Fundamentally the Same:

Artwork by members of the Blue Tablecloth Society

August 27-September 28, 2019

Sara Braaten Gallery

Also Visit: George Radeschi Woodturned Art, Terrace Gallery

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Join us for a Reception with the artists 

during 2nd Fridays in Bedford: September,13th, 5-8pm

Refreshments, live music, community art project

Artwork by Deliece Blanchard, Cheryl Hawkins, Kaye Lipscomb, and Nancy McDearmon, who formed a panel of judges for the 2019 Annual Edna Curry/John Bower Exhibition

The Blue Table Society was originated by the well-known Virginia artist Ron Boehmer and functions as a critique instrument and professional barometer for its membership, which is limited to five. The goal is to examine work and learn from each piece and each other. We discuss our motivations, goals, and problems as they relate to us specially and art culture today.

About the Participating Members


Deliece Blanchard


Deliece’s education in biology and music (with degrees from UVA) informs her artistic practice, and her former career in public school strings taught her to appreciate the creative spirit in all people. She paints with lyrical marks that reveal her background in music. Among her accomplishments include five painting fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the acceptance of work into the 20th Annual National Exhibition of the American Impressionist Society (AIS), which opens Sept. 19, 2019 at the Salmagundi Club in NYC, the 2019 AIS Small Works Exhibit, and the 2018 Oil Painters of America National Salon Show, as well as multiple plein air awards. She will be in residence at the Tyrone Guthrie Arts Centre in Ireland, in April 2020. Her work appears in academic and corporate collections, including Randolph College and the Virginian Hotel in Lynchburg, VA.


“I feel the most natural, and also the most challenged, when I am painting. The notion of time is always in my consciousness. I have a pressing drive to create and a consistent work habit. When I’m plein air painting, I am fully in the present, observing the line of a tree limb or the effects of light and shadow, (hopefully prepared for surprises from the weather, terrain, and insects!) Two or three hours of this concentrated attention seems timeless. My intention is for my paintings to show a dynamic relationship between spatial depth and surface pattern, an interaction of color, and an expressive variety of brushstrokes.” View her website:


Cheryl Hawkins


As an Air Force brat, yearly I moved across the country and was exposed to various customs, cultures, and art as a youth. At age 12, I had my first oil painting class in Los Angeles, and a design class from a UCLA professor on maternity leave. I graduated from Radford College (VA) with a Bachelor’s degree in Art, married, taught for two years, then put down roots and the paintbrush in Rustburg, Virginia, and raised two children.


In the early 90’s, after resuming interest in art, I studied watercolors, pastels, and acrylics with many renown artists here and abroad.


I was a founding member of the Art Co-op at Riverviews Art Space, have rented an art space on the 2nd floor, been at the Art Box on 12th Street since its conception in 2009, and am an early member of the Lynchburg Academy Center of the Arts. My art works have been in selective juried shows in Virginia and

hung in private homes, businesses, and schools. I enjoy teaching children and adults the great mysteries of making art. View her work at:


Painting as always been food for my spirit; I love to make my mark and share my art knowledge!


Kaye Lipscomb


Kaye has studied with many well-known artists, including Ron Boehmer, the founder of The Blue tablecloth Society. Travels in Japan were also very influential in the direction of her art.


Much of her work portrays the juxtaposition existing between opposites necessary to the creative process, whether it be personal or cosmic in scope. Destruction and creation, violence and harmony, magnitude and the minimal propel us forward and through our individual and collective repository of experience, altering and directing our choice of visual language of line, color and form. Her body of work is an illustration of this process, deliberately containing pieces that are high energy and exquisitely quiet……both perspectives are essential. The specific nature of marks and surface continue to be vital elements to my compositions.


Kaye Lipscomb was born in Lynchburg Virginia and graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1967. Since 2001, Kaye’s work has been exhibited in more than 85 solo, group and juried shows and she has received numerous awards. View her website:


Nancy McDearmon


As is true of many artists, I work in series. My work comes in two quite distinct forms. Often my subject has been the Central Virgina landscape, produced in oils, created on location. The landscape paintings vary in size and scope, most recently 360 degree images covering multiple canvases. Included in this exhibit is the first of this series, Center of the Universe: Mt. Rush. For those who drive on roads other that 4-lane highways, it may be a familiar sight. Mt. Rush is the geographic center of Virginia. During periods of high stress or time when painting outside is non-existent, I turn to another subject…illuminated manuscripts or geometric designs incorporating snakes. Often asked if I love snakes, I can definitively say that I am terrified of the real thing. But creating rather obsessively textured, patterned unreal snakes has given me a genuine appreciation for their shapes and patterns as found in nature. I find the concept of written language to be fascinating – that line and shapes have been assigned meaning. In my manuscripts, the individual letters sometimes become “snakified”.


McDearmon, a graduate of VA Tech, taught art for many years in Amherst County Public Schools before becoming part of the Sweet Briar College Art Gallery and Museum staff. View her website:


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