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The Temple Theatre Gallery: Karen Rushatz

The Temple Theatre Gallery: Karen Rushatz

During the upcoming performance of “Clue: The Musical” at the Temple Theatre, the Sanford Brush and Palette Club will feature the artwork of artist Karen Rushatz.  “Clue: The Musical” will run through November 5th and Karen’s artwork will be on display in the stairway gallery leading to both entrances of the second-floor balcony.

Karen grew up in New York where she received a degree in medical technology from Dutchess Community College and a BA degree in business/marketing from SUNY New Paltz College.  In 1989, her family moved to Carolina Trace.

As a self-taught artist, Karen has nurtured her passion over the last seven years for the arts by exploring, learning and creating. Through art lessons with Lisa Mathis and other various artist workshops, she focuses on experimenting with color, texture, and composition. Drawing, watercolors, and acrylics are her favorite mediums. With the hope the viewer will be drawn in and captivated by the variety of texture, line, and color in her work, she strives for creative textured surfaces which provide tactile experiences for the viewer.

Karen has been a member of the Sanford Brush and Palette Club for seven years and has shown her artwork yearly in the club’s annual art show, winning Best in Show in 2015. Actively participating in the Club, she has taken on various leadership roles and has chaired the annual art show for two years. Karen is married to Tim Rushatz and they have three children: Chad, Cory, and Callie.

Clue: The Musical” is sponsored by Lee-Moore Capital & The Tiger Baron Foundation. Performance times are Thursdays 2:00pm, Fridays 2:00 and 7:30 pmSaturday 7:30pm and Sunday 2:00pm. Tickets may be purchased from 2-6 pm Monday through Friday at the Temple Theater box office, 120 Carthage St., by calling (919) 774-4155 or online at

Supply Suggestions for Plein Air Painting

Supply Suggestions for Plein Air Painting

Planning to participate in Saturday’s Spring Plein Air Paint-Out with us? Here are some ideas of things to bring along to make you are outstanding in your field:

  •  Watercolor paper or canvas. Bring more than you think you’ll need. Not every sheet will end up being a finished piece. This is especially new for those of us who are new to this kind of setting!
  • Artist tape. It adheres watercolor paper to a board or surface, leaves a crisp white border on a finished painting, and reduces shrinking after your painting has dried, all without ruining the edges of the paper. Not all tapes are created equally, so choose wisely! This is not an area where duct tape can fix everything.
  • Board to tape the watercolor paper down.
  • Easel. For any painter this is a handy item; optional but helpful!
  • Paint set. You don’t have to bring every color, but you do need to bring your own paints. In fact, bringing a limited palette and working with it no matter your subject matter could be a great exercise! Consider how you can provide more room to mix more colors, too! Difficult to do on-site, so plan ahead.
  • Brushes. Remember if you are painting in watercolor to bring brushes you only use for watercolor – don’t want to use your oil painting brushes! Same applies for acrylic and oil painters.
  • Water cups. A wise watercolorist recently suggested that you use two cups for painting – 1 for clean water, 1 for dirty water. Otherwise, you’re using dirty water to make new colors. Yikes! Any kind will do.
  • Water, for rinsing brushes, for wetting your brushes, plus more for you to drink!
  • Paper towels. If you tend to use a lot, bring a lot. Usually, a partial roll works just fine and this a great time to finish one off. Some artists prefer to use rags or old towels instead, and if you do that works wonderfully, too.
  • Pencil & eraser. Some artists prefer to jump right in, but if you are a sketch-then-paint kind of person, this is going to be a useful duo for you.
  • Seating. This could take a while and you want to be comfortable. A fold up chair, blanket, tripod stool, whatever works for you.
  • Sunscreen in a tube, hat, umbrella, whatever your favorite method of blocking the light from your eyes and keeping a burn at bay. The shade will move during the day and it’s going to be sunny and hot on Saturday!
  • Snacks, drinks, lunch. An insulated lunch bag can help here but is not necessary. Remember to stay hydrated! Pack an extra water or two. Think about snacks that will weather the heat well – crackers, granola bars, etc.
  • A well-charged phone and a pair of earbuds seem like a requirement for leaving the house these days. Consider the lack of wifi in the field, and if you plan to listen to online content, consider downloading your audio book or music list before you leave home. (Might want to keep your ringer low so you don’t distract others artists, though.)

Think about what you would need to have handy for (1) making the art you want to make, (2) an old school bring-your-own-lunch brown bag field trip, and (3) spending the day outside this time of year. Combine them all and you’ll be set!

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

Adventures of an Art Angel

Adventures of an Art Angel


by C. Pleasants York

Last summer I earned my wings as a Brush and Palette Art Angel. My delightful duty was contacting teachers in the Lee County Schools, asking what art supplies they needed for their students, ordering the supplies, and delivering them to the classrooms. The generous donations to Brush and Palette from members and from people in the community made Art Angels a breeze – and a learning experience for me and for my husband, Guy.

It was a summer of Blick, Triarco, Sax, and Brameco. It was the summer when I learned the skill of ordering on-line using a credit card and the joy of calling in the order to a real person. It was a summer when I hungered for the item number, knowing that if I did not know it, I would have to pore over a 600-page catalog trying to find the specific color and size of a tempera paint bottle with glitter or of 11 by 14 pads of yupo paper.

It was a summer of searching websites to check out coupons for percentages off or free shipping.

It was a summer when I learned not to call in orders at the end of the day. One company totally forgot to put the information into the computer. When I called to ask about the order that did not come, I had to choose between whether I wanted information on the company’s art supplies or janitorial supplies. An elderly clerk on the phone broke into tears when she realized they had made a mistake and then called me on my cell phone twice the next day to apologize and then three days later to make sure that the new order had arrived.

It was the summer when a teacher ordered four colors of tempera paint – three of them were not available, and the fourth was being phased out in a month. The company sent four bottles of the soon-to-be-unavailable cobalt blue.

It was the summer when our doorbell rang and we were greeted with UPS, FedEx, and US Mail, all boxes full of art supplies. It was a summer when we had to move the boxes out of the way to open the screen door.

It was a summer of stepping over piles of boxes in the living room, loading them into the van for the trips to the school, activating the GPS a couple of times. It was a summer of sitting in the long lines of bus traffic when we came too near the end of the day. And since it was a summer when the temperature soared to 100 degrees, it was a time of worry over whether the crayons in the boxes might melt before we could get them into the air conditioned schools.

It was a summer of meeting kind and considerate teachers, secretaries, custodians, school nurses, principals and students at the schools. We carried baskets and rolled wagons and AV carts out to unload the van, and once we even used a wheelchair. Some of the boxes contained high-density clay, frames, or reams of paper. One box was seven yards of canvas. Other boxes contained paint brushes, googly eyes, and pipe cleaners. When it came to carrying boxes, Guy and I preferred the latter!

Our grandson, Noah, traveled with us a few times to help open the doors and carry boxes. He was mesmerized by the artwork on the walls, some done with the help of our Brush and Palette members. I particularly like the announcement over the intercom to the whole school at Warren Williams School: “The Art Angels are here!” Everyone who came down the hall greeted us with such pleasure.

It was a summer of worry about the packages delivered to the porch at our house downtown.  While we were in Costa Rica for nine days, a box of 12 watercolor pads disappeared off our porch.  When it did not arrive in a timely manner, I double-checked the order date by going through all the numbers in my phone for the month of July.  When the clerk from School Specialties checked her records, she cheerfully resent the order free of charge.

My work with the Art Angels offered me and my husband, Guy, a fulfilling summer of communicating with teachers, ordering supplies, and visiting classrooms.  What a joy to see so many smiling faces – students and teachers!  My favorite memory from my time with Art Angels came with an e-mail from Art Specialist Kim Daniels who said, “Thank you for the art supplies Deep River students received and are now using.  It’s good to know we have angels watching over us!!!”


Learn more about Sanford Brush & Palette Club’s Art Angels program here.