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Gallery VIII

Joyce Nichols Shelander
 · Mary O. Smith · Lydia C. Thompson


Joyce Nichols Shelander

Joyce Nichols Shelander, having grown up along the coast, paints coastal scenes and memories of childhood. Formal study began at age twelve in Brunswick and continued in college. Art studies were interrupted with the pursuing of degrees in mathematics education, which were utilized in the classroom. Since that time Mrs. Shelander has studied art under Bill Hendrix, Vincent Keesee and Ken Wallin. Participating in workshops of the nationally known artists Wallin, Perry Austin, Dee Beard Dean, Martha Carpenter, and Peggy Everett has aided Mrs. Shelander in exploring the colors of nature. The artist's portraits, land- and seascapes and abstracts hang in various homes and businesses of the United States. For purchase and commission inquiries, please contact the artist.

For purchase and commission inquiries, please contact Joyce.

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Island House
River Marsh


Mary O. Smith

Mary O. Smith received a Bachelor of Design in 1982 from Louisiana State University. For several years she worked as an Interior Designer for an architectural firm in Valdosta, Ga. With her loose, quick style she did architectural renderings for the firm to help convey their plans and ideas. In 1994, she took watercolor lessons and then began studying with plein-air artists Judi Wagner and Tony van Hasselt, discovering her love of plein-air painting. She opened her own gallery/studio space in St. Marys and then in Brunswick, Ga. for a number of years. She now paints in her own studio in Woodbine, Ga. when she is not painting in plein-air. She has taught a number of workshops in watercolor for various organizations and art groups.

Mary O. has been featured in several watercolor magazine articles as the “Ones to Watch”. She is a signature member of Georgia Watercolor Society and also a member of Women Painters of the Southeast. She has won many awards for her watercolors and oil paintings in national juried art shows.  She currently shows her work through the Picture This art gallery in St. Mary’s and at The Anderson Gallery on St. Simons Island, Ga. or through her own gallery. She is an exhibiting member of Glynn Art Association in St. Simons and McIntosh Art Association in Darien.  


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6858 Old Jefferson Hwy. Woodbine, Ga.  31569

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Lydia C. Thompson

Artist/Printmaker/ Birding Ambassador for the Georgia coast

Whether Lydia is talking about birds, banding, or drawing birds, her major focus is to intertwine her bird studies and her art. Lydia earned her Bachelors from Mississippi State University. After College she started working in advertising in Atlanta. While working, she wanted to continue her etching, so she found an etching studio that rented press time. Realizing that advertising was not for her, she took a year to travel to learn about birds and about drawing. After several years of traveling and drawing, she settled in the Golden Isles of Coastal Georgia. She met and began working with two artist printmakers, Joe Durrett and Judith Hall. For twelve years she learned as she worked as a printmaker for a unique group of artists. She has earned her title of "Master Printer". Lydia says, "There is no better way of learning about printmaking than to work with another artist/printmaker."

Now she is pursuing her studies of birds and the art of the intaglio print. She is a popular columnist for the “Jekyll Golden Islander”. Preservation and Conservation of bird habitats are her major concern. She is currently the Executive Director for the Georgia’s Colonial Coast Birding & Nature Festival. She has also had several successful art shows. She is taking her love of birds and her talent of printmaking and combining them into a way of life.

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