The City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce that a solo exhibition of abstract works by Penny Beesley of Beaufort, SC, will be on display at the North Charleston City Gallery from November 2-30, 2017. Beesley will host a free public reception at the gallery on Thursday, November 2, from 5:00-7:00pm.
In Earnest Endeavor, Penny Beesley presents a collection of mixed media works influenced by abstract expressionism. Beesley uses a spontaneous approach that involves scraps of paper inspired by her environment, acrylic paint, and mark making. “I like to work in a series of three to five structures—either canvas, panel, or paper. I begin by energizing the surface without thought, only motion, and as shapes and designs come together, I pause, listen to music, walk away for a while, then return,” she explains. Beesley revisits and interacts with her pieces several times, incorporating different processes in order to bring cohesion and closure to the composition. Using her intuition, she works to balance color, juxtaposition of shapes, and negative space.
Beesley was raised in a family that valued art. Throughout her childhood, she often spent her free time at her father’s elbow in his studio. She earned a BFA from Eastern Michigan University in Ceramics and Painting and her work has been widely displayed in the Southeast. Both the La Petite Gallery in Bluffton, SC, and the Society of Bluffton Artists Gallery display her pieces permanently. Learn more about the artist at www.pennybeesley.com.
The North Charleston City Gallery is situated in two corridors of the northwest corner of the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Parking and admission are free. Gallery hours are Tuesdays 12-5pm, Wednesdays 11am-5pm, Thursdays 11am-7:30pm, and Fridays 11am-5pm. Inquiries regarding the artists or purchase information may be directed to the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at (843)740-5854. For information on additional exhibits, programs, and events, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website.