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A portrait of the artist
Guyton painter to have showing in Richmond Hill
07.19 Louise Streed
Guyton resident and artist Louise Streed, with her self-portrait over her shoulder, got started as an engineering aide during World War II. Her work will be on display at the Leahy Art Gallery in Richmond Hill on July 27 from 5:30-9 p.m - photo by Photo by Sandi Van Orden

A Guyton resident’s art will be displayed at a showing in Richmond Hill.

Louise Streed said she has always drawn and painted. Her primary medium is watercolor paintings although she has used oil and acrylic to paint as well.

“When I was a little girl, I liked to draw, and I kept on doing it just for fun,” she said.

She said her mother encouraged her to go into art, which she studied at Hollins College, outside of Roanoke, Va.

“It was during World War II and they were looking for women to work in the industries as engineering aides,” Streed said. “I went up to Penn State and studied engineering.”

After she married Bob Yancey, her first husband, she went to the University of Florida to study engineering.

“I did artwork on the side,” Streed said. “I always had a sketch pad with me. I kept up with my art, even though I was studying engineering. One reason I liked engineering was because I liked how everything fit together.

“I just studied art all along, and did people’s portraits and things like that.”

She later attended Clemson pursuing engineering before earning a degree in art from the University of South Carolina in 1977. She also did architectural paintings.

She explained a painting hanging in her living room. The painting was done for an architect on Hilton Head before the structure was built.

Streed was raised in Roanoke. She moved to Guyton 12 years ago with her husband after living in Savannah, where the couple owned a business.

“I met Bill Streed and we decided we liked Savannah, so after we were married we just decided we would like to come to Savannah,” she said. “We decided to get out of Savannah. We found this old house. We couldn’t find a house that we liked in Savannah, and we just liked a small town. I’ve enjoyed Guyton a whole lot. All the people are wonderful, and we’ve been happy here.

“Actually when we were looking at houses we just thought this house was perfect,” Streed said.

She also has published “Savannah: Her History” a book of artwork she has done.

A reception will be held at Leahy Art Gallery in Richmond Hill on July 27 from 5:30-9 p.m.

Jim Leahy said meeting Streed was what made him decide to display her work.

“Her artwork is incredible,” he said. “She’s very talented. Watercolors is the hardest medium to handle, and she just makes it look easy.”