Featured Artist: The Conover Family Exhibit

December 1, 2021 - 12:00 am

Brunswick-Glynn County Library

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Margaret Louise (Carter) Conover, 1914-2013, studied art for two years at Galway College for Women, now Huntingdon College, Montgomery, AL. After leaving college she returned home to Northwest Florida where she worked for the newly created Social Security Administration until her marriage in 1944, when she became a full-time homemaker. She never gave up her art, though. She painted as a hobby and continued to study under various teachers. Her paintings were shown extensively in the Pensacola area. While she occasionally worked in watercolors and pastels, her favorite medium was oil on canvas. Margaret passed her love of creating art to Susan and Margaret Rose, two of her four children. She encouraged their efforts, provided art supplies, and when asked would show them basic techniques like how to mix colors to get just the shade they wanted. She also encouraged them to observe carefully and then draw or paint what they actually saw instead of a mental stereotype of an object. Margaret Rose (Conover) Donigan attended Mercer College in Macon, Georgia, then transferred to Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and Illustration. Shortly after college she married and became a full-time homemaker. She used her creativity designing art and craft projects for fund raisers, Boy Scout projects, and her children’s schools. In the early 1990’s, Margaret Rose returned to Northwest Florida and worked for 20+ years as a graphic designer and prepress operator for a Pensacola printing firm until retiring in 2021. Susan (Conover) Sponaas began college as an art major but switched to Library Science, receiving her MLS from Florida State University. During her career as a librarian, especially after becoming Youth Services Supervisor for the Greenville County Library System in South Carolina, she used her artistic ability to create imaginative displays and develop art-related programs for young library users. After leaving the library in 2004, she returned to art. Like her mother, she prefers oils but has worked in watercolor, pastels, acrylics and color pencil. In 2021, Susan moved from Greenville, South Carolina to St. Simons Island, Georgia.

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