Blue Ridge Art Clan

Blue Ridge Art Clan


Blue Ridge Art Clan 2018 Season Program

The 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.  For several years the Clan met during the monthly 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 from April through October at Mt. Jefferson Presbyterian Church.  They also gather for informal critique sessions 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.

For more information about the Blue Ridge Art Clan and how to become a member, please contact Clan president, Pete Benda (919-622-9134, or

Dues may be paid at any meeting or a check made out to BRAC may be mailed to Treasurer, Susie Donahue, at P.O. Box 25, Fleetwood, NC 28626.

2018 Meeting Schedule