Blue Ridge Art Clan

Blue Ridge Art Clan


Blue Ridge Art Clan 2017 Season Program

The Blue Ridge Art Clan (BRAC) is a community of artists of all skill levels, founded 41 years ago by Florence Thomas to promote and support the arts.It began in 1976 when Florence Thomas and her students met with a professional artist for art lessons.

BRAC evolved into the flourishing organization it is today with over 40 members, from Ashe and surrounding counties. BRAC meets the fourth Saturday (9:30am – noon) March thru October at Mt. Jefferson Presbyterian Church (Fellowship Hall – 201 S Jefferson Ave.) West Jefferson, NC. The meetings feature well known artists from across North Carolina who share insights, techniques, passion, enthusiasm and helpful criticism with our members. Programs take two forms: Demonstrations and Critiques. Annual membership is just $45 per year, $55 after May 1, 2017 and guests are welcome to any meeting. We hope you’ll consider joining us. Pete Benda, President (919-622-9134 or or

Dues may be mailed to Pete Benda @ 8412 Callback Drive, Raleigh, NC 27615

Jan 28 – Critique Session by BRAC members E. Halsey, Bennett Darnell (held @ FTAS)

April 1 – Critique Session by BRAC members E. Halsey, La Mae Strange (held @ FTAS)

April 22 – Critique Session led by Noyes Capehart (members bring 1-4 recent paintings)

May 27 – Textures in the Summer Landscape using Oils Demonstration by Addren Doss

June 24 – Egg Tempera Painting in the 21st Century Demonstration by Jason Drake

July 22 – Charcoal Portraiture Demonstration by Tony Griffin

August 26 – Making a Mark: Good Drawing Equals Good Painting, Demo by Marsha Holmes

September 23 – Critique for Best of the Blue Ridge led by John Bond (members bring 1-4 recent paintings)

October 28 – Demonstration: Painting Moving Water in Acrylics by Jeremy Sams