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Single and Boxed Note Cards
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Catalog of Paintings Over the Years...

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Looking Back and a Special Tribute

Finding my "niche" began on this Orange Street porch. 
    
      Having dreamed of living on the coast and developing my painting skills, in 1998 I found a rental on Sunshine Court. As I acclimated and sought to find my way, I recall neighbor Jane Harvey saying, "Don't worry, you'll find your niche."
     Three years later, I fortuitously found a small cottage
in the historic district, and was soon inspired to paint neighboring homes. Yearning to know more, I searched family records and house histories; this helped me better capture the character and spirit of each dwelling.  

     While exploring other materials and sources, I found much I had not seen in the then few local publications. With no internet archive of the town, in 2006 I began the first two of many sites to follow - Beaufort North Carolina's Best and Beaufort North Carolina History, to share and help promote the town and its unique history.
     Diagnosed with MS in 2008,
in 2010 I moved to Radio Island where I share photos of my view, while continuing my research and writing about Beaufort. 
     I truly believe I was sent to Beaufort for a reason and am very grateful for the special "thank you" below. 
- Mary Warshaw 

A Special Tribute
 by Beaufort resident Liz Burke   
Beaufort-by-the-Sea magazine - October 2016
  
       I first became aware of Mary Warshaw several years ago. I had just retired to Beaufort and my uncle, Borden Mace, immediately came to visit me. The house I had rented on Ann Street sat directly across from the Mace house where "Uncle Bookie" and my mother had grown up. At age 93, Uncle Bookie knew he did not have much longer to live and he wanted to "breathe in" his beloved Beaufort one last time. But instead of dying that year, my uncle became completely energized by Beaufort as he began retracing his roots. This is where Mary Warshaw entered into our lives.
       Uncle Bookie and I discovered that Mary had painstakingly researched so much of the history of Beaufort. She had woven together a staggering compilation of history that covered three centuries! Through her study of deeds and family records, along with numerous other sources, Mary had also uncovered more accurate data on all our historic homes. Uncle Bookie was elated to discover stories about his ancestors that Mary had brought to life! 


         Mary's blogs and Facebook pages provide thousands of visitors and residents alike with valuable information about our unique and charming historic town. Beaufort and the state of North Carolina owe Mary Warshaw a debt of gratitude for her numerous contributions. Her copious amount of research has more accurately updated some existing history and solved many of the town's mysteries.


         In addition to Mary's dedication as a researcher and historian, her paintings of Beaufort have become legendary. In fact, she moved to Beaufort from Winston-Salem, NC, in 1998 to focus on her art, which soon went hand-in-hand with her research. Moving into the heart of the historic district in 2001, Mary became engulfed by inspiration and began painting the historic porches. Wanting to know more, in order to capture the spirit and intimacy of the porches, she began her Beaufort research. In 2009, the paintings were compiled into Mary's first book, Porchscapes, the Colors of Beaufort which features 50 paintings of Beaufort porches along with the histories of the homes. Mary's latest book, Historic Beaufort North Carolina, focuses on the town's 285 historic homes. Interestingly, Borden Mace, who was a former movie producer and publisher, became involved as a consultant and wrote the insightful introduction—"Fond Memories of Life in Beaufort." Unfortunately, he passed away before seeing a sample book.


         I had a chance to interview Mary, in order to give our residents a glimpse into her life and curious mind. But first I want to say "Thank you Mary Warshaw" on behalf of all of us in Beaufort. "Your paintings and research provide all of us with a wonderful look into our past and present." READ MORE...