Most of the works on exhibit at Quarryville Library's C.X. Carlson Gallery are watercolors.
That's artist Novelda "Bo" Ferguson's preferred medium, but it's not the only one she's used in a career that began while she was growing up in Quarryville. Some, including wood block prints, print cards, decorated trays, and a milk can, are also part of the show that includes about 100 items.
But watercolor remains her vehicle of choice.
"I do a few oils, but not many," she said. "Watercolor is what I enjoy most."
She has completed a few abstracts, including ones that include her initials, her nickname, and her first name. But mostly she works from scenes and still lifes familiar to most Southern End residents.
"Sometimes I just see something," she said of her choice of subjects. "I don't work from imagination. I work from life."
Ferguson does paint on location. More often, she photographs the scene and then returns to her studio.
"We have a separate apartment in our home. It was built for my mother, and, after she died, I took it over as a studio," she said.
In addition to her framed originals, Ferguson also makes Christmas cards to send to family and friends. For years, she cut linoleum blocks and made black and white prints from them. More recently, she has created the cards in watercolor, overprinted them with white letters, and then had them printed locally.
"I do about 60 a year. What I like most about Christmas is making my own cards and sending them out. They're a card and a gift," she said.
Ferguson doesn't remember when she began to be interested in art.
"I've been drawing all my life," she said.
She remembers going on vacation with her mother, accompanied by a set of crayons.
She continues to draw, contributing an annual pen and ink drawing to the Southern Lancaster County Historical Society's annual calendar.
After graduating from high school, she attended and graduated from the Museum College of Art in Philadelphia.
She came back to Quarryville, married, had children, and began teaching art part-time in the Penn Manor School District, a career that lasted 30 years.
"When I was growing up, I always wanted to leave. After college, I came right back and married a man from here," the Eden Township resident said. "I love it here and I found I couldn't stay away."
The exhibit of her work is open during normal library hours through April 23. Admission is free.