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Author, artist Whyte to visit library

on Tuesday, 10 December 2019. Posted in Good life, News, Arts & Culture, Local News

Author, artist Whyte to visit library
Mary Whyte’s portrait of Native American and military veteran Kella Withhorn show her wearing handmade Lakota Tribe regalia.

It was a daunting challenge. Travel to each of the 50 states and find a military veteran in each to sketch, photograph and interview for a book.

It took Mary Whyte seven years to meet this challenge and the end result is most impressive. Her new book, “We The People, Portraits of Veterans in America,” was released last month and her portraits were on display during a gallery opening in her hometown of Charleston just a few weeks ago.

In a program sponsored by the Friends of the Florence County Library, Whyte will visit Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library on Dec. 17. The program, which begins at 6 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Whyte’s book not only displays her beautiful watercolor art but she tells the story of each veteran she has chosen to paint. These stories and paintings pull at the heartstrings and gives great meaning to the patriotism and ideals these veterans stand for. Books-A-Million will be on site for book sales.

Her work has received international recognition for her watercolor paintings of contemporary realism and portraiture. In 2016 the Portrait Society of America chose Mary Whyte as the recipient of the Society’s Gold Medal, the highest honor awarded by the Portrait Society. She has been awarded the South Carolina Arts Commission’s prestigious Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award, the highest honor for an artist given by the state of South Carolina.

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The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library is located at 509 S. Dargan St. For information, visit

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