In 2010, American artist, author and teacher Mary Whyte set out on a mission to paint fifty large-scale watercolor portraits of what it means to be an American veteran today. Over seven years in the making, WE THE PEOPLE: Portraits of Veterans in America took her across the United States to meet men and women of all ages and from all walks of life, and paint some of our country’s truest patriots. Whyte’s WE THE PEOPLE, which includes portraits of a Missouri dairy farmer, Rhode Island lobsterman, Pennsylvania science teacher, South Carolina single mother, and 46 other moving works, is poised to become a national treasure honoring and connecting with men and women in uniform for generations to come.
A 136 page book, containing 67 color and 50 black and white illustrations will be available for purchase in the Museum Store. Attendees of the preview party will have the opportunity to purchase a book and have it signed by Mary Whyte. The book is published by University of South Carolina Press.
The Jurenko Foundation
Connie and Rusty Stephenson
Patsy and John Shields
Bill and Cathy Stender
Middie Thompson and Family, given in memory of Tommy Thompson