Important Dates:

Entry deadline - Jan 22-midnight No changes after the deadline

Art delivery deadline - hand deliver: Fri/Sat, Jan 31/Feb 1, noon-3pm

Shipped art must arrive by Jan 31


Awards reception: Feb 14, 5-8pm

Presentations/comments by judge at 6pm

Sara Braaten Gallery, 2nd Fridays in Bedford


Best in Show $750 & solo exhibit

2nd $400

3rd $200

Minimum of 3 Awards of Merit: $75 each


Pick-up art work:

Sun, Mar 15, 1-4pm.

No art released before 4pm, March 14

Judge: Tracy Budd  "Painting Basics and Beyond"


My work is a creative evolution of what I see, how I feel, and where I've been. I am most attracted to strong shapes, and interesting imagery that becomes my vehicle for drawing, pouring, scraping, and texturizing in the layers of my acrylic paintings. My love for organic imagery and design keeps me arranging and re-arranging shape, form, color, and line until I'm satisfied. I love acrylic paint for its watercolor-like tendencies and the heavier oil-like texture I can achieve. Deciding my emphasis, editing, and adding to a composition, enables me to express more purely my intent in paint. My goal is to begin with an idea but be open to respond to the painting as it is progressing, constantly lifting, adding, and participating in the creative moment. The longer I have painted, I have come to realize that painting for me is about building a "sophisticated surface", regardless of the subject matter. Painting is a language, and it is the means for which I express my feelings about life and the world we live in. It's the most exciting journey with no end! Education, Shows, and Professional Opportunities I received my BA in studio art from Bridgewater College and took further classes at James Madison University. I founded "For Arts Sake" children's camps when my children were young, and I worked as graphic designer. I have been a faculty member at The Studio School in Roanoke VA for 17 years, where I teach a layered acrylics class and am a former gallery owner of Signature 9 Gallery in Roanoke. Artists I have studied with include: Carole Barnes, Carrie Brown, George James, Carla O'Connor, Pat Dews, Jan Ledbetter, Mary Todd Beam, John Salminen, Joan Fullerton, and Linda Kemp. I am a regular participant in local, regional, and national water media shows. I'm a signature member of the Virginia Watercolor Society, the Central Virginia Watercolor Society, and have won awards and participated in national shows such as: San Diego Watercolor Society, Rocky Mountain National Watercolor Show, and Baltimore Watercolor Society

HOURS: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-4pm

Gallery admission is always free.

305 N. Bridge St. Bedford, VA 24523

540-586-4235 ​​​​    Contact Us

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