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Blue Ridge Art ClanThe Blue Ridge Art Clan was formed in 1978 by Florence Thomas and her art students to encourage and enhance the creation of new art in the High Country.  The Clan’s 40th anniversary was celebrated last year during the Shadow of the Hills exhibition at the Ashe Arts Council.  For several years the Clan met during thenmonthly visits of the influential Charlotte-based artist and teacher, John Brady.  John was a mentor to the Clan during their first decade and was greatly responsible for the high quality of artwork produced by this group.  In subsequent years, more than 100 different accomplished artists have contributed to the Clan’s growth through demonstrations, critiques and workshops.  Clan instructors share their insights, techniques, passion, enthusiasm and helpful criticism with members covering a broad range of art.

The Blue Ridge Art Clan meets on the fourth Saturday morning of the month at 9:30 AM from April through October at Mt. Jefferson Presbyterian Church.  They also gather for informal critique sessions at the Florence Thomas Art School over the winter.  Guests are welcome at any meeting for a free “look see.”  More than two dozen current members comprise a full range of artists from beginners to professionals who work in watercolor, oils, acrylics, pastels, pencil, pen & ink, collage, alcohol ink, and other media.  Clan members exhibit (and offer their work for sale) in multiple venues in addition to the Shadow of the Hills.  These include opportunities at the Florence Thomas Art School, the Watauga County Arts Council, the Ashe County Library, and at selected art galleries. Clan members have competed in the Best of the Blue Ridge at the Ashe Arts Center, since the inception of this exhibition in 2006.  At this annual juried event, Blue Ridge Art Clan members have won the Best in Show award three times and other awards on at least 7 occasions.

Florence Thomas Art School
June 3 – 30, 2019

We invite you to join us for the exhibit Opening Reception Friday, June 14th, from 5 pm – 8 pm!

The Blue Ridge Art Clan program for the current season is as follows:

Meeting Date Program Instructor or Host
Jan 19 BRAC
member directed critique

NOTE: 10:30 AM at Florence
Thomas Art School
Evalynn Halsey
Mar 9 BRAC
member directed critique

NOTE: 10:30 AM at Florence
Thomas Art School
Evalynn Halsey
Apr 27 Demo: Painting Prep & Technique Jacob Daniels
May 25 Critique:  Preparation for Shadow of the Hills Wes Waugh
Jun 22 Demo:  Preparing Prints of Paintings Mack Read
Jul 27 Demo:  Wood Burning Painting Patricia Leonard
Aug 24 Critique:  Preparation for Best of the Blue Ridge Noyes Capehart
Sep 28 Demo:  Impressionistic Painting in Oils Harold Franz
Oct 26 Demo:  Developing
an Abstract Painting
Tonya Bottomley

For more information about the Blue Ridge Art Clan or how to become a member,
please contact Clan president, Pete Benda (919-622-9134, or 
Dues remain at just $45 for the full year if paid by May 1 and increase to $55 if paid after that date.  Dues may be paid at any meeting or by mailing a check made out to BRAC to Treasurer, Susie Donahue, at P.O. Box 25, Fleetwood, NC 28626.