Watercolor Artist Freeman Beard to Hold Workshop July 12 - 14

At Rest, watercolor by Freeman Beard, who will conduct a three-day workshop at Sunset River Marketplace this summer.

Acclaimed Durham, N.C. artist Freeman Beard will conduct a watercolor workshop for all levels of proficiency at Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, N.C., owner Ginny Lassiter has announced.

The watercolor workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 12, 13 and 14. The cost for the three-day class is $300 and due to limited space, Lassiter encourages artists to sign up quickly.

“Freeman is an excellent artist and instructor,” she says. “He is skilled in painting a broad range of subjects and his work is collected all over the country.”

Freeman Beard is a signature member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina, an associate of the National Watercolor Society and a member of Durham Art Guild. He grew up in the foothills of the N.C. mountains and studied at Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fla.

“I would classify my style as realistic impressionism,” says Beard. “I paint using the traditional technique of transparent watercolors and allow the paper to be my whitest white.”

He continues, “For me, painting is an attempt to capture the color, mood and truth of a subject – whether that subject is the mist hanging on the side of a mountain, the color of a flower or water rushing over a boulder in a mountain stream.”

The class will include working from photography, discussing how to select the important elements of a photo. Beard will also cover how to simplify values, how to do small rough sketches and how to apply paint.

“I’m excited to offer this class to local artists,” says Lassiter. “I think Freeman has a lot to offer to artists of all different skill levels.”

To register for the workshop or for more information, call the gallery at 910-575-5999 or visit the website: www.sunsestrivermarketplace.com and click on the Workshops tab. Freeman Beard Workshop Info

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Dr. SW, Calabash, N.C. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.