings.

All royalties from the sale of this book benefit the Hebron Saint Francis Senior Center on Johns Island.

Mary Whyte is a teacher and author whose figurative paintings have earned national recognition. Her portraits are included in numerous corporate, private, and university collections, as well as in the permanent collections of South Carolina’s Greenville County Museum of Art and the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston. Whyte’s work has been featured inInternational Artist, Artist, American Artist, Watercolor, American Art Collector, L’Art de l’Aquarelle, and numerous other publications. Whyte is the author of Working South: Paintings and Sketches by Mary Whyte, Painting Portraits and Figures in Watercolor, An Artist’s Way of Seeing, and Watercolor for the Serious Beginner. Her work can be found at Coleman Fine Art in Charleston.

Artis Mary Whyte