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Local resident goes from accomplished instructor to Artist of the Month


Marsha stands next to a bird silhouette.


Marsha Frank teaches psychology, sociology, and global studies II at Colleton County High School to Health and Human Services students. Little did she know that she would also have her photographs on display at the Colleton County Museum in honor of being July’s Artist of the Month.

“This is my first museum display, and I am really honored by this. I was floored when Gary asked me to do the display,” Marsha said. Gary Brightwell is the museum’s director.

Marsha got her first camera from her husband, Virgil, for her birthday in 2007. As the couple traveled to various scenic locations within our state, she began taking nature pictures. “My very first picture was a close-up of a butterfly in Berkeley County, and I think it turned out well,” she said.

As the couple paddled the Ashley River, Combahee River, and also traveled to places such as Folly Beach, Saw-branch Trail in Summerville, and Cypress Gardens, Marsha continued taking pictures, building up her portfolio. And her work paid off by a chance to show her work at the museum.


Marsha has taken many nature pictures, which now makes up her portfolio.


Marsha has sold pictures at the Grits Festival in Saint George and the Beaufort Water Festival.

The Franks moved to Cottageville from College Park in the Ladson area after two years of teaching at Stratford High School in Berkeley County. Virgil once was head of the provisionary Department at Forrest Protection, which is now General Dynamics, a company that specializes in the construction of armored, mine-resistant vehicles. He is now a farmer, and the couple sells the vegetables they grow at their farm at the Walterboro Farmers Market, which now accepts debit/credit transactions, on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Marsha got her Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in History, at Augusta State College in Georgia. She also received a minor in anthropology at that location. She then got her Master’s Degree at Charleston Southern University. She and her husband have four daughters and four grandchildren.