Virginia Fouché Bolton

Virginia Fouche’ Bolton (1929 – 2004) was born in Hartsville, South Carolina and moved to Charleston when she was 14, attending Memminger High School. After graduating from Winthrop College with a degree in art, she married Don Bolton and they had five children together. In 1961 she began her teaching career at St. John the Baptist Cathedral School, later teaching at Moultrie, Wando, and Bishop England High Schools. She was tremendously loved by her students who continuously won art awards throughout the south Carolina, many of them developing careers on their own as artists and teachers.
But her art reached beyond capturing scenes and people we see each day – things so obviously inspiring and typical of this city that one cannot resist painting them or capturing them on film. Her eye captured these scenes, but filtering through the vision of her compassion and warmth, the works take on a personality larger than the subjects themselves. “Sometimes I am surprised,” she said, “by what emerges, the effects one achieves almost without knowing how they happen.” Her works are filled with magnificent moments where the artist’s intention becomes inspiration.


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