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Introducing the art of Brenda
Featured Artist @ Western
Carteret Public Library for the month of July and August:
Painting is Brenda Behr’s
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
to 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: http://brendabehr.com/
The Greenville Museum of Art in Greenville, NC
and Iredell Museums in Statesville are among the solo exhibitions
that have featured Brenda’s
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
16x20" oil painting titled Martin’s
year’s commemorative poster for the 2015 NC Seafood Festival
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.
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.
ABOUT ART EXHIBITS AT THE WESTERN CARTERET
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.