Meet the Artists: Kelley Luikey, Monica Ferguson and Peggy Porter
A brief introduction to the two of the 12 artists participating in the Art Sale and Fine Wine + Rare Spirits Auction
Kelley Luikey is a South Carolina based professional landscape and wildlife photographer whose primary focus is our resident and migratory birds. She studied and learned film photography while in college at Appalachian State University in North Carolina and continued learning after graduating in 1994. She transitioned into digital photography in 2014 when she decided to pursue it full time. Kelley won a billboard spot with ArtPop in 2016, was juried into Art Fields with her image "Dressed in Green" in 2018 and has won many other awards for her photography. She has appeared in numerous publications and has been commissioned for advertising and large scale commercial projects including images for hospitals and advertising billboards. Her artistic birds are currently displayed in three galleries within Beaufort County and she resides in Port Royal with her husband and two children. Through her work, she hopes to inspire others to love and appreciate the beauty of the Lowcountry and become stewards of our environment.
Originally from Wisconsin, I have lived on Daufuskie Island for twenty years. The first time I stepped foot on the island, I fell in love with the natural beauty of Daufuskie and the pure ever-changing magic that "just is."
My inspiration for my art comes from nature and my appreciation for the delicacy of our environment and the need to protect it. I find beauty in common objects and much of my work is crafted using cast off items, things that have been recycled, reclaimed or repurposed, making each piece a one of a kind design. There is a story and a history behind each creation. The imperfections in the materials used tell part of that story.
Be sure to view both of these artists' work at the Art Sale and Fine Wine + Rare Spirits Auction benefiting the Haig Point Foundation on Sunday, November 10th!
From a cattle farm in Upstate South Carolina to the flatlands of the Pee Dee in Florence, Peggy Porter has become a student of the arts and a free spirit who enjoys all that life has to offer!
She is mother to Mary Devereux Porter of Charleston and Meg Stanley of Columbia, as well as a doting grandmother to Isabel and Porter. Peggy spent seventeen years as a middle school math teacher. Now retired, she has devoted this phase of life to her art!
Peggy’s artistic influences are quite varied. As a child in 4-H Club, Peggy won the first prize with her very own cow. How could she not have been influenced by the animals she and her family lovingly tended?! With this love and the influence of an aunt who taught art, Peggy has embraced her attraction to the palette.
Peggy traveled over the last 4 decades to workshops and received expert tutelage from artists around the Southeast. She has explored many different styles, such as representational, impressionistic, and abstract art. Presently, she is focused on acrylics, although she has painted with watercolors and oils. Peggy plans to continue painting and enjoying life to its fullest every new day before her.