BEAUFORT — The Mattie King Davis Art Gallery will host a free exhibition on Friday, December 3 from 4:30-6 p.m. featuring the work of longtime friends Jimmy Craig Womble, Lisa Tuchek and Mandy Johnson.
They will also be the gallery’s featured artists for the Beaufort Holiday Art Walk on Saturday, December 11 from 1 to 5 p.m. and the gallery’s featured artists for the months of December and January.
“We are extremely excited to welcome this fun trio back for a second holiday season!” Hannah Taylor, director of public relations for the Beaufort Historic Site, noted in a press release. “From Johnson’s use of fine lines and blocking, to Tuchek’s use of mixed media, and Womble’s beautiful use of oils to capture oblivion – these three offer variety for any art lover” ,
Although their styles may differ, this trio of friends have always found inspiration in each other and have been creating together for years. They held various shows together and even created a group called Side Show Art, which consisted of only the three. Side Show Art held several exhibitions in local private homes and also had a website where they sold small paintings. Eventually, the trio embarked on other adventures, but they never failed to participate in the event that first brought them together, the Beaufort Holiday Art Walk.
In 2011, Tuchek created the Beaufort Holiday Art Walk, a tradition that is now carried on by the Carteret County Arts Council each December. The Art Walk is a way for local artists to come together and display their works in various shops and restaurants around town.
Of their first experience showing their work together at the Art Walk, Tuchek said, “We naturally gravitated towards each other. It has become a tradition now to do the Art Walk together. I can’t imagine not.
While the trio were featured at various locations during the Art Walk, Tuchek says she loves being at the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery with Johnson and Womble because it gives them more room for creations and power. showcase their work next to each other for a longer period of time.
For more information on the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery and/or the artists, visit historicalsitebeaufort.orgcall 252-728-5225 or visit the gallery, which is located on the grounds of the Beaufort Historic Site at 130 Turner St.