Teammate’s artwork to be featured in Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition

RSFH teammate Kathryn Parker is among a handful of artists across South Carolina who will be featured in the upcoming Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition.

Parker is the executive assistant to two vice presidents and Roper St. Francis Physician Partners leaders, Dr. Bob Oliverio and Kathy Guatteri. She joined RSFH in 2017.

Her painting, View from Station 16, features a beach scene from Sullivan’s Island, which is one of Parker’s favorite places in the Lowcountry. Parker captures the city’s skyline in the background and waves gently crashing on the shore.

This marks the first time Parker submitted a painting to a juried exhibition. She said she selected four of what she felt were her best pieces.

“I had no idea any would be accepted, so I was just dumbfounded. I screamed. Did a little dance,” Parker said with a chuckle. “To me, it feels like a complete validation that an established, well-known artist chose my painting as having merit and deserved to be in this exhibition from people all over the world to come see.”

Parker always has had an interest in the arts. She earned her bachelor’s degree in studio art but said she never used it professionally because she couldn’t find a good paying job in that field.

“It was more of a hobby until I moved out here,” she said. “Now, it’s my passion.”

Parker moved from Colorado to Charleston to be near her mother.

“After I moved, I found I had more free time, and there’s so much inspiration here to paint,” she said.

The annual juried exhibition features paintings, sculptures, drawings, printmaking and photography, and the pieces will be on display at the City Gallery, 34 Prioleau St., from May 24-June 9 from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

This year’s juror was Arianne King Corner, a graduate of Howard University who has been an artist in residence in South Carolina since 1995.

The Piccolo Spoleto Festival is held in conjunction with Spoleto festival and presents a varied program of visual arts exhibitions; instrumental, choral and theatrical performances; film screenings; and poetry readings. It priorities “accessibility for both arts and performers, presenting professional work of the highest standard, while ensuring half of Piccolo’s events are admission-free and the balance of tickets being offered at affordable prices.

Comments

  1. Kathy McClune says:

    Congratulations Kathryn! This is beautiful. You’re so talented!

  2. Shayna S says:

    Congrats! Beautiful work!

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