Getting to know local artists: Marie King

Published 3:39 pm Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Every six weeks, Tryon Painters and Sculptors (TPS) presents a new show at its gallery at 78 North Trade Street in downtown Tryon. 

Featured are member and guest artists from around the world, many of whom call this region home. Others came for a visit and were so inspired by the majesty of the foothills, this area became a ‘home away from home’ and a place to let the artistic juices flow.

Marie King

One of the artists currently featured at TPS is Marie King, a transplant from France who says one of her favorite things to do is “get lost on area roads with no name and then paint from the photos I take.” Her oil and pastel works are colorful and heartfelt, often featuring sights and scenes from the area.

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Here are ten things you might find interesting about this talented local lady.

1. From the small village of Confolens, France which is internationally known for folk dancing.

2. Her father was the leader of three folk dancing groups. He taught his daughter the trade which she practiced and performed for 10 years, including a Spanish dance for her husband Steve at their wedding ceremony per his request.

3. Began painting and drawing in 2005 when she found herself with “too much time on my hands” after both kids finished college.

4. Took a five-day oil class in Saluda as a start and never looked back.

5. Likes to paint flowers and landscapes.

6. Also likes to paint old homesteads because in her words, “They are disappearing and are the keystones of our county. I want to keep the memories alive.”

7. Has tirelessly donated works to worthwhile causes in the foothills area including the Chamber of Commerce, St. Lukes Hospital, McFarland Funeral Home and various downtown development projects.

8. Isn’t just an artist. She is world class French chef and baker (friends who dine with Marie and Steve will attest) and volunteers at many area organizations including the Foothills Humane Society.

9. Is one of 160 members of Tryon Painters and Sculptors, a vibrant arts organization which has been active in the area for 48 years.

10. Has nine works on display in the current show at TPS which will be up until May 13.

– article submitted by Jennifer Mills Grabosky