Winifred Godfrey [MFA ’71] became interested in art shortly after moving to Morgan Park and enrolling in nearby Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School.

During these formative years, Godfrey, 73, delved into drawing and painting as she struggled to fit in socially after moving into the neighborhood from Englewood.

Godfrey went on to become a renowned artist. Her signature oil paintings feature large, close-up images of flowers. She’s also known for painting portraits, including a powerful series highlighting the indigenous people of Guatemala.

Her flower paintings will take over the walls of the Beverly Arts Center beginning Jan. 14. The opening reception for “Home Grown in Beverly: Winifred Godfrey Flowers Fifty Years Later” will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the community arts center at 2407 W. 111th St. in Morgan Park. The show runs through Feb. 25.

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