FMU to exhibit paintings by Stephen Welch, Aug. 7-Oct. 29
FLORENCE, S.C. – “Nature Observed,” paintings by Stephen M. Welch, will be on display at Francis Marion University as part of the university’s Art Gallery Series, Aug. 7 through Oct. 29.
The exhibit is open to the public, free of charge, and may be viewed between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday in the Smith University Center gallery.
Welch teaches biology at FMU and in the Wilson High School International Baccalaureate Program in Florence.
“Growing up in rural Clarendon County, my family instilled in me a great appreciation for the world of nature surrounding me,” Welch said. “For as long as I can remember, one of my favorite pastimes was sketching and I would sketch with anything and on anything available. I loved nature and decided at an early age to become a biologist. The selection of my work is due in part to actually observing the subjects in the wild and trying to capture them in their natural settings. I prefer to paint animals that are often overlooked because of their size or often disliked because of the stigmas associated with them. Through my work, I hope to make people aware that these organisms are just as important as other plants and animals commonly recognized and loved.”
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