Plein air artist’s work on display at Hitchcock in February

  • Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 7:22 a.m.
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“Lake Garda Swans” is one of Marcia Bergtholdt’s works. Lake Garda is located in Italy, a place Bergtholdt traveled to when she attended Marin Art School in California.
Submitted photo “Lake Garda Swans” is one of Marcia Bergtholdt’s works. Lake Garda is located in Italy, a place Bergtholdt traveled to when she attended Marin Art School in California.

Aiken Artist Guild and Aiken Center for the Arts member Marcia Bergtholdt’s pieces will fill the Hitchcock Health Center gallery throughout February.

Bergtholdt use to work in the insurance industry and did so for 24 years. But a car accident led her from that profession to painting.

It was a friend of hers who introduced Bergtholdt to painting. Due to her injuries, she wasn’t able to do as much as before.

So, she gave the art form a shot.

“Painting’s been a good therapy,” she said.

While she lived in San Francisco, surrounded by “a lot of painters,” Bergtholdt trained mainly as a California plein air colorist. “Plein air” is French for “open air.”

Using this form means Bergtholdt paints outside. She does not model after photos but rather uses life as her inspiration, according to a release.

Particularly, “she is fascinated by the effect of light and color on simple objects and nature,” according to a release.

Bergtholdt has studied at places such as the Marin Art School in California and with artists such as Timothy Horn and Carol Marine.

Within South Carolina, her work has been shown at the Guild and South Carolina State Fair.

The Hitchcock Health Center is at 690 Medical Drive. It is open on Mondays to Fridays from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m.

For more information, call 648-8344.

Want to Go?

Marcia Bergtholdt art exhibit

Hitchcock Health Center, 690 Medical Drive

All through February

Free

Call 648-8344

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