FLORENCE - "Water Media Abstractions & Non-Objective Paintings," an exhibit by Rose Metz, will run Oct. 5-Nov. 5 in the Smith University Center Gallery as part of the 1999-2000 Francis Marion University Art Gallery Series.
The Gallery is open 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday - Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
"My pictures are all moments of my life ... instantaneous visual experiences, often noted spontaneously. When I begin to paint, it's like leaping into the unknown and never knowing how I'll get back," Metz has said. A resident of South Carolina since 1975, Rose Marie Metz has taught watercolor painting and drawing at the Sumter Gallery of Art for many years. Additionally, she has taught a class in Summerton and given workshop instruction in Columbia, Florence and Lancaster.
She has studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Fort Worth Museum of Western Art, the University of South Carolina and at the Leroy Springs Art Workshops in Myrtle Beach. She has studied abroad at Peterboro, England, and at the Fortman Studios in Florence, Italy. Additionally, Metz has taken numerous painting seminars with noted artists.
Known for her versatility in her choice of subject matter, Metz paints abstracts, landscapes, florals, still life, figure study, and collages. She has received many awards and her paintings are in collections in the United States, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy.
In 1991 Metz was awarded first place in the South Carolina Watercolor Society Competition. She also received “Best in Show” at the Sumter Fall Fiesta in 1990 and 1991, and “Honorable Mention” at the 1991 Beaufort Water Festival Show.
Metz has been accepted by the South Carolina Cultural Commission to participate in the Artist-in-Residence Program and is a member of the South Carolina Watercolor Society and the Sumter Artists Guild. For more information, a brief biography is viewable on the world-wide web at http://www.fmarion.edu/famc/artscal.htm.