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March 7th  demo* Jane Todd Butcher

Article in the Transylvania Times

Popular landscape artist and workshop instructor Jane Todd Butcher will demonstrate her unusual techniques and style at the next Transylvania Arts Guild meeting, which will be held on Thursday, March 7, at 1 p.m.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Transylvania Parks and Recreation Center.

A resident of Greer, S.C., Butcher uses a combination of water-based mediums, ink, rice paper and other collage materials to produce works of art shown in galleries throughout the Carolinas.

For more information about the meeting or the Transylvania Arts Guild, contact Karen Kallio at (828) 885-2402.

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Demo by Geoffrey Barbey * April 4th

Geoffrey began a 25-year career in advertising and the commercial film production industry. He was a Producer for major advertising firms in New York and then went on to represent various creative based companies. Clients included commercial film directors and their production companies, digital special effects studios, cell-animation studios, music companies and motion graphic design firms.

“I attended a demonstration conducted by John Philip Osborne at the Ridgewood Art Institute in New Jersey. Watching him paint, while he spoke about his method and reasoning, completely captivated me and I knew I had found someone who could lead me forward. I enrolled in his class the following week and have been painting almost every day since.” (click on images to enlarge)

Demo May 2 * Mike Tiddy

Raised an “Army Brat” in the 1940’s and 1950’s, I travelled the world. Now I’m in my mid 70’s and still travelling! However, now I carry a sketchpad, pens and watercolors no matter where I go. I paint what pleases my eye and what I want to remember. My artwork is perhaps best described as a visual journal of the places that I love and the characters that live within them. I especially love travelling in Europe and I frequently make extended visits to France with side trips to Spain and Italy. While on these journeys I sketch, take hundreds of photographs and paint what I see. Sharing visually what I have learned on my voyage through life is one of my great joys!

 My favorite subjects to paint are the Coastal and Blue Ridge mountain regions of North and South Carolina, the French countryside and Paris street scenes. My primary work is in watercolor paintings and pen or graphite sketches.

June 6 meeting was to sketch a live model.  Jean Olderman was the model. Artists hard at work.

Aug. 1st * Sue Byrne Russell demo

“Uphill Climb” by Sue Byrne Rusell depicts a group of bicyclists heading uphill.

Sue Byrne Russell, noted local artist, will do one of her popular critiquing programs at the upcoming meeting of the Transylvania Art Guild on Thursday, Sept. 5.

For this program, members of the guild will bring paintings to the meeting which Russell will critique before the group and will suggest possible improvements based on her years of experience and expertise. She enjoys helping artists seek and find ways to energize their art. By guiding each artist to “say” what he/she wants the viewer to “see,” she provides tips to convey ideas, simplify compositions, while enjoying the process.

Russell and her husband, Padgett Cleveland, lived and worked for 20 years in Saudi Arabia and Germany. They traveled the world with backpacks, sketch books, cameras and journals. She now maintains a studio and gallery, as well as a summer artist retreat, at Hemlock Studios in Cedar Mountain and assists the director at the annual Kanuga Watermedia Workshops.

Russell holds a BFA in graphic design from the University of Georgia and a MA in art/art education from Arizona State University. She has been a secondary art teacher, college instructor, a workshop instructor and an exhibiting artist in the United State, Saudi Arabia and Germany.

The Transylvania Art Guild is an association of artists who are interested in visual arts. The guild meets the first Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. in the Transylvania County Rec-reation Center located off Ecusta Road behind the Pisgah Elementary School. Each meeting features an experienced artist who presents a program on some aspect of art. Meetings are open to the public.

TAG showcase artwork on Main Street in Brevard

Art is located in storefront next to Love's Jewelry Store

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Winners of the TAG Summer Showcase Show

1st - Nancy Wahl  * Oil Painting

2nd - Jean Olderman * Collage

3rd - Caroline Trickey * Watercolor

People's Choice Award * tie between Janet Forber Roess and Denise Sawyer

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners and all who participated 

Hollingsworth Gallery in historic downtown Brevard, NC

Sept. 1st - 30th

Portraits Demo at Art Guild * Nov 7th

Sarah Sneeden

    Please join us to hear Sarah Sneeden, one of our beloved Brevard artists. She will be speaking on "Portraits" and demonstrating using a live model this month at the Transylvania Art Guild. The Art Guild will meet Thursday, November 7th 1 - 3 p.m. @ the Transylvania County Recreation Center 10780 Ecusta Road in Brevard.

     A converted cowshed on Cedar Mountain has been her studio/gallery for the past 20 years. Sarah was born in Pennsylvania and attended Centenary College in New Jersey    She is well known for her colorful Plein Air landscapes in this area. 

     Sarah is also represented by 

Twigs and Leaves Gallery in Waynesville, N.C.

     For more information:




         Sept 5th * Dona Barnett demo


    Dona Barnett of Flying Rhino Studios in Asheville will demonstrate and speak on Printmaking at the Sept. 5th Transylvania County Art Guild meeting. 

     The guild meets every first Thursday of each month from 1 til 3 p.m. at the local Transylvania County Recreation Center on Ecusta Rd. in Brevard. We would love for you to come check us out!      

     Barnett's studio and her work can be found in the River Arts District and the Woolworth Walk in Asheville as well as other galleries. Her blockprints vary from conceptual abstraction to her most recent series of very colorful expressive realistic vegetables. 

     After 16 years of being a self-taught artist, Dona Barnett entered UNCA and graduated with honors earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She mainly focuses on Printmaking using non-toxic techniques. You can view her website at www.donabarnett.com 

Cathryn Cooper at October Art Guild Meeting

Oct. 3rd

       We would love for you to join us this month.  One of our local artists, Cathryn P. Cooper will be demonstrating and speaking on acrylic painting.

     Cathryn is originally from Atlanta,Georgia. Her art instruction started when she was six years old with art lessons. She later received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Atlanta College of Art.  She now lives in North Carolina and the surroundings here have become very influential in her subject matter for her acrylic paintings.

     Cathryn maintains a home studio as well as in Brevard on Main Street at Artists@Work. She also displays her artwork in Hendersonville at The Woodlands Gallery and in Waynesville, North Carolina.

     Join us this month to hear Cathryn speak on Acrylic Painting as well as demonstrating her work. 

     For more information:  Cathrynpcooperart.com


tartguild@gmail.com  see some of the artist's work below

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Cathryn demonstrating her technique