Gullah Artist Johnnie Simmons To Exhibit & Teach
In celebration of Black History Month, the ARTworks gallery in Beaufort, SC is featuring the work of acclaimed Gullah artist Johnnie Simmons throughout February. Simmons is a self-taught pyrography (wood burning) artist and painter who lives near Yemassee, SC. In addition to being an artist, Simmons is a Vietnam War vet, 2nd generation pastor, and retired school bus driver. All of these various facets of Rev. Simmons’ life are expressed in his work which draws from his Sea Island heritage and traditions, deep faith, and pride in his community. Rev. Simmons will also teach a class, “Creating Folk Art With Pyrography (wood burning) and Paint” at ARTworks on February 21st. The ARTworks Space is located at 2127 Boundary St, Beaufort.