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Karen Rushatz Exhibit at ArtStudio in Sanford

Karen Rushatz Exhibit at ArtStudio in Sanford

Last night was the reception and opening for SBPC member Karen Rushatz’s solo exhibit at ArtStudio in Downtown Sanford. Thank you to the club members that attended!

If you haven’t been yet, please make sure to get over to the studio and see Karen’s work before it wraps up July 31st. There are over 80 pieces of original art – many of them new drawings, but you might recognize some of your favorite paintings from the past couple of years. It’s also another chance to look at the painting that won Best In Show in at the SBPC 50th Annual Art Show!

You can see Karen’s work on display and talk with her – or meet her for the first time! – at a few events at the ArtStudio this summer.:

June 23 – Open Studio with Karen Rushatz @ArtStudio – 5:30-7:30PM

June 24 – Open Studio with Karen Rushatz @ArtStudio – 2-4PM

June 28 – Karen will be a guest teacher at ArtStudio’s Art Smart Summer Art Class 3:30-5PM

July 20 – Interactive Drawing Demo with Karen Rushatz @ArtStudio – 6:30-8PM

Art Angels in Action at Bragg Street Academy

Art Angels in Action at Bragg Street Academy

What does it look like when the Sanford Brush & Palette Club‘s Art Angels program is active in the community? In this case, it looks like a fully engaged teacher and students grades 6-12 carrying out the vision of a high school artist. There are some wonderful murals at Bragg Street Academy as a result.

Congratulations to teacher John Fisher, student Andy Wren, and principal Jolanda Jordan. Your Art Angels project is beautiful!

More info on the project in today’s Sanford Herald Extra or online here.

You can get involved with our Art Angels program at the 53rd Annual Art Show. All raffle ticket proceeds benefit this program and hundreds of young Lee County artists!




May Meeting & Demo Photos

May Meeting & Demo Photos

Who couldn’t use a little exercise in creative flow as we move into summer? At our May 20th meeting, we were thrilled to have Jeanne Rhea lead us through a ‘flow’ painting demonstration. Members and guests watched and jotted down notes as Jeanne Rhea and her assistant and fellow artist Elena Gage went over the basics and intermediate steps to make combine science and art together with a dash of unpredictability. Tables were set up around the perimeter of the demo space and everyone had a chance to go with the flow on their own.


























From the artist, a word about Going with the Flow or Accidental Painting provided before our demo:

“This technique is for beginners to professional. Everyone will be able to create a small painting. Every painting will be unique. I will demo techniques on creating cells, lace, agate, or dendritic effects. If time permits, webbing, marbling, and feathering will also be shown. I will cover the acrylic paints that work well, the mediums and other supplies made especially to enhance these effects in fluid painting. We will be pouring wet into wet and tilting, swiping, or shaking. No paintbrushes will be used. You will find that this is a great way to loosen up and to just enjoy painting. This technique can be an abstract painting, used as a background, or the techniques can be used in your own art style.”


March Meeting & Demo Photos

March Meeting & Demo Photos

At our March 18th meeting, we were thrilled to have Beth Bale lead us through a watercolor demonstration. Members watched attentively as Beth talked about the materials, tools, skills, and techniques. Then everyone found a table and painted their own vase of flowers.


2017 Spring Plein Air Event Photos

2017 Spring Plein Air Event Photos

It was a warm and lovely Saturday when members of the Sanford Brush & Palette Club and a few guests gathered at SBPC member Shirley Romero’s Art House and farm. Out in the ‘plein air’ our brave artists took on all of the challenges of working outside the studio and covered blank paper and canvases, capturing the magic of the setting and the day. Enjoy these photos and look for the new Plein Air category at this year’s 53rd Annual Art Show!

Thank you to Shirley Romero for hosting us at her wonderful farm and Art House. Thanks to Beth Bale, Jennifer Hogan, and Diana King for the photos.

Gael & Jennifer

Doug Rowe

Carol Rotter

Carol Rotter




Spring Plein Air Paint-Out

Spring Plein Air Paint-Out

Spring Plein Air Paint-Out
April 29th – 7AM – 4PM
(rain date May 13th)
1501 Cool Springs Rd, Sanford, NC 27330

Painters of all ages and skill levels are invited to a Plein Air Paint-Out in the country on Saturday, April 29th (rain date, May 13th). Bring your materials (as well as water, snacks, and lunch!) and check-in at Schoolhouse/Art House (1501 Cool Springs Rd, Sanford, NC 27330) between 7-9 AM. Look for SBPC signs! From there, you may set up anywhere on the farm. Plenty of parking. From the schoolhouse, there is a private road (a short walk) that leads to the farmhouse property and old barns. A restroom is available.

SBPC Members pay only $10 to participate; non-members $15. Funds will be donated to the Sanford Brush & Palette Club. Participants agree to allow photos to be taken of themselves and their art for publicity purposes. We want to share this fun event with everyone! Register NOW by contacting Beth Bale at or (919) 323-6146.

SBPC Members: Remember, Plein Air art is going to be a new category in this year’s Annual Art Show! We would love to see your work there. To be eligible for this category, paintings must be created by SBPC Members on canvases or papers that have been stamped on check-in. Painters may complete 1-2 pieces of art that will need to be validated back at the check-in area by 4 PM.

Vision for SBPC From President Gael Hogan

Vision for SBPC From President Gael Hogan

A summary from SBPC President Gael Hogan of her vision for the club, as shared at the January meeting.


Dear Fellow Artist,

As your new president, I have some ideas that will help transform this club into the next logical, progressive step that honors its legacy and changes lives.

There are three main areas I want to address. The first is to grow as artists and friends while getting more value for our membership. Two meetings this year will be held on Saturdays to accommodate working members and those who don’t want to drive or go out at night. We will gather together for a BYO lunch, followed by a short business meeting, and then have a demo followed by painting together at no cost. You can bring friends to this meeting, and maybe they will want to become members. In November we will have an end of the year celebration on a Saturday evening which will include and conclude our end of the year business. For entertainment, we have some talented singers, musicians, writers, maybe even comics who will share their other gifts with us.

We are going to add Fun Days as a committee.  For a minimal fee of $5 to $10 you and a friend (no children please) will have a little more artistic freedom. Our bylaws say that our mission is to “Foster an interest in the visual arts, provide educational opportunities related to ALL forms of visual arts for interested adults in the community.” We hope to have our first FUN DAY sometime this spring. We will make cards which will be a great lesson in design, color, and composition. At some point, we would like to make cards for service members, terminally ill children, and along with the Broadway Elementary Art Club, provide cards to nursing homes. Fun Days will be a great addition for people who want to be artistic but maybe aren’t interested in being in the show.  It will be a stress-free time to create, fellowship, and think outside the box with others.

We will offer and promote Plein Air events and workshops which will be announced. All of these events are to help us grow as artists regardless of skill level. We want to provide something for everyone.

Secondly, we want to do more to promote other art groups and organizations locally and within the surrounding area. When one group succeeds, we all do. For example, the Quilters’ Bi-Annual Show is this year and will overlap ours. We are going to promote each other.

Thirdly, we want to continue to reach out to our own community through Art Angels, healing ceilings, demonstrations, and donating art to good causes.

So all three points boil down to this: Receive, Share, and Give.

We have initiated a 50/50 raffle in an attempt to offset some funding issues and have fun.  By law, we are allowed to have two raffles a year. One raffle is held during the Annual Art Show and benefits Art Angels. But with the new raffle, members can purchase a ticket or several tickets each time we meet. The drawing will be held at the November End of the Year Celebration with all proceeds going to our general fund.

Lastly, as part of your membership, at no cost to the members or the club, we had 500 business cards designed by Jennifer Hogan and paid for by Doug Rowe. Make sure to get some at the next meeting!


Blessings to YOU!

Gael Hogan

President, Sanford Brush & Palette Club