August Newsletter

Junk Art Show

Up in the Gallery Now!

For the months of August and September, come in and enjoy your Community’s creative spirit in the Junk Art Show! Above artwork is by Elizabeth Schwartzendruber and is one of the many beautiful creations brought in this year.

This year the Art Center will be awarding three awards at the Reception on September 10th at 3pm! One of those will be the People’s Choice Award, so be sure to come in to the Art Center and vote for your favorite.

Reception: September 10th, 2pm to 4pm

Volunteer this Summer!

Come check out the Junk Art Show up close by volunteering to host! We always need more people, and what a great way to meet the community or get some time to work on your art. No experience is necessary, check with Lori Garcy for more information! or sign up online here.

Stand By Me Day Art Market

Hope you had a chance to check out this big Brownsville event! The Art Market was a success for the Art Center, with our biggest single day ever at $826 in gross sales! Not only did that Art Center make sales, we also acquired two new artist members!

Big thanks to Barbara Andersen (pictured above in her booth) for putting on this great event for the Art Center. What a great way to celebrate 30 years since Stand By Me!

**Keep in mind, our next big Art Market is the Holiday Art Market in December. Start making up your stock now!

Upcoming Events & Contests:

The Sketchbook Club

This summer, the Sketchbook Club is hosting a contest open to all artists! All you have to do is create some artwork inspired by the photo in the poster above! You do not have to be a member of the Sketchbook Club, and you can use any medium you want!
Bring it in to the September meeting on September 9th, 6pm to 8pm!

Don’t forget to join us for this month’s meeting, August 12th, 6pm to 8pm!

Paper Mache Masks

Check out this 2-day class open to all ages being taught by Ally Maser! $35 per student, August 17 & 18, 10am to 12pm.

Sign up at the Art Center, or contact Alice Tetamore for more information:


The Art Center has offered scholarships in the past for Children’s classes, and would like to offer it again with your help! If you would like to donate specifically for Children’s Scholarships, stop by the Art Center and put your donation in the marked jar!

Check with Alice about acquiring a scholarship or family rate for a class!

Decorative Paper & Coptic Bookbinding Class

Take each of these individually, or as an entire class!

Decorative Papers

Friday, August 19th, 1pm to 4pm ($65)

Students will be introduced to several traditional techniques for creating decorative papers including: Turkish Marbling, Japanese Marbling, Paste Paper, and Shibori-style dying. There will be time to experience all techniques and create a collection of paper for future use.

Coptic Bookbinding

Saturday, August 20th, 10am to 3pm ($50)

Students will learn to make a Coptic structure book using some of the papers created the previous day for the covers. Coptic books are well suited for sketchbooks and journals because they open perfectly flat. Many samples and models of variations on this structure will be available to help students plan their own book.

Both Classes ($100)

Sign up at the Art Center or contact Alice Tetamore at

Upcoming Classes:

A Tin of Tags with Chris Seale, 12pm to 2pm ($25)
Guided in making 30 Christmas gift tags
**Must preregsiter by 9/1**
Silk Painting with Jean Lawrence, 10am to 4pm ($80)
All materials included, class limit 6.

Featured Artist:

Tennille McVeigh

I’m an Oregon transplant, but having lived in Oregon now over 25 years, I consider myself an Oregonian. I relocated with my family to the Halsey/ Brownsville area from Arizona.
For as long as I can remember, I have been involved in art, in one form or another. After changing my major a couple times in college, I took a photography class and became enchanted by the photographic process. I graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Fine Arts and minoring in Art History. Soon after graduation, I moved to the Portland area with my husband where I worked in a corporate environment for seven years.
Missing our rural life and families, an employment opportunity for my husband arose, and we returned to the Brownsville area. I discovered the Brownsville Art Association soon after returning and picked up my camera again.
This time armed with a digital camera, having previously shot with film, I began exploring photography’s digital realm. Over the past several years, I am enjoying rediscovering my love for photography and creative processes. Living in a rural community, where I find much inspiration and beauty, I feel fortunate to be part of the Brownsville Art Association’s diverse, supportive, and thriving artists’ community.Interview
1. Full Name: Tennille Catherine McVeigh

2. What is your favorite art medium?

3. How long have you been working with that medium?
About 9 years

4. Do you expand outside your primary medium?
Art has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I was always drawing, painting, and creating. I love the tactile nature of art making, which explains why, with my digital photography, I have experimented layering beeswax over my photographs, and mounting my images on wood. As an artist, I believe practicing, or being open to different mediums and processes, can only enhance how you experience and make art.

5. Where do you find inspiration for your art?
Nature. Patterns. Color. Light. The unexpected. My work is inspired by the small details and simple beauty that surrounds us each day. I am also energized by other artists’ work.

6. What is the best part of being an artist?
I enjoy creating something eye-catching from what normally would not get a second glance. To make visible the beauty in the mundane and seemingly ordinary objects.

7. What is the hardest part of being an artist?
Negotiating the business aspect of art-making was a challenge, initially.

8. How and where do you sell/present your art?
Currently, I sell my work at the Brownsville Art Center. I am available for portrait work as well, including senior and family portraits.

9. Who supported you in the time you decided to become an artist?
My husband has long encouraged me to follow my creative endeavors. I can’t imagine my journey without his encouragement and support.

10. What advice do you have for beginning artists?
Don’t second guess yourself. Talk to other artists. Experiment. Continue to learn and be confident in your abilities.


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