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Sawtooth School for Visual Art in Winston-Salem, NC, Features Works by Eleanor Layfield Davis

May 14, 2012

Editor’s Note: As most of you know we don’t like giving a second chance to exhibit info that comes to us late, but I felt that was unfair to an exhibit of works from the woman the gallery space was named after. That usually means an exchange of funds. So she deserves it. And the exhibit will be over before people start to read our June issue.

Work by Eleanor Layfield Davis

The Sawtooth School for Visual Art in Winston-Salem, NC, will present the exhibit, ELDA – Paintings by Eleanor Layfield Davis, on view from May 18 through June 2, 2012, in the Eleanor and Egbert Davis Gallery.

Eleanor Layfield Davis (1911-1985) was born in Richmond, VA, and reared in Raleigh, NC. She attended Peace and Sweet Briar Colleges and graduated from Meredith College in 1932, where she later served on the Board of Trustees.

It was at age forty-seven, when her four children were in their teens, that Davis began painting, and she did so prolifically for the rest of her life. She studied art at the Arts and Crafts Association of Winston-Salem and at UNC-Greensboro, and spent summers painting and sculpting in Italy.

Davis was a founder and President of Associated Artists and an organizer of Art Gallery Originals, where her paintings were featured in five shows between 1963 and 1980.  She exhibited widely throughout the Southeast with fifteen one-person shows in regional galleries.

An accomplished flower arranger, Davis first developed her skills in painting floral designs and later gained recognition for her portraits, landscapes and seascapes in water colors and oils. Favorite subjects were her children, grandchildren and friends, beach scenes and landscapes, usually in a soft, impressionistic style, celebrating the beauty and expressiveness of everyday events and people. Art scholarships were established in her honor at Wake Forest University and Meredith College.

Eleanor Layfield Davis

The Eleanor & Egbert Davis Gallery is located in the Sawtooth School for Visual Art at 251 N. Spruce Street, Winston-Salem, NC.  Gallery hours are: Monday through Friday 10am-7pn and Saturday 10am-2pm.

Sawtooth School for Visual Art is the premier community visual art school in the Piedmont Triad and provides art education for all ages.

For more information about the Sawtooth School for Visual Art, visit ( or call 336/723-7395.