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September/October 2015

From the Editor.....

It's time again for a change in seasons. The leaves on the cherry trees are turning yellow and falling. Yesterday, I saw my first bright red leaf on the ground. The purple ironweed and the yellow mountain sunflowers catch my eye. A bittersweet season in my head which reminds me that the long gray winter is not far away.

Another change - this will be my last BRAG newsletter. I'm "officially" retiring as editor. In 2008, when BRAG began, I volunteered for the job with no idea I'd still be writing it 7 years later. It's been a good 7 years, but now it's time for me to pass the keyboard to a new editor.

The Renaissance of the Family Farm was a smashing success. Paintings have been sold - woohoo!! - and it is estimated that over 200 people attended the reception. Thanks to everyone who worked to make this exhibit shine.

Don't forget... paint first!

susan garriques


Artist: Rhea Ormond

Artist: Rhea Ormond



It's time for another 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. Leslie Saeta organizes these challenges 2 times year - in January and in September. Join more than 700 other artists in painting 30 paintings in 30 days. Share your work on Leslie's blog. It's a great experience and a chance to meet other artists. And it is free! You can sign up at


There's still time to sign up for Judy Larkins' painting class at Mayland. It is being held from September 3-October 8 on Thursdays at 3-6pm. All levels welcomed and any medium. If interested, check the Mayland Community college catalog for registration information.


"Boxes Gala and Silent Auction" is a fundraiser for TRAC. And YOU are invited to participate. TRAC is asking all creative minds to think out-of-the-box and create a box for TRAC. Please deliver your box creation to either of the TRAC galleries between September 1-19 from 10:30-5 pm Tuesdays-Saturdays. These donated boxes will be on display in the Spruce Pine TRAC Gallery from September 26 through October 3rd. On that day, there will be a Wine and Cheese Silent Auction from 5 to 7 pm, which will be open to the public. After the Silent Auction, the Gala will begin upstairs in the Art Resource Center. Call Kate at TRAC 828.682.7215 for more info.


Artist: Sandra Gates

Artist: Sandra Gates

Artist: Gaylene Petcu

Artist: Gaylene Petcu


Artist Meredith Adler

Artist: Meredith Adler


Artist Barbara Deschenes

Artist: Barbara Deschenes


Artist deJarnette Wood

Artist: deJarnette Wood


Artist: Nancy Wood

Artist: Nancy Wood


Artist Susan Garriques

Artist Susan Garriques



Twenty-one members of BRAG exhibited their art in "The Renaissance of the Family Farm" exhibit. The walls of The Design Gallery were covered with farms, farmers and farm animals. To make the experience more than just visual, the opening reception included appetizers created with food from local farms. Estimates are that more than 200 people attended the reception! The Design Gallery was packed full the entire two hours. Congratulations are due, also to Kat Turczyn, Anne Sabri, and Gaylene Petcu for the sale of their paintings!! And a big THANK YOU to the art supporters! Photos of the exhibit are available here......

The Bakersville Library exhibit, which opened at the end of May, has also been a success. As of this writing, four paintings have been sold. Congratulations to Sharon Bradshaw, Barbara Deschenes, Pauline Dials and Gaylene Petcu. And, of course, another big THANK YOU to the art supporters.

Since the Bakersville Library exhibit has been up for several months now, Kathleen Deasy and Sharon Bradshaw have suggested that The Renaisssance of the Family Farm paintings be moved to the library. Details will be delivered by email as they become available.

The July monthly meeting featured BRAG member Jack Ferrell who demonstrated his wonderful watercolor skills.

Jack Ferrell


Jack Ferrell


Upcoming meetings - programs to be announced....

September 21 and October 19. 6:30 pm at the Town Center.


Artist H. Allen Benowitz

Photographer: H. Allen Benowitz


Artist Judy Larkins

Artist: Judy Larkins


Artist Sharon Bradshaw

Artist: Sharon Bradshaw



When you are stuck in a spiral, to change the aspects of the spin you only need to change one thing. (Christina Baldwin)

One should paint small, and then very big. Miniatures and murals. Humans do their best with variety. Most people are bored, and even artists are bored. The answer is change. (Peter William Brown)

I am morphing. I tried something new. It is great fun and good for the soul. My painting arm is now laughing again. (Nora Gross)

Change is so essential to creativity: a change of tools, size of canvas, location... all feed the creative soul. (Cathie Harrison)

If you don't like what you're doing, you can always pick up your needle and move to another groove. (Timothy Leary)

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. (Lao Tzu)


Artist Barbara Brice

Artist: Barbara Brice


Internet Tidbits


Do you keep a sketching journal? Check this blog out...


While the weather is still warm in the mountains, there is still time to get out and do some plein air painting. James Gurney can help you get ready.....


Do you need to decrease your art inventory? Here are some ideas.....





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