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Dr. Lou Everett, Professor Emeritus from the College of Nursing, will present the first exhibit in the new series. Entitled, "Humble Beginnings," Lou will expand upon works created in honor of the 50th anniversary of the College of Nursing with watercolor impressions of eastern North Carolina, ECU and the Division of Health Sciences. The exhibit is scheduled to open on January 31 and will run through March 27, 2012.

Dr. Lou Everett, a nurse educator and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist grew up in Bethel, North Carolina. As Professor Emeritus at ECU she continues to serve as Clinical Professor and Coordinator for Special Projects such as Retention and Student Success in the College of Nursing, and teaches a plein air class at Painting Purple and Other Colors, a Working Artists' Studio and Gallery located in Greenville, NC.

In 1994, Lou discovered painting in watercolor as a delightful way to nurture and rejuvenate her mind, body and spirit which continues to fuel her zest for life. "Painting has helped me maintain a much better balance to my life, and a greater joy and appreciation for all the beauty around me. I've gotten out in tobacco fields, studied the blossoms and found this much more fun than when I spent time suckering and topping tobacco growing up on the farm. I've enjoyed visiting old tobacco barns and scenes of my childhood as well as other local scenes."

Lou has shown her love for both family and community, and has served many roles in the arts community including President of the Watercolor Society of NC (2007-2008), and as the first President of Greenville Brushstrokes. Greenville Brushstrokes meets twice each month at the Greenville Museum of Art to critique each other's art, share information, participate in shows together, and support art in the region. She also serves on the board for the Friends of the ECU School of Art & Design and is a member of the Carteret Contemporary Artist Group, the Greenville Museum of Art and the Paint NC group.

Lou participates in various shows and has received numerous awards and recognitions including a Third Place People's Choice Award - in the Downtown Morehead City Public Art Project in February 2010 for her large mural of a sunset.