The Little Red House hosts in its dining room a small exhibition of the work of local artist Carol W. Petit.
At the age of fourteen, Carol W. Petit was accepted into professional art classes for adults and began her life long journey as an artist.
She has experimented with many mediums including charcoal, pencil, pastel, watercolor, sculpture, acrylic, collage and photography, currently combining digital photography, watercolor painting and drawing. She continues an impressionistic style and has been experimenting with a more stylized and abstract expression.
As a teacher at the Hale Center in Dunedin, Florida, she encourages her students to be open to new approaches to their work and give themselves permission to experiment with the medium of watercolor as it invites spontaneity.
A Kent State University graduate, C. W. Petit earned a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1970, with a major in Art Education and Painting, and a Master in Education in 1972 at the same University. She was granted special permission by the College of Education to design her own experimental, graduate program, collaborating with the directors of Art Education and Rehabilitation Counseling, expanding into Art Therapy. A graduate internship was served at the Parson's School for mentally retarted children in Parson, Kansas.
C. W. Petit spent a sabbatical on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, working for the late, local Nantucket artist William Welch. She also engaged in important work for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals as Project Coordinator. She continues to do private commissions of pets and children with their pets. She is now involved in supporting the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, painting sea turtles as murals and contributing the proceeds to their sea turtles programs. Her love of children continues to be expressed through her donations to the Kasambala Medical Center in Malawi, Africa.
C. W. Petit still accepts private commissions and is exhibited in private collections throughout the United States. Prints of her work can be custom ordered.