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Laura Schuler

Mixed media, painting, sculpture

Laura was born on an Air Force base, Chanute in the state of Illinois. Laura has lived in New York, Maryland, Portugal and currently South Carolina. In Maryland, she majored in Fine Arts at AACC and later attended the Schuler School of Fine Art in Baltimore. Laura was working in sculptural and kiln fired art when first introduced to drawing. It wasn’t long before her interest in drawing overtook her art glass, and so began a love affair with graphite, charcoal and figure drawing.

Laura's subjects vary but have a common thread that includes her capturing of movement and emotion. A recent series of dancers illustrate this love for those qualities. A dancer herself, coupled with her love of Christ, meshed. Scriptural passages and their stories can be found in many of her works.

Laura's work has been in many galleries, featuring her glass and drawings. These include The Torpedo Factory in Virginia, Local by Design and Quiet Waters Park Art shows in Annapolis, Md, Beaufort Art Association Gallery and the Art League of Hilton Head Gallery. Laura was most recently a 2023 Artfield’s Competition Artist in Lake City, SC.

Laura serves as an Art educator and served on the Arts curriculum board for OLLI at USCB, VP of Education for the Beaufort Art Association and presently teaches at the Atelier, The Art League Academy of Hilton Head, and for USCB’s OLLIs’ (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) regional locations. Laura’s work can be found at Atelier Off Bay at 203 West Street in downtown Beaufort, SC. Laura is member of the South Carolina Chapter of the Portrait Society of America, accepting commissions.


Abraham Brown

Mixed media, painting, sculpture

Abraham Brown is a retired Marine who has received a B.F.A. in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah GA. Brown works in a wide range of media to include sculpture, video and complex installations.  Brown's work consists of large scaled panel that combines mix media, painting and sculpture to explore the narratives of the imagination, black history, abstract themes and distant memories. He has exhibited works in group and solo exhibitions in Savannah, GA and Beaufort SC.  


Abraham currently resides in Beaufort SC and is presently exhibiting work for the Black Chamber of Commerce, Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, Corkhouse Gallery, and SC Maritime Center.


Pat Carney


Photography bookends Pat Carney’s lifelong career as a working creative. His award winning images have been celebrated from his early years in journalism through mid-career in graphic design. Currently, his fine art photographs are featured in several corporate and private collections.

Carney is a master of event photography where spontaneity rules the scene and motion must be compensated. His performing arts photography can be found on the walls of Capri Theatre, where Prince first took the stage; and in the collection of the prestigious Ordway Theatre and St Paul Chamber Orchestra in the Twin Cities. Meanwhile, special events and milestones are memorialized for friends and families through Carney’s lens.

Landscapes and nature scenes prevail as Carney’s fascination throughout his fine art work. His images make the ordinary, poetic, and make the astonishing seem dimensional.

Other works of Pat Carney have been exhibited throughout the Minneapolis metropolitan area and published in coffee table books. Pat Carney resides in beautiful Beaufort, SC, and remains available for assignments.
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Lynne Fensterer


I have always been drawn to interior design, and after a brief sojourn as a graphic designer in NYC, I began a new career painting in clients’ homes on their walls, ceilings, and floors. For many years I created throughout Long Island, NYC, and surrounding states—and as far away as Florida, Seattle, and San Francisco traveling, ascending scaffolding and painting directly on my client’s walls. After hundreds of completed projects, I realized I somehow needed a way to create these artworks in a studio environment. There was an a-ha moment when I found a 54”paintable liner that could be applied just as wallpaper by a professional paper hanger. They are planned to fit the client’s s pace, style, and color palette. When completed, they are rolled into tubes and sent to the location. The murals and decorative designs I produce are as diverse as the individual client’s decor style. I just love helping people uncover their style to make their homes unique.”

Atelier Off Bay

203 West Street, Beaufort


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Hank Herring


Hank's work has been featured in museums and galleries throughout the United States. His work is in Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Japan and Australia. He utilizes cultural symbols to create wooden stamps for artists working in batik, printmaking, quilting and ceramics. He uses the stamps with cultural symbols to teach educational standards in schools, to demonstrate and instruct at art events with other artists, youth, physically challenged and senior groups.
“We are only limited by our imaginations. I believe, art should stir the soul and ignite the imagination”.
“I’m just passing it forward, it is not mine to keep. I’m paying back what was invested in me, hoping the return is worthy of my investors/ancestors“.

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Amy Minson


Amy Minson, an award winning artist,  has always had an appreciation and passion for the natural world. Her formative years were spent in and around the St. Johns River in unincorporated Jacksonville, Florida, an area known as Mandarin. She witnessed the change as development took over. The natural areas once her playground quickly disappearing, family friends and small business losing their way of life. Her childhood experience along with living in several other riverine areas of the South experiencing rampant development in the name of “progress” remains an influence on her work.


Her art journey started at age five with pastel lessons with her older brothers. Different interests took over resulting in a 30 odd year hiatus. Her return to painting as an adult began in the world of water color inspired by a long time family friend. Several years later pastel came back in the picture, and after various local and national workshops in pastel brought about enough growth to achieve entry into and several awards in local and national shows. Combining her love for nature and the landscape, she was drawn increasingly to oil painting and particularly to En Plein Air. In 2019 Minson was invited with eight other artist to participate in En Plein Air: Scenes of South Carolina celebrating the traditions and style of plein air painting and drawing seen in the Van Gogh and His Inspirations, exhibition held at the Columbia Museum of Art.

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Michael Reibel


Michael is a contemporary representational painter working in oils. His work focuses on the southern landscape as well as his popular Bourbon/Spirits still life series. Michael describes his work as a continual pursuit in visual poetry. He is focused on moving beyond the literal representation of the subject, rather seeking to capture and express something more poetic and expressive. Michael’s studio/gallery at Atelier Off Bay opened in 2020 serving as a second studio in addition to his home studio in Seabrook, SC.

Atelier Off Bay

203 West Street, Studio #7 Beaufort, SC 29902


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Lisa Rivers


Award winning artist Lisa Gilyard-Rivers is the proud owner of Legacy Art Gallery is located at 917 Bay Street Beaufort, S.C. 29902 located in the Old Bay Marketplace. What will catch your attention are the vibrant colors that shine boldly off each canvas. And what you will feel is love. Lisa paints with love and it is felt in her gallery, on the walls each canvas shows her painted brush strokes on each finished piece. Gifts- Tea Towels Mugs Prints Pillows About: Mrs. Lisa Gilyard-Rivers, Local life Magazine Grand Prize winner Artist of the Year. Front cover of Pink Magazine and Lowcountry Weekly. In addition, she was chosen to paint one of several bench designs in Beaufort County. Her desige captures the tranquil view of the Downtown Beaufort Waterfront Marina. With the glistening LowCountry sun shines on the boats and the marsh. On the back she creates the screen of a Gullah couple on the dock enjoy the view of the water near the oak lined road. This unique creation also includes local animal for the kids to find: a squirrel, lizard and some inserts.” Oh what a pleasure to have created such an Legacy”.

Legacy Art Gallery

917 Bay Street Beaufort, S.C. 29902


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Mary Grayson Segars

Oil Painting

Mary Grayson Segars has lived in Beaufort for 27 years and taught herself the fundamentals of oil painting shortly after moving here. She loves painting and finds it very relaxing. Her main interest is light and shadow; I'm intrigued by the effect of light on colors and the shapes that shadows create. She was a biology major by training (College of William & Mary) but have enjoyed this shift to the arts. Her paintings are respresentational, but not highly detailed, and she likes to work with both brushes and palette knives. In the past, she has participated in numerous shows and art fairs, and teaches classes and workshops throughout the Southeast.

Atelier Off Bay, 203 West St, Beaufort, SC

George Davis Fine Art & Antiques, Savannah, Ga

City Art Gallery, Greenville, NC


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Nina Snyder

Oil Painting

Nina started painting for pleasure and relaxation about twenty five years ago. Customers started buying her paintings and following her art when she began displaying miniature oil paintings at her antique center. Nina and her husband Steve closed their Antique Center after a 35 year run but  she continues to paint for pleasure and relaxation. Naturally a new business, Artistry Decor, with a blend of art and antiques (of course) was born.  Starting in 2023 you can see her offerings at the Beaufort Emporium on Bay Street.

Beaufort Emporium on Bay Street

905 Bay Street Beaufort, SC 29902


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Linda Silk Sviland

Handpainted silk apparel designer

Linda Silk Sviland has been employed in the creative arts industry since, as a teenager, she served her apprenticeship in the costume department of the renown Santa Fe Opera. This was followed by a forty-year career as a graphic designer and illustrator for advertising & design firms, national associations, and nonprofits in the Washington DC area. In that capacity she designed critically acclaimed branding for Presidential election campaigns; designed commemorative jewelry presented to royalty and VIPs; was honored by the NAACP; and received the Historic Preservationist Award for her public art installations by Stafford County (Virginia). She has served on boards for numerous Arts organizations, including co-founding Falls Church Arts (Virginia). Now, a Northwest Quadrant Neighborhood resident where she creates exclusive hand-painted silk apparel in her home studio, Linda is actively involved in supporting artist engagement for the Freedman Arts District organization.

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Marc Sviland


Wood turner, making bowls, vases, cremation urns all from recycled local wood.


Beth Tockey Williams

Beth Williams is an award-winning artist and Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, who served as the 2019 Artist in Residence at the Dry Tortugas National Park. Beth earned Fine Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Art Education from Texas Tech University, teaching art for private and public schools as well as art museums across the country and abroad. She began painting full time in 2009, pursuing a career in fine art landscape painting. Her work has been featured in The Pastel Journal’s pastel 100 competition 2018 and 2019, as well as One King's Lane, Charleston Garden and Gun Jubilee, Charleston Style and Design Magazine, Charleston Art Mag, and the summer 2020 issue of Parks and Travel Magazine.

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