A Queen. A Bond girl. An artist. Now at Hilton Head’s Karis Gallery.

Jane Seymour has the name of a queen, the career of a top actress and the heart of an artist.  You can meet her and see her work at Karis Gallery, in The Village at Wexford, on Hilton Head Island this month. Miss Seymour took up the brush in the middle of her life, having performed as a ballerina, a Bond girl, Marie Antoinette and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, among many other roles.  Her gift as an actor drew to her an Emmy, two Golden Globes, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the distinguished title of OBE, an officer of the Order of the British Empire.  That might have been enough for some folks. Jane Seymour, on the other hand, still felt like sharing.  She began writing, with four inspirational books and a number of children’s books published thus far.  She began designing fashions and jewelry.  She began painting and drawing. More than 120 of those art works are presented here on Hilton Head Island at Karis Gallery, in an exhibit that opens October 23. The mastery and variety of Jane Seymour’s work is breathtaking.  You’ll see realistic landscapes, impressionist sketches, human moments and still-lifes.  There are charcoals, pen-and-inks, watercolors and oils. Gallery owner Maggie Karis says that, on meeting Miss Seymour, one begins to realize the thread that ties this restless variety together is Jane Seymour’s own sweetness and serenity.  A central idea in her writing seems to be that an open heart leads to love and purpose.  In fact the shape of an open heart appears as a kind of hallmark in some of Miss Seymour’s designs. Karris Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.  A preview of the Jane Seymour exhibit takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 23, sponsored by radio station 104.9 The SurfA champagne reception with the artist will take place 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, October 25, sponsored by Hilton Head Monthly.  Buyers that evening will attend a dinner with the artist at Ela’s Blu Water Grille, and 10% of the proceeds will be devoted to the American Cancer Society.  Buyers will also receive a personal dedication of their purchase from Miss Seymour and a photo with her. The Jane Seymour exhibit will open to the public October 26. As a Hilton Head Island insider, just call Karis Gallery for an invitation to the October 25 Champagne reception at 843-785-5100.