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On the Edge of a Forest,
A Conversation Begins

an exhibition of artworks by Jean McLaughlin and Tom Spleth

The USCB Sea Islands Center Gallery is pleased to present, On the Edge of a Forest, A Conversation Begins, an exhibition of artworks by Jean McLaughlin and Tom Spleth.


The exhibition opens on January 12th from 5:30 - 7:00 with a reception open to the public at 1106 Carteret Street, Beaufort SC 29902 (The same building as the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce.)


The exhibition will be on view through February 27th and includes woodcuts, digital works printed on metal and paper, and analog paintings.


Tom Spleth

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1946, Tom attended the Kansas City Art Institute and then the State University of New York, College of Ceramics at Alfred University for his master’s degree. Upon graduation in 1971, he set up a studio practice which he continues to this day. He returned to teach at Alfred in 1978, left the academic life in 1984, and continued working with students through workshops at such places as Penland School, Haystack, Anderson Ranch, Arrowmont, and various universities. Tom has used residencies throughout his career to advance his work—most notably the Arts/Industry Program at the JM Kohler Arts Center in Kohler, WI, and the Golden Foundation in New Berlin, NY. Exhibitions of note include a one-person show at Art, Light + Design Gallery in Chapel Hill, a collaboration in ceramics with Israeli painter Moshe Gershuni at Penland, and a retrospective at the Gregg Museum at NC State University. 


Jean McLaughlin

Born in Charlotte, NC in 1950, Jean's career spanned 45 years in nonprofit arts management, first with the NC Arts Council and later as director of Penland School of Craft for 20 years. Jean has returned to her own art-making practice upon retirement in 2018. Her focus has been on printmaking (monoprints, woodcuts and lithography) and drawing. She studied art at the CA College of the Arts, UNC Chapel Hill, Penland School of Craft and has a master’s in liberal studies from NC State University. Her work can be found at Mica Gallery in Bakersville, NC.


Jean and Tom live and work in Little Switzerland, NC.


See images of their work here: and here:

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