VA: Newport News


“Spinner” 28 ½ x 36 ½ in., watercolor on paper, 2007, by Mary Whyte, Collection of the Greenville County Museum of Art.

“Spinner” 28 ½ x 36 ½ in., watercolor on paper, 2007, by Mary Whyte, Collection of the Greenville County Museum of Art.

 WHERE: Peninsula Fine Arts Center.

WHEN: Opens Saturday, April 6, 2013. NOTE: An artist’s reception is slated for Friday, April 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, which includes a lecture and private tour. This event is free for current members and only $10 for non-members.

TITLE: Mary Whyte: Working South

BRIEF ABOUT: Born in Ohio in 1953 and graduated from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia with a fine arts degree and a teaching certificate, Mary Whyte ( has crafted painting workshops across the country, is an author of instructional books and articles, and has also illustrated several children’s books.

     Through the medium of watercolor, artist Whyte has taken the unseen and given them a face we cannot easily forget as she writes below in a book prepared to accompany her exhibit:

     “I was drawn to this subject because I think that it’s a story that needs to be told. These are people living out their lives under the radar. But I think we get a truer portrait of these characters when they go about their lives unseen. There are hundreds of people I could have painted. Most often, I looked for a profound quality, a humanness that is easily recognized and can be translated into the simplest of paintings.”     

     The exhibition includes 30 major watercolors, 20 accompanying watercolor studies, and a selection of Whyte’s sketchbooks. It is the final stop for the Working South tour.

MORE DETAILS: Call 757.596.8175 or and

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1 Comment for “VA: Newport News”

  1. Malcolm Carolina

    I have had the honor to “experience” Mary’s artwork and each painting I stood before left me not only in a trans-fix state of mind, but also I found Mary’s “road” that led me to the beauty of humanity she captured in her subjects. In short, viewers will feel those ‘whews of speechness’ as I.

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