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Introducing the art of Brenda Behr:

Featured Artist @ Western Carteret Public Library for the month of July and August:



Painting is Brenda Behrs second career. Thinking it a more sure way to make a living with her art, Brenda earned her B.F.A. in Communication Arts and Design at Virginia Commonwealth University and her M.F.A. in Advertising Design at Syracuse University. For almost 33 years, the advertising hub of Minneapolis was where the artist honed her visual communication skills through graphic design and art direction. Painting was never too far away, although she admits now, she was pretty much a Sunday painter in Minnesota. In 1976, she enrolled in an oil figure painting class at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. At the same art school in 1981, she began to study watercolors. Her continuing studies of both watercolors and oils have included workshops with nationally known painters, including the late Robert E. Wood, Cheng-Khee Chee, Frank Webb, Charles Reid, Albert Handell, Kenn Backhaus and Susan Sarback. In 2003 Brenda moved hometo Goldsboro to care for her aging mother, and the new course of her life was set. She now works full time as a professional fine artist, selling her works through the galleries that represent her as well as online through her website:

The Greenville Museum of Art in Greenville, NC and Iredell Museums in Statesville are among the solo exhibitions that have featured Brendas paintings. Her honors include participation in numerous group shows, including one at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, a feature article in Our State magazine, plus inclusion in the books Painting North Carolina: Impressions en plein air, Painting North Carolina: A Visual Journey, and Strokes of Genius 4: The Best of Drawing. In September 2014, she was juried along with twenty-seven nationally known landscape painters to participate in the first annual Piedmont Plein Air Paint-out in High Point, NC. This year Brenda is honored to be the 2015 Annual Seafood Festival Commemorative Poster Artist.

Brenda is a member of Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society and  the Portrait Society of America. She holds signature membership in the Watercolor Society of North Carolina.


16x20" oil painting titled Martin’s Dream

This year’s commemorative poster for the 2015 NC Seafood Festival

Artist Statement

 Its not so much what we portray as how we choose to portray it that puts our own spin and signature on a chosen subject matter.

 I find no need to duplicate the landscape, person, or still life before me. Cameras can duplicate images much faster than I can paint them.
What I want most to portray in my paintings is the perception of that landscape or still life that has inspired me to paint it.
I want you to see the image through my eyes. This is why I paint.





Please join us and enjoy the view at the library.


As a public service to the citizens of Carteret County, the Western Carteret Public Library provides designated space for exhibits and/or displays of art works, crafts, special interest collections, etc. which reflect community interest and talent.  The Friends of the Western Carteret Library coordinate the monthly art exhibits for the Library.  For information regarding exhibits, please read the Policy for Exhibits and Displays at Western Carteret Public Library.  If you are interested in displaying your artwork, come by the Library to pick up an Exhibit Application.
































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