LAKE WYLIE -- Beth Grove's pastels will be on display at River Hills Country Club through June 2. While her interest in art started early in life, time constraints of college, parenting and working left her with little time to pursue her interest.
Beth grew up in the small southeastern North Carolina town of Tabor City. After graduating from UNC-Greensboro, she became a teacher, teaching mostly kindergarten classes. When her youngest child was in middle school, she began to prepare for her "empty nest" time by enrolling in art classes at a local community college.
After moving to Lake Wylie in 1999, Beth dabbled in art and explored several mediums. After enrolling in a pastel class taught by Ohio artist Charles Basham at the Jerald Melberg Gallery in Charlotte, she fell in love with pastel. She also took a workshop from Susan Ogilvie, a West Coast pastelist, whose work she greatly admired.
"What I enjoy most is the process of moving from the idea stage to the finished product by determining size, media, approach, etc., and bringing it about," she said, adding she also enjoys the stimulation of working with others in a workshop setting.
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Beth is currently concentrating on landscape but is interested in pursuing abstract paintings, as well.
When not painting, she works part time at Talbot's in Rock Hill and occasionally with David Wysor, a jewelry designer in Lake Wylie.