Friday, September 7, 2012


Now a Free Regular Event at the Beaufort Art Center

Day: Last Thursday, every month (see dates below)
Time: 7pm-9pm
Where: Beaufort Art Center, 204 Turner St, Beaufort, NC.
What: An unamplified, acoustic concert of Drew Wright & another musician(s) for the first 1 1/2 hour.
What more: Opening concert will be followed by a jam until closing
Cost: Free, donations accepted
How: This is a concert so we ask the audience to not talk while the musicians are playing.

Schedule for the rest of 2012 -- dates for the last Thursday of each month:
September 27
October 25
November 29
December 27

Drew and the friend(s) he has chosen for a given night will play until 8:30. After that people who want to jam can join and play until the evening is over.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

About Donna Nyzio's Artwork
An Exhibit at the Beaufort Art Center 
July 27 - August 12
Opening July 27, Friday, 5-9pm
204 Turner St. Beaufort

"Yea. it IS a painting,"  Artist Donna Lee Nyzio says this a lot when people see her work for the first time.
"My work is highly realistic, and also fairly large, so when you shrink it down to put in an article, and it looks even more real."

Donna  was selected to create the first painting used for first commemorative poster of the Annual Beaufort Pirate Invasion to be held on the 10th and 11th of August. This is the first year that the Pirate Invasion has elected to add an official poster to its piratical event and it won't be the last.
"We have received a fantastic response from our sponsors" says Kevin Carlin owner of the Beaufort Trading Company, "It's incredible," sponsors receive a poster as part of a donor package when they make a donation to the invasion. Viewers will have a chance to see the original painting at the artist's painting exhibit to open on the 27th of July and ending with the pirate invasion on August 11th. All the posters this year are part of a signed limited edition or 425 and can be further personalized by the artist at the show opening, demonstration, or during the pirate invasion from 4-5pm at the Arts Center on Turner St in Beaufort.
The posters are $20.00 and are available at the Beaufort Trading Company, at the painting exhibit starting on the 27th, or during the invasion at numerous locations.  The painting depicts a "local pirate" viewing a ship, firing at him, through a spyglass.  

Exhibit Dates And Times:   Friday the 27th of July thru Sunday the 12th of August (show open 5-8pm  Thursdays thru Sundays  and Pirate Invasion hours Fri Aug 10th noon-6 and Sat Aug 11 @10am-6pm).


Donna now lives in Beaufort NC, originally from Rhode Island and has lived in several states on the eastern seaboard. 

Here is what Donna had to say about her work:
I originally came to Beaufort at the request of local pirate horatio sinbad, as part of a small documentary film crew to film the Pepsi Americas Sail. I Spy is my first painting in a few years. I did not have a studio when I first moved here, so I just painted houses, real houses, now that I own a house and have  a studio, I can start painting pictures.
It fell to me to do the first pirate invasion painting from just luck.....the decision was made to start something like the seafood festival, where art was used each year for a poster as an addition source of revenue for the event and an extra "goodie" for the sponsors, but there was not enough time to decide on submission requirements, prizes, etc and get that info out to the artists for them to create something in time for distribution.  Being an artist (and a pirate) I thought I could help out getting a painting done in a few months. If we tried to get all the info developed, then dispersed etc, the artist would have only had weeks (maybe) to complete a piece.

That is why the painting is done in an old fashion sepia tone.....Color takes alot longer.  The painting was also created by removing color using an electric eraser, almost as if the painting were sculpted from the paint.
When the posters were given out to the sponsors, we noticed that they were not in the windows, george of island trader and island outfitters said it was too nice to put out and possibly get damaged. Many sponsors thought the same, so we had to distribute unbsigned, damaged ones for the windows!

Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh PA / learned the photorealism style from Dru Blair (Dru Blair School Of Art) which was in Raleigh, but now located in SC / studied also with artist  Paul Mccormick from NY.
I don't usually show, I have a gallery in virginia that represents me, and sometimes I will put a piece in someone else's group show but not often. And often I work on commission, so a lot of my work is "ordered."
This show highlights the pirate invasion piece I Spy.  Although I enjoy working in oils there wont be any, the show will have several acrylics and charcoal drawings.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Beaufort Art Center presents "To Sea Oar Knot To See", paintings by Donna Lee Nyzio, July 27th-August 12th. Opening reception Friday July 27th, 5-9 pm.
204 Turner St, Beaufort NC

Thursday, April 26, 2012


A One-Man-Show by Rick Doble Opening: Saturday, April 28, 4-8pm The Beaufort Art Center (the old Masonic Lodge building) 204 Turner St. Beaufort, NC 28516 Exhibit on display from April 28 - June 3 6 weekends, Friday - Sunday, 4-8pm or by appointment Rick Doble will be hosting the exhibit the entire time the gallery is open Lea Louden Director: Phone: 252.622.8416 Email: FACEBOOK EVENT Opening reception: 4-8PM Saturday, April 28th 2012 Drew Wright, at 7pm on guitar... Reception Sponsors: Refreshments provided by: Backstreet Pub, 124 Middle Lane Beaufort NC Backstreet-Pub on Facebook Coastal Community Market, 606 Broad Street, Beaufort NC

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


The Carteret Community Theatre presents the Manhattan Project's version of Alice in Wonderland. Performed in the intimate setting of the Beaufort Arts Center you'll feel like you too have fallen down the rabbit hole right alongside Alice in Andre Gregory's adaptation of the classic stories "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass." Far from the Disney version, this fast-paced, madcap show is pure creative imagination. It reflects a beauty only otherwise achieved in the dreams of a sleeping child. It goes far beyond the boundaries and rules set for theatre, captures the magic of the mind's eye and puts it on stage.

It's hard to imagine anyone not knowing the story of Alice and her amazing adventures, but you probably won't remember them quite like this! The usually unusual characters make their appearances, but this time we get a view of Alice's adventures from a point of view. Full of truth, fun, and terror: Singing mushrooms? What's behind all those doors? What exactly has that caterpillar been smoking?

Director Lindsay Thornton says "We're all a little mad down here...come join us! Bring your imagination, fasten on your hair, grab your croquet mallet, put the best butter in your watch and let our seven-person ensemble take you on a wild and wacky romp through Wonderland."

Alice in Wonderland, April 13, 14, 20 & 21 at 8pm and April 15 & 22 at 2pm at The Beaufort Arts Center 204 Turner St., Beaufort, NC. Roll the dice for your ticket price ($8 to $12). This show is rated PG-13 and not for children. Tickets will be sold at the door. For ticket reservations or more information please call 252-726-8971 or visit

Sunday, October 30, 2011

"Sero sed serio"

Frank Kerr

Watercolors & drawings

November 5 – December 3

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 5, 4-7 pm

Beaufort Art Center is proud to present the watercolors and drawings of artist and architect Frank Kerr, now in his tenth decade at 97 and living in Beaufort. The exhibited works span the early 1930s to the present. This is the artist’s first solo show.

Frank Kerr was born in Montreal in 1914. He spent his education years in Washington, DC, where in 1938 he earned degrees in Architecture and Fine Arts from George Washington University. His work years as an architect were in Minnesota.

He attended drawing classes on scholarship at the National School of Fine and Applied Arts in Washington, DC, while in high school. At the age of 18, Kerr created pen and ink cartoons of the history of baseball, which he researched at the Library of Congress. The drawings are on the level of portraiture. The Beaufort Art Center presents several of these cartoon strips.
A later drawing, “Early Christian Basilica” (Italy’s Orvieto cathedral) won First Prize and Second Medal in a contest for New York’s Beaux Arts Institute of Design for Archaeological Research in 1936-37. It is a work of art that conveys the soaring height and luminescence of this splendid cathedral.

Expressionistic impressionist Frank Kerr is also exhibiting over 50 plein-air and studio watercolors of natural and built landscapes of North America and Europe. Doing a watercolor requires the courage of certainty and simplification. A brushstroke is essentially a touch, a dance of paint. His mixing and application of paint ranges from the lightest possible wash to heavily pigmented darks. Each place he has visited over his long life has become a painting.

What is art? You have form, water, air, fire and all of that. Expressions of art are expressions of what those forms can do. But the basics of art came first. “ -- Frank Kerr, 2011

Frank and his wife Mary now live in Beaufort in a house surrounded by flowering foliage on the outside and walls of vibrant art on the inside. Their daughter and son-in-law Kathleen and Mark Schurdevin live with them.


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Watercolor Class at BAC


Instructor Jane Horner

Thursdays, 5:30 - 8pm

September 15-November 17

$20 per class

The medium of watercolor offers qualities that no other kind of paint can give: immediacy and portability. As with all paints, it adapts to simplicity or to the complex. There are endless discoveries of transparency/luminosity and layering, both flow and edge control, bold splash or intricate detail.

I. Practices of mixing paint, loading a brush, and control of flow of paint on paper

II. Basics of color theory and layering. Translucence.

III. Composition and drawing. Form. Light and dark. Texture.

For more info/supplies and to enroll contact Jane Ellen Horner, Instructor for the Beaufort Art Center