Fripp Island Art
The Watercolors of
Cathy Keup & Ellen Long

October 3 – 31, 2014
USCB Center for the Arts
801 Carteret Street
Beaufort, SC  29902
Gallery Hours:
Monday –  Friday, 9 to 5 pm

Fripp Island Art and Artists will be featured in an exhibition at the USCB Center for the Arts in Beaufort, SC for the month of October.  The show titled “FRIPP ISLAND ART -The Watercolors of Cathy Keup and Ellen Long”  includes approximately 24 paintings featuring the sights and scenes of their Fripp Island home.

Images in the show will include:


“Patterns on the Porch”



“Sunset on the Marsh” 





South Carolina Watermedia Society
36th Annual Awards Exhibition

July 13 – August 24, 2013
Coastal Discovery Museum
70 Honey Horn Dr.
Hilton Head Island, SC  29926

“Sea Gulls on Speed” won a prestigious award in the South Carolina Watermedia Society’s 36th Annual Exhibition. Approximately 60 paintings out of over 200 entries were juried into the show with 30 of those were selected as award winners.  The award was sponsored by Creative Catalyst Productions for a professionally produced DVD Video Workshop. The award winning paintings will travel the state of South Carolina for one year in a special “SCWS Winner’s Exhibition”.  The judge for the show was Linda D. Baker, ASW, NSW.  Linda is a highly respected watercolor artist, judge and instructor who has won awards on a national level.  The Awards Exhibit will continue at the Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island, SC until August 24, 2013.


Sea Gulls on Speed
link to details on the original


The watercolor painting is done in glowing colors of the seagulls that I see “gossiping” on the Fripp Island bridge railing as I enter and leave the island. It was created by multiple masking and pouring of pure watercolor on wet watercolor paper.  The portions of the painting that were protected by masking fluid retained the color of a  previous pouring .  After multiple layers of this treatment, the masking fluid was removed to reveal brilliant patterns of color.  Final enhancements were added with a brush in vivid hues.  The final painting has a feeling of cartoon character gulls, having a real gab fest.  Hopefully viewers will enjoy using their imagination regarding the conversation the gulls might be having.







 ”Views from My Window”

Featured Artist
September 16 – October 27, 2012
Beaufort Art Association Gallery
1001 Bay St., Beaufort SC, 29902

The views from my window are extraordinary inspirations for my paintings. Every day brings new excitement with changing light and conditions. Living by the ocean on Fripp Island, my first view every day is of nodding sea oats, crashing waves, children throwing cast nets in the tidal pools and chasing down crabs with dip nets, Great Blue Herons and Egrets stalking breakfast in the shallows, Shrimpers trawling
near the shore and pelican formations overhead. Beach scenes may include surfers and sailfish, kites and bikes, family gatherings enjoying the sun and surf, and an occasional wedding on the beach.

When not constructing paintings from the views from my ocean front window, my camera becomes my “window frame” for composing endless paintings waiting to happen. The view of a wide expanse of marsh dressed in chartreuse green summer attire with towering clouds overhead will take your breath away. The Autumn marsh offers an entirely different color scheme of Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, and Magenta. Historical sites in Beaufort and its picturesque waterfront are additional places of inspiration. My technical background in interior design helps me “frame” a composition with a camera or view finder and arrange the placement and size of elements. The planning of color transitions in order to take you on a pleasant journey through the painting…pausing at the center of interest… and continuing on to find elements to hold your attention is all part of the plan. I hope that each painting conveys my excitement over “this view from my window” and brings you much of the joy that I feel in its creation.



 ”Featured Artist”

September 18 – October 28, 2006
Beaufort Art Association Gallery
1001 Bay St., Beaufort SC, 29902

The Beaufort Art Association, celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year, operates a unique and spacious gallery in an historic mansion on Bay Street at the corner of Charles. The gallery is in the ante-bellum George Elliott House which is the only historic mansion that is open to the public all year around.

The BAA Gallery exhibits the work of about one hundred local and regional artists at any given time and spotlights one artist during each six-week exhibit. The September-October featured artist is Ellen Long, a virtual dynamo in the Beaufort art world. The establishment of a gallery for local artists was Ellen’s dream, an achievement that in 2004 earned her a Beaufort Chamber Civitas Award. The first BAA gallery was a dreary empty bank on Port Republic Street. Ellen designed moveable display walls, gallery lighting, organized a painting brigade and transformed the abandoned rooms into a proper gallery. She then served two and a half years as gallery chair. A year ago, when the BAA decided to move, it was Ellen who headed the search committee and oversaw the transformation of Elliott house into the new gallery. She started the first BAA satellite gallery at Low Country Medical in Port Royal. Today, there are eight satellite galleries, including the county government buildings, where BAA artists hang their work.

Before moving to Beaufort ten years ago, Ellen was a prominent interior designer in Atlanta. As president of the Georgia chapters of two professional design organizations, she helped draft the legislation that defines the legal qualifications for interior designers in the state of Georgia.. Her interest in architecture, interior and exterior, is evident locally in special projects she has painted for Pinckney Retreat and the Beaufort Inn.

Most of Ellen’s art is focused on her intimate association with the shore, from Maine to the Chesapeake to her beloved Fripp Island, where she lives with her husband, Leon, and where she wakes up every day to the music of beach and ocean. “I try to plan every painting with the view of sharing my excitement about the coast – the wading birds, the shore turtles, the crabs the deer – and the incredible light and the sheer magic of the shore and marsh,” she says. Capture the magic she does, winning prizes in local and regional art shows. Her painting of a sunset-bathed Beaufort River was selected for the poster celebrating last year’s fiftieth annual Water Festival.

In recent years, Ellen’s watercolors have grown larger and bolder. She has intensified her colors and now brings the viewer up close to her subjects in such a way they cannot help but share that excitement she talked about. To bring the viewer even closer, she has developed a way of displaying and protecting watercolor paintings without the need of glass or plexi in the frames. This eliminates the problems that traditionally framed watercolors have with glare and reflections in Beaufort’s bright atmosphere.

Ellen does custom framing through her business, Ellen Long Designs, on Fripp Island. She is frequently asked to do commissions of subjects ranging from homes to specific landscape views, to pets. Her work is displayed at The Art Market at Fordham Market on Bay Street as well as the BAA Gallery and satellites.

Art is not new to Elliott House. Early in the Civil War when news that Yankee warships were headed toward Beaufort, all but two of the white residents took off in what is now referred to as “the great skedaddle.”. Elliott House became a hospital, and some of the young patients left graffiti on the walls where it can be seen today.

During the month of November, the BAA Gallery will host the National Bank of South Carolina’s Annual Oil Painters’ Open Invitational Traveling Exhibition of Award Winners Show. Two BAA members, Sandra Bagette and Gloria Dalvini have work in this exhibit.

The BAA Gallery, 1001 Bay Street, is open from 10am to 5pm Monday through Saturday, and later during special events including the October 28 Art Walk. For additional information, please telephone Ellen Long, (843)838-3205 or the BAA Gallery, (843)379-2222.