Columbia, S.C. -- “Panache”, an exhibition of oil paintings by Columbia artist Jo Dean Bauknight opens September 10 at City Art in the Columbia, SC and continues through October 3. City Art will host a reception with the artist September 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. The reception is open to the public.

According to Gallery Director Wendy Wells, “When art supplies leave our store, we seldom see the results. City Art is proud to display the work of one of our longtime art supply clients.” Jo Dean describes her paintings as an energetic profusion of brush strokes that create a movement and a vibrancy that invite a strong emotional response.

After decades painting she has developed a variety of styles ranging from impressionistic to the very finely detailed.

Jo Dean believes oil is the best medium to express her love of the landscapes, seascapes, flowers and people of SC. In sharp contrast to her meticulously rendered works, her impressionistic paintings, featured in this exhibition are full of bright bold colors that contrast and harmonize at the same time striving to capture the ephemeral effect of light.

Born in Conway, SC Jo Dean was educated at Columbia College and the Atlanta Art Institute. A former art teacher at the Hammond School and mother of three decided to become a full time painter. Aside from occasional trips to see her grandchildren, she paints six to eight hours a day.

She said, “I believe God put us on earth to serve as a conduit to pass on to others whatever comes to us. If one views my paintings and feels the pride, love, and joy; and the spirit and unique charm of a person, place or thing as I do, then I am successful.”