Florence Thomas Art School


Florence Thomas Art School
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Florence Thomas Art School

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Apr 26 2018


06:00 PM - 08:00 PM



Art Party with Raney Rogers (April)

All Levels
All Materials Provided

“Art Party” with Raney Rogers will jump start your creative juices with lots of laughter, artistic tips and send you home with your very own masterpiece.  Bring your beverage of choice* and a willingness to leave your troubles at the door.  Raney will lead you step-by-step and keep you entertained along the way.  Join us, and experience what being an artist can do for your spirit, your stress level and your sense of accomplishment!

April’s painting pictured above!
With Raney in charge, it’s GUARANTEED to be an evening of fun! We hope you’ll join us!

*You are encouraged to bring along your favorite wine, beer, or a non-alcoholic beverage to sip as you paint. In accordance with North Carolina law, you must be 21 years of age to consume alcoholic beverages. If there is a question about your age, you may be asked to provide identification documenting that you are of age.

Workshop Teacher

  • Raney Rogers

    Raney Rogers has been living and painting professionally in the Blue Ridge Mountains for over twenty years.  Well-known in North Carolina and gaining national acclaim, Rogers has won numerous awards and exhibited her work in galleries around the world.  In addition to her formal art training, she has studied under Robert Bateman and Daniel Greene.  She has taught art in public schools and to private students.

    “Being an artist was not a choice for me.  I was drawn to the craft and only there find my true happiness.  Art, for me, is the result of the constant struggle –or flow – of translating soul feelings onto canvas or paper, and when given the opportunity, sharing the experience with others, and hopefully make a difference-.”

    Professional artist since 1981
    Instructor- private and group creativity classes 1987-present (see Instructor)
    East Carolina University BA Art Education
    Ashe County schools 1984-1987
    Durham County schools 1979-1981

    Owner – Acorn Gallery, West Jefferson , NC  since 1994
    Treasurer, North Carolina Wildlife Artist Society 2009-2010
    Resident Artist – White Hart Woods, West Jefferson, NC       2006-2009
    Director of Cultural Arts, White Hart Woods  2006-2009

    Workshops taken:

    Chuck McLachlan watercolor 2005
    Kevin Beck plein air 2003
    Heiner Hertling plein air 1996
    Daniel Greene portrait master 1995
    Sallie Middleton naturalist 1991
    Robert Bateman naturalist-master class 1982, 1991, 2000
    Charles Fracé 1984


    YouTube: Painting with Raney (13 episodes for PBS)
    Painting with Raney Art Parties – throughout the southeast
    RSVP at the Black Bear Inn 2010 – present
    Florence School – 2010
    White Hart Woods  2006-2009
    Florence School  2009
    Sedona School of Art 2007
    Cheap Joe’s 2004, 2005,2006,2007,2008
    Jefferson Station 2005
    High Country Watermedia 2005,2006,2007
    Jerry’s Artarama  March 2006, 2007, 2008

    One Woman Exhibition:

    Artist in Residency, Edgewood Cottage, Blowing Rock, NC  August 2017
    Jefferson Landing 2008
    Davidson County Museum of Art, May 2004
    North Carolina Museum of Natural Science, September 2003
    Ashe Arts Center, July 1998
    UNC Morehead Planetarium, East Wing, March 1993

    Juried Exhibition:

    East Tennessee State University 2010
    Watercolor Society of North Carolina 2009
    Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation – Invitation only 2008
    Blowing Rock Museum Art Exhibition and Sale  2005 Catalog
    Through Women’s Eyes 2005
    Charleston Wildlife Exhibition 2000
    AAWS 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999
    Durham Art Guild 2000, 1999
    AWS 1999
    Easton Waterfowl Festival 1998
    National Portrait Artist 1998
    North Carolina Zoological Society 2nd Place 1997
    1st Place 1998 watercolor
    North Carolina Watercolor Society 2nd Place 1997 acrylic
    2nd Place 1996, 1995, 1994 watercolor
    East African Wildlife Exhibit Kenya 1992




    Palette Magazine: article for Cheap Joe’s  December issue
    Wildlife in North Carolina, magazine May 2010, article
    All About Women – January/February 2010 featured artist and cover
    Art Column:Jefferon Post /regular contributor “For the Arts”
    North Carolina Wildife Magazine
    North Carolina Wildlife Calendar 2005, 2006, 2007,2008,2009
    Best Of  North Carolina- Art Book Series  2006
    BlueRidge Country Magazine May/June 2005
    Land Conservation Trust of North Carolina 2005
    Henry the Egret/ Pelican Post 2004
    Our State Magazine March 2002
    Secrets of the Nunni  hi  2003  (children’s book)
    North Carolina Wildlife Calendar 1999, 1998
    West Virginia Wildlife Calendar 1999
    World of Golf 1993
    96 limited edition prints and gicleé reproductions


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