Louise Harold Garrett
May 27, 1916 – October 17, 2012
Louise was always interested in painting and drawing but didn’t seriously pursue art until her third child left for college. In 1969 she enrolled in an art history course at Jefferson Davis Junior College and never looked back. She took additional classes at JDJC, studied with area artists and endeavored to attend several workshops a year taught by nationally known artists. She enjoyed the Eastern Shore Art Center, the Pensacola Art Center and offerings in the Montgomery area. Watercolor was her primary medium and it became a daily part of her life.
She participated in art shows throughout the region including the Birmingham Museum of Art Juried Show, Montgomery Art Guild, Grand Festival of Art in Point Clear, Williams Station Day in Atmore and the Brewton Invitational Art Show. She won several Best of Show awards and in 1985 was given the Moody Award. She was also a Signature Silver Member of the Watercolor Society of Alabama (WSA). Her “Still Life with Cotton” was accepted in the 1980 WSA exhibition and “Games of the 29th Olympiad” was accepted into the national WSA exhibition in 2009.
A prolific painter until almost the end of her life, Louise was best known for her landscapes and flowers. However, her paintings of seascapes, local buildings and area farms provide strong reminders of the beauty that South Alabama and the Gulf Coast areas offer each of us. Her last public exhibition was in June 2012.
Louise’s children have donated her remaining pieces to the Greater Brewton Foundation in her memory. All funds raised will support the work of this community foundation in the community.