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Turtle Artist

Debra Burritt

About the Artist:

Debra Burritt graduated from the University of South Carolina with an undergraduate degree in graphic design and a master's of art in teaching. She taught kindergarten through sixth grade in Newberry County. She has previous experience with oils, acrylics, pen and ink, and ceramics. In recent years, Debra has been focusing on watercolors and colored pencils.

About the Artwork:

Tribute to Groovy Granny

Tribute to Groovy Granny

This piece is a tribute to the Lake Murray fishing guide Mary Delage, known to most as Groovy Granny. She was an iconic character who was written about in the state newspaper. I had always wanted to hire her as a striper guide, especially since I now live on the lake and have never caught a fish. She unfortunately passed away in 2016. As our artwork is supposed to reflect the Chapin community, I believe that honoring Groovy Granny will help introduce the community to her lovable character and the history of the lake. She was a fisher so I included the fish hook & lures on top. I used hippy style writing to look groovy. Then the head, legs, tail are parts of a fish (eyeball, fish tail, fish head, & fish scales). The reason I put a Lima bean pod on one foot is because, before it was painted, a little girl called my turtle Shelly Bean.

I am happy to be a part of this turtle project because I have not had the opportunity to work on a community project in Chapin. I love this town and want to encourage others to appreciate the history of Chapin and the lake.

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