Southworks 2017 exhibit features work by S.C. artist Rebecca Davenport

Rebecca Davenport’s art career — as she implies in conversation — grew out of her life experiences from a little girl showing a calf at the county fair to the rebellious young woman living with a hard-drinking guitar player.

“I have always been a full-time artist,” she said recently in a telephone interview from her home in coastal Beaufort, S.C.

“I could always draw very well. I knew I wanted to do something creative — I just didn’t know what. Growing up I was actually shy and I found out I could speak through my artwork so it became my visual voice. That’s what I call it.”

Davenport, born in 1943, is the Director’s Choice artist for the 2017 Southworks National Juried Art Exhibition that opens with a reception for the artists at 6 p.m. April 7 at the Oconee Cultural Arts Center. These “visual voices” range from renderings of “composite” people portraits

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