“Dreamsicle” by Lucy Weigle

“Visual Conversations: Our Voices,” an abstract art exhibition, will be on display through Dec. 13 at USCB Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret St. in Beaufort.

An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 18. It is free and open to the public.

Thirty-one accomplished artists from South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia joined forces for this special exhibition.

“Visual Conversations: Our Voices” will take viewers on a journey through non-objective abstract art .

“Rather than render the external world, these 31 accomplished Southeastern artists engaged with their materials and media to say what words alone can not,” said Ellen Hathaway, a participating artist.

The artists have decades of experience in mixed media art, many have won prestigious awards and exhibited all over the country.

The name of the exhibit — “Visual Conversations: Our Voices” — is inspired by how the artist engages with materials and media “to speak or to mirror a feeling that swells from within,” according to Penny Beesley, the event coordinator.

Long before each work hangs on the wall, its creator has moved about that surface with lines, motion, colors and textures. Each artist has engaged in a visual conversation with materials and media. “Once the work was delivered, much reflection went into presenting these works as a whole, taking into account the visual conversations between paintings,” Beesley said. “Once the doors open, the public will experience these works individually and as a whole.”

The artists are: Andrea Baetti, Temme Barkin-Leads, Penny Beesley, Juanita Bellavance, Elizabeth Bernheisel, Judy Blahut, Lance Carlson, Bonnie Carter, Rose Cofield, Annette Crosby, Terri Dilling, Diane Evans, Wynn Foland, Sheila Grabarsky, Ellen Hathaway, Jane Horner, Susan Irish, Paul Kline, Buddy Lahood, Lillie Hardy Morris, Patti Payne, Betty Perry, Nancy Perry, Garnet Reardon, Jennifer Rocco-Stone, Libby Skamfer, Marci Tressel, Linda Tully, Donna Varner, Peggy Vineyard and Lucy Weigle.