Carol Ann Rose, the artist from Chapin SC left her mark on the art world with everything she did. She was a wonderful abstract artist and equally at home with realism. She was experimental yet traditional. Carol Ann was a very diverse artist. She told me once she had been so many things in this life time that she hoped her art would capture it all. Carol Ann Rose the artist we all knew and loved was a happy go lucky woman. But life was not always easy for her. She was valedictorian of her high school graduating class and a skilled medical professional in nursing and in the eye care industry.
Carol Ann Rose was the owner of A Carolina Gallery on Bush River Rd. opened in 2000 and was closed when she became ill in late 2005. I was one of the lucky artists that Carol Ann had sponsored a show for at the gallery. Carol Ann also offered me the opportunity to teach Marketing for Artists at the gallery numerous times over the years. The classes were well attended and Carol Ann often provided refreshments for the students. She liked to have a good time.
"Please join the Fontenay Gallery as they present a retrospective of Carol Ann Rose: teacher, leader, gallery owner, student, national art exhibitor and award winner. She was a former President of the Crooked Creek Art League, Vice President of the Seven Oaks Art League and actively involved in the arts in South Carolina since the early 1990s. In September 2000, She opened A Carolina Gallery where she taught watercolor, drawing and mixed media classes. Her works have been shown in various public buildings and have won numerous awards both locally and nationally including two best of show awards."
I could always count on Carol Ann to be there for any art project. Carol Ann did so much for our local art community as an avid volunteer and now she is gone. This is an opportunity to get a piece of work by her to cherish for ever. I purchased a Carol Ann Rose painting and I love it. I can't help smiling when I see it. It reminds me of the times we both were volunteers for the Wild Women's Tea Party, her husband Tom used this painting as a back drop for all the WWTP Tea Cups. It was one of the few works she ever did on canvas.
"Don't Worry, Be happy!" Come on out and see and treasure the body of work this gifted woman produced! "Opening Reception: Friday, April 25, 20085-7 p.m. at Fontenay2716 Devine Street, Columbia"