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Iverson is Sanford Artist of the Month

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Artist of the Month - Mary Iverson of Paullina is shown with three of her oil paintings. Mary's work is now on display in the East Gallery at the Sanford Museum in Cherokee. The work on Mary's right is one of her personal favorites, and the one on her left was inspired by the scenery at Martin's Access. Photo by Dan Whitney
Mary Iverson of Paullina is the featured Artist of the Month at the Sanford Museum for the month of March, and her oil paintings will be on display in the East Gallery at the Museum throughout the month.

Iverson attended the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida from 1968 - 1971, then returned home to Paullina. Though she occasionally did some portrait work locally, she was kept busy raising her children and had to put her artistic plans on the back burner for several years.

Her father lived in Australia and was always singing praises about the country and its beautiful scenery. She went there to see for herself, and when her father died in 2000, she returned home and "for the first time in years picked up a paintbrush."

Mary has kept on painting oils, as you can see for yourself if you visit the East Gallery this month. Among Mary's inspirations are the natural beauty at the Cherokee County Martin's Access Area, other county parks, and local hunters.

The artistic gene runs in the family, too. Mary, who operates the White House Inn bed and breakfast in Paullina, said both of her daughters are artists, and her son is a ceramic engineer who designs things on the internet.

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