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"Working South"

    Join Mary Whyte for an
    extraordinary workshop in
    watercolor in New Orleans,
    Louisiana. Using live models, Mary
    will demonstrate and guide you
    through the techniques of planning
    your compositions, drawing,
    mixing color and creating great
    backgrounds. She will show you
    how to work with the model,
    avoid mistakes and give personal
    critiques and great tips for
    marketing your work.  Mary’s
    work is in many corporate and
    museum collections, and has been
    featured in International Artist,
    American Artist, Artist Magazine,
    and American Art Collector
    magazines. She has been awarded
    the Portrait Society of America's
    Gold Medal.
We have several of Mary's
books available.
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Mary Whyte

The Best of Watercolor
watercolor - all levels welcome

March 6 - 8, 2017

New Orleans, LA >>>


    African-American Gullah women of Johns Island, South Carolina, near where she lives, in recent years Whyte has
    turned her attention to paintings of southern laborers.  Whyte’s exhibition of fifty paintings and drawings called
    “Working South” began touring several museums March 2011, and was the subject of feature on CBS Sunday

    Mary Whyte is the author of several books about painting, and her work has been featured in numerous periodicals
    and magazines including International Artist, Artist Magazine, American Artist and American Art Collector.  Her work
    has been included in many national exhibitions including shows with the Butler Museum of American Art, the
    American Watercolor Society, the Greenville County Museum of Art in Greenville, South Carolina, and the Allied
    Artists of America.

    Whyte is a faculty member of the Portrait Society of America, and continues to teach painting workshops
    nationwide.  Her work can be viewed at Coleman Fine Art in Charleston, South Carolina. Whyte has illustrated over a
    dozen children’s books, having several projects published by Chronicle Books and Dial Books. Many of the
    illustrations are now in collections of private individuals and institutions including the Mazza Collection of Children’s
    Book illustrations of the University of Findlay in Ohio.

    In 1991, Mary Whyte and her husband Smith Coleman, moved to an island on the South Carolina coast and developed
    close friendships within the African-American community. Soon after her arrival and quite by accident, she met
    Alfreda LaBoard, and her intrepid group of senior citizens who gather weekly to make quilts and socialize in a small
    rural church. Long time residents of Johns Island and descendants of slaves, these women would change her life and
    her paintings in astonishing and unexpected ways. Mary Whyte’s book, Alfreda’s World (Wyrick & Company, 2003),
    is about the shared experiences and values that deepened the friendship between the two remarkable women. The
    story is told in the touching watercolors and drawings that the artist created over a ten-year period.

    MARY WHYTE is a teacher and author whose figurative watercolor paintings have earned international recognition.  
    A resident of Johns Island, South Carolina, Whyte garners much of her inspiration from the Gullah descendants of
    coastal Carolina slaves who number among her most prominent subjects.  In 2003, Whyte’s paintings of her Gullah
    friends culminated in a museum exhibition and book called Alfreda’s World.  

    In 2011, Whyte’s ground breaking exhibition Working South opened with fifty works at the Greenville County
    Museum of Art in South Carolina.  Four additional museums signed on to exhibit the large-scale, sensitively rendered
    watercolors depicting blue-collar workers in industries vanishing throughout the south.  Whyte’s unrivaled mastery of
    the watercolor medium, along with this exhibition, was featured on CBS Sunday Morning.  Her book, Working South,
    reverences each painting and sketch with background stories of the Southern people and places beautifully portrayed
    within the exhibition.  

    Down Bohicket Road, released November 2012, is her comprehensive book of paintings completed over a twenty-year
    period on Johns Island.  It is a rich, visual tribute to friendship that crosses cultural and racial borders and reaches
    straight to the heart.  

    Whyte was one of ten watercolor artists in the world invited to the China and Foreign Countries International
    Watercolour Summit at the Nanning Art Gallery in Nanning China, October 2013.  Simultaneously, The Butler Institute
    of American Art showcased twenty of Whyte’s major works in a solo exhibition named after her recently released
    biography titled, More Than A Likeness, The Enduring Art of Mary Whyte, written by Martha R. Severens and
    published by University of South Carolina Press.  

    November 2013 Whyte was featured in a solo exhibition at the National Arts Club in New York City.  This exhibition
    was extended due to the overwhelming positive public response.  Her most recent exhibition will include The World
    Watermedia Exposition, in Thailand, 2014.

    Whyte is the author of Painting Portraits and Figures in Watercolor, Watercolor for the Serious Beginner, and An
    Artist’s Way of Seeing.  She continues to teach watercolor nationwide and in Europe.

Class Outline

    This is a studio workshop with three days with live models.

    Mary will demonstrate each morning and then offer support at individual easels for the remainder of the workshop day.

    We will plan a class dinner on day 2 of our workshop. This is an optional no-host dinner, but great fun to get together,
    outside of the workshop, and spend some more quality time. We will talk about this once we are all together in New