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April 5th, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, showing through May, 2014

The Beaufort Historical Association, in partnership with Beaufort Wine and Food, is pleased to welcome artist Jack Saylor and his newest collection of work, A Thirst for the Sea.  The opening will take place Saturday, April 5th from 5-7 p.m. at the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery, located on the Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner Street.

Saylor is Beaufort Wine and Food’s 2014 featured artist and his show will include the title painting, A Thirst for the Sea (right), which Saylor is graciously donating to Beaufort Wine and Food for auction. The painting is featured on this year’s Beaufort Wine and Food fine art posters and used in marketing and promotional materials.

Guests at the art opening can also enjoy a delectable selection of food compliments of Beaufort Grocery Company and special wines chosen as a preview for the upcoming 2014 Beaufort Wine and Food event, April 23 – 27.

The bodies of work that make up the show, A Thirst for the Sea are more than just a group of paintings with a common theme; they reflect Saylor’s lifelong passion for the coast, which provides a constant feed of inspiration to the artist.

According to Saylor the upcoming show “is an exploration of the coast from our colonial past to the present.”

Jack spent much of his 20s in Europe, mainly along the coast of Spain and in Florence, Italy where he began his pursuits as an artist while also working as a product designer for Sarreid, Ltd., a U.S. based home furnishings importer. This experience allowed Jack to work side by side with artists and artisans in their centuries old studios and workshops throughout Spain and Italy.

Living in Florence afforded Jack the opportunity to study intensely the art of Western Europe, particularly the Italian Renaissance which remains a source he draws upon today.

In the early ‘90s Jack began to yearn for his own cultural heritage back in the U.S. and in 1995 he and his wife Ann, the great-great granddaughter of a sea captain, moved back to North Carolina, first in Otway then Beaufort in 2002 before settling in Morehead City.

“Jack Saylor’s artwork has been widely acclaimed by collectors all over the country.  To host such an incredible artist is truly an honor for the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery,” says Patricia Suggs, Executive Director at the Beaufort Historic Site.  “We are so pleased he wanted to do this for the Beaufort Historical Association as a way of giving back to the community that he loves because of the preservation of our rich history.  Hosting this event with Beaufort Wine and Food and having Jack as their featured artist is an added bonus.”  

Tickets to this event are $20 and can be purchased by calling Beaufort Wine and Food at 252-515-0708 or online at www.beaufortwineandfood.com. Funds raised from the event go directly to non-profits that excel in drawing tourism to Carteret County.


Beaufort Historic Site
100 Block Turner Street | Beaufort, NC 28516
252.728.5225 | 800.575.7483