Thursday, March 13, 2014

Julia May Presents Artist of the Month

This month’s art exhibit, at the library, features work by members of the Blue Ridge Art Clan (BRAC).  The group is made up of artists from Ashe and surrounding counties and has been meeting for 38 years.   In 1970, Florence Thomas, a well-known local artist organized the group to offer monthly art workshops and technique instruction.  Members of BRAC range from beginners to experienced artists.  Those who wish to find out about joining the group can find more information on their website: Blue Ridge ArtClan.

Visit the library’s upstairs art wall and see sketches, watercolors, and photography by Pete Benda, Brenda Carson, Evalynn Halsy, Wylda Halsey, and Carol Ann Whitmore-Herring.  At a recent reception to open the exhibit the artists shared stories about their pieces on display.   Evalynn, a former Grayson Highlands State Park ranger, took an interesting picture of a tree that appears to be “trying to hatch a rock.”  She also tells about a fat lazy cat that is the subject of one drawing.  Despite the fact that this cat is mopey and slow, its name is “Flash.”    

Brenda Carson displays a pencil sketch called “Kit the Blacksmith,” showing her husband at work in his shop and another titled “Fox and Rabbit,” set in a mystical looking cornfield. 

Audrey Spencer shows a portrait of herself, drawn by BRAC member, Ralph Herring.  


 Dean's Duet (pictured on the left) entertained with classical violin music at the BROC artist reception.The "Art of Blue Ridge Art Clan" is on display through the month of March.

Next month's art reception takes place at 2:00 p.m. on April 5, showcasing paintings by Lea Booth and music by classical guitarist,  Richard Easley.

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