Artist’s work to be hung in college archive

  • Monday, August 11, 2014

Taylor Griffith/South Strand News Lib Ferdon’s family presents one of her paintings to Limestone College to be hung in the archive. Front, from left: Ricky Ferdon, Richard “Bubber” Ferdon, Nancy Rilling of Limestone College. Back: Anne Ferdon Moore, Susan Moore of Limestone College, Joyce Ferdon.

Two representatives from Limestone College visited Georgetown July 30, to accept a donation of Georgetown art to be hung in the college’s Winnie Davis Hall of History.

The painting is a watercolor by Mary Elizabeth “Lib” Fielder Ferdon, of Georgetown, who died in May.

Her family presented the painting to Limestone College in her memory.

“This will be a great home for it, in memory of Lib,” said her husband, Richard “Bubber” Ferdon. “She loved Limestone.”

The watercolor was painted 15 or 20 years ago, he said, and depicts six iconic Georgetown buildings, such as the Kaminski House and the clock tower, as well as two shrimping boats.

“I talked with the kids and we thought it would be nice to donate a painting,” Ferdon said. “We picked this one because we thought it had to have something about Georgetown in it.”

Although she was originally from Spartanburg, Lib Ferdon lived in Georgetown since marrying her husband in 1953. According to him, she was a member of many art clubs in the city including the Georgetown Watercolor Society, the Georgetown County Cultural Council and the South Carolina Watercolor Society. Her paintings won many awards over the years, he said.

The painting will become part of the archival collection at Limestone College. Nancy Rilling, an archive custodian at Limestone, said the work will likely hang in the new library once construction is completed.

“Thank you so much,” said archivist Susan Moore to Ferdon. “We just appreciate this painting so much.”

“We appreciate you taking it,” he replied.

Located in upstate South Carolina, Limestone was an all-girls college founded in 1845. Lib Ferdon graduated cum laude in 1952. She was 82 years old when she died.

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