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Kelly Atkinson


15 Kelly Atkinson, Crabs in a Bucket, pastel  18″x24″

“Life is Art”-and capturing the beauty of it through art is just a part of me. The process of painting and the tangible result of time well spent reads somewhat like a memoir of a writer. I can go back through the years and each painting whether it is hanging on my wall or on someone else’s now can be tied to a place and time in my life.

Since graduating from Queens University in Charlotte, NC with a BA in Business and a minor emphasis on Art, my life journey has taken me through the winding road of marriage, motherhood, shop owner, art student and teacher. Currently I spend much time in the business of art being part-owner and co-managing Island Art Gallery. I also love to teach others the process of painting and have led an on-going Open Studio class and beginner workshops at the gallery over the last ten years.

Through the years I have had the opportunity to further my understanding of painting through many workshops with artists whose work I admire as well as by being a part of the community of incredible artists at Island Art Gallery. Growing up in a creative environment with a mother who filled our home with music and having a twin sister, Carol Carstarphen, who shares my passion for art has surely been a blessing.

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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.