October 2016 Newsletter

Many things to celebrate this October!

In the Gallery for October

A lot of exciting things going on this month in the gallery, with our main display showing off the work from artists in Rhoda’s First Tuesday figure drawing group! It’s a very fun display, so be sure to come in this month and take a look!

Arbor Day Art Exhibit

The Brownsville Art Center will be putting up a special display in the Gallery to showcase tree-related artwork in honor of Arbor Day. There will be a refreshments at the Art Center on October 15th, 10am to 12pm, during the City of Brownsville’s Dedication.

Do you have some tree artwork you would like to display? Bring it into the Art Center before October 12th.

Want to create some tree-related artwork? Rhoda Fleishman’s Tuesday Night Class (October 11th, 6:30p – 8:30p) will be creating tree-related artwork, and The Sketchbook Club (Friday, October 14th, 6p – 8p) will also be creating tree art.

Be sure to come by for the event, and check out the charms you can get for visiting the special trees of Brownsville!

Upcoming Events:

In the Gallery Next Month:
Art & Fine Craft Holiday Show

Next month, join the BAA in displaying your art for the Holiday Show, which will be up during the months of November and December. If you haven’t been in touch with Lori about being in the show, get a hold of her as soon as you can!

2nd Annual ‘Home for the Holidays’ Art Market

Join us during the Festival of the Trees on December 3, 2016 at the Art Center and upstairs in the Community Room. We have 12 6′ tables available and room out front for 2 10X10 tents. As we did for the Stand By Me Market, tables will be $30.0 for non members and the tent spaces $40.00 for non members. Non Members will handle their own sales, members will run their sales through the gallery host and pay the usual 20%.

Applications are available from the Market Coordinator, Barbara Andersen, bjandersenpdx@aol.com, or paper copies are available at the Art Center. Call Barbara for more information…503-709-8347. Tables available on a first come, first served basis. If you know an artist who may be interested, send them the info.

October Calendar


Tuesday Open Studio TREES!
October 11
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Silk Painting Workshop
Jean Lawrence
October 13 & 14
Sketchbook Club TREES!
October 14
6pm to 8pm
Arbor Day Dedication
October 15
10am to 12pm
Tuesday Open Studio
October 18
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday Open Studio
October 25
6:30pm to 8:30pm

Featured Artist



Shavonne is a freelance designer and artist, creating a range of art from technical drawings of bags and logo designs for golf discs to commissions from friends for tattoo art. She has been drawing since she was 5, and after nearly finishing her degree in Exercise & Sport Science, she decided to go for a degree in Apparel Design at Oregon State, and graduated with both in 2012.

She co-teaches with her sisters at the Art Center, teaching children how to draw animals in the summer, and organizing the all ages drawing group at the Sketchbook Club.

Shavonne has recently started silk painting, and will be launching an online comic next year.

1. Full Name: Shavonne Schumacher

2. What is your favorite art medium?
Currently, my favorite medium is dip ink and markers… the expensive ones! Though if you have seen my artwork at the Art Center, you probably remember me for clothing design.

3. How long have you been working with that medium?
I got introduced to Copic Markers when I started studying Apparel Design in 2009 at OSU. (That is also where I learned to sew and design clothes).

4. Do you expand outside of your primary medium? Why or why not?
Yes! Trying new things always seems to inspire me to expand my range of art.

5. Where do you find inspiration for your art?
Everywhere! If I am ever searching for inspiration, I tend to browse my favorite artists online (DeviantArt.com is a great place) or look through art books (especially fairytale or mythology art, it’s one of my favorites!)

6. What is the best part of being an artist?
The best part of being an artist is slowing down and seeing the world in a different way. When I visit new places, I like to record my trip by drawing something on site, and in doing so I remember the place more vividly, and notice things that would have gone unnoticed. Not to mention, it helps me get introduced to new people!

7. What is the hardest part of being an artist?
The hardest part for me personally as an artist is staying focused on one type of art. I think the hardest part of being an artist in general is being okay with having okay art, and continuing to push forward to see your art improve.

8. How and where do you sell/present your art?
I have been sharing my art online for years, and have had some commissions come from that. I have been working on having a more physical display of my artwork at the Brownsville Art Center and the Markets they have hosted.

9. Who supported you during the time you decided to become an artist?
I started drawing around age 5 and was encouraged by my parents to keep drawing and to pursue it professionally. It certainly helped my art to be bored waiting at my mom’s office and to really have nothing better to do than draw!

10. What advice do you have for beginning artists?
Buy a sketchbook and fill it up. Then buy another one. So many people believe that being good at art is a talent you are born with, but really all it takes is lots of practice. So even if it’s ugly now, keep practicing!

11. Anything else to say?
If you are on Facebook and enjoy seeing random daily sketches, check out my page here: facebook.com/shavonneschu


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