In conversation, local artist Elsie Lewis Fogle might be assessed as part Designing Women’s Julia Sugarbaker and part Fannie Flag, as she has a biting sense of humor.

She is Southern and “loves all things Southern.” But on canvas, she is pure Elsie. No one and nothing interferes with her expression of her truth in art.

The simple honesty of her works is a stark contrast to the complexity of the scenes she freezes on canvas in various media- watercolor, acrylic, and oil. She has been expressing her truth in art for most of her life.

“I really cant remember a time when I wasn’t painting,” Fogle said. “i paint because it keeps me out of Charter Rivers,” she laughed. “But, really, I find such a peace when im painting. I just lose track of time. Art offers me a way to express myself without being verbal, gives me an opportunity to express myself in color. And I take the philosophy that I apologize for anything I have to explain.”

Although Fogle has painted most of her life, her degree is in interior decoration and design. But she traces her artistic lineage through workshop teachers, many of whom are famous artist- Tony Couch, Zolton Szabo and many others.

“Locally, I studied with Oscar Wetherington,” Fogle said. “I give him credit for coming as far as I have. He was a great artist and a wonderful person.” Even more credit to the artist and her teachers, Fogle’s first show was a sell out. All the pieces displayed were sold. And successive shows have proved lucrative for her as well.

From 6-8 P.M. Thursday, Sept. 14, Fogle will hold a reception at the Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center opening her first one-person show in Orangeburg in 6 years.

The show includes two of her most recent prints, the first prints she has done in two years. One is titled, “ Catfish Road,” and is a representation of her daughter’s house. The other one, “Five Fine Feathered Friends,” which has distinctly tropical flavor, is a rendition of a flock of parakeets Fogle saw in a Nashville hotel lobby.

The exhibit displays Fogler’s interpretations of southern scenes she loves, as well.

 

“ I grew up on a tobacco farm,” she said. “I guess that’s politically incorrect nowadays. But with that in my background, I love farms, barns, farmhouses. And because I love all things southern, I love beaches and Lowcountry settings and the mountains, too – all found right here in South Carolina.”

The exhibit will be available for viewing in the Lusty Gallery at the Fine Arts Center until the end of October.

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