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Margaret (Midge) Peery southern b. 1941
Margaret Peery was born in Jackson, North Carolina in 1941. She was a boarding student at Ashley Hall in Charleston where she studied art with Edith de May Smith. She graduated from Hollins College and earned a MA in mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Inspired by the beauty of the Lowcountry, Peery started painting in 1981. She participated in workshops with many artists including Janet Walsh, Frank Webb, Miles Batt and West Fraser. Using information learned in these classes, she developed her own style involving layering washes. Peery loves color and enjoys painting atmosphere. Her pieces often have “big” skies anchored by small strips of land. Her architectural pieces which were featured in a show in 2014 at the Greenville Museum of Art are highly representational, quite detailed and from unusual viewpoints. Peery puts hundreds of hours into her works being very precise and creating layer by layer of watercolor. She is a signature member of the Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina and Southern Watercolor Societies. She had paintings accepted in the Allied Artists of America 94th Juried Exhibition, the Georgia Watercolor Society 29th National Exhibition, The Southern Watercolor Society 31st Annual Exhibition, and the Louisiana Watercolor Society 38th International Exhibition. Her work can be found in the collections of the Bank of America, Carolina First, Federal Reserve Bank, Roper Hospital, the Gibbes Museum of Art, the Greenville County Museum of art and many private collections.