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From Laura Smits' painting 'Look at Me'

Natural beauties are on exhibit at USC Sumter through August 26


USC Sumter has two exhibits inspired by nature on display in its art galleries this summer. Both are free and open to the public.

Laura Smits' Ruby'
Laura Smits' 'Ruby'

Life, an exhibit of oil paintings by Laura Smits, explores flora and fauna at a detail photorealistic level and beyond into abstracted color and texture.

“Flowers speak with their colors and animals speak with their eyes," she said. "If you follow your senses and never stop looking for the things that make life more beautiful, then you have found color in your life.” 

Smits, a Dutch artist living in Sumter, has a background in art restoration. Her exhibit is on display from June 24 to August 19 in the Upstairs Gallery, located on the second floor of the Administration Building on the USC Sumter campus. The artist will host an open house from 4 to 5 p.m. June 24 in the Upstairs Gallery. A reception will follow.

Daufuskie is a selection of photographs by Donny Floyd, an artist in Sumter. The exhibit includes a selection of photos taken from the thousands that will soon be published in a book by Floyd and writer Susan Osteen, which documents the entire history of Daufuskie, South Carolina's southernmost island. The selection of photographs in this exhibit focus on the island's unique landscapes and structures.

Antebellum Whisper
Donny Floyd's 'Antebellum Whisper'

Daufuskie is on display through August 26 in the Umpteeth Gallery, located in the Arts and Letters Building on the USC Sumter campus.

For more information about these exhibits, contact Cara-lin Getty, gallery director, at, or Laurel Jordan, gallery assistant, at

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Posted: 06/21/10 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 06/22/10 @ 2:39 PM | Permalink



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