Maura Kenny | Where the Rivers Flow

September 24 – December 20, 2020

Professional artist and retired visual-arts professor Maura H. Kenny began her teaching career 40 years ago in a rural Connecticut elementary school. Graduate school brought her south to the University of North Carolina Greensboro, where Kenny received her MFA in painting. She taught a variety of painting and drawing courses at Coastal Carolina University (Conway, SC) for 34 years. Kenny lives and maintains a studio in Pawleys Island, SC; and if she’s not in there painting, you can bet she’s out exploring our area waterways with her river-guide husband, Paul.

Kenny works in watercolor and mixed media. Her paintings consist of multiple layers of color and texture, which she initially organizes – testing out her thoughts, imagery, composition and value systems – by painting thumbnail sketches. In addition to water media, Kenny’s paintings often include combinations of ink, color pencil, stitchery and beading.

Where the Rivers Flow is an exhibition of 35 watermedia paintings depicting the views, flora, fauna, people and architecture found along the great Pee Dee and Waccamaw Rivers, including their bays, creeks, inlets and islands. From sweeping views of the inlet at low tide as pickers gather oysters and dramatic, stormy cloudscapes over rippled, glass-like water to quiet, wildlife impressions of alligators resting in the marsh and majestic architectural renderings of historic buildings that tell stories of our coast’s development and past-times, Kenny presents us with a window into everything living and breathing within reach of our rivers.

the work:

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Bank of America.


Myrtle Beach’s Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum strives to be one of the finest visual arts museums in the Carolinas. With 11 galleries that change throughout the year, Myrtle Beach’s only art museum offers exhibitions featuring paintings, textiles, sculpture, photography, video, ceramics, assemblage, collage and more. A visit to the Art Museum’s exhibitions can be enhanced by its lively programming, including artist receptions, tours, lectures, workshops and classes for both adults and children.