October Newsletter






In the Gallery: Mary Davies Kerns

If you haven’t come in yet to see this beautiful show from this Rancher/Artist, you better get in before the end of the month!

Home for the Holidays Art Market &
Festival of Trees

Want to display your art at the BAA Holiday Market? Contact Barbara Andersen, 503-709-8347, bjandersenpdx@aol.com, for information on acquiring a table. Don’t forget, there are also some volunteer positions available like Santa Wrangler… contact Barbara if you are interested in helping out!

December 2nd is not only the day for the Holiday Market, but also the Festival of Trees throughout Brownsville. This year, BAA’s theme is “Cookie Christmas.” If you are interested in helping out with decorating, come to the BAA Board Meeting on October 26th or reply to this email!


First Tuesday Figure Drawing

with Rhoda Fleischman
October 3
6:30pm to 8:30pm

Free to join! Every first Tuesday of the month!

Tuesday Open Art

October 10
6:30pm to 9:00pm

Bring your project and work among other artists!

Writing Workshop #1:
Creating Characters

Special Speaker: Lori McNulty
October 14
10:00am to 2:00pm

Tuesday Night Open Art

October 17
6:30pm to 9:00pm

Come join in the fun!

Writing Workshop #2:
Designing a Plot

Special Speaker: Arch Drinnen
October 20
5:00pm to 8:00pm

Tuesday Night Open Art

October 24
6:30pm to 9:00pm

Come have a chat & do some art!

Writing Workshop #3:
Creating a Fictional World

Special Speakers: Grace Castle & Don Lyon
October 25
6:00pm to 9:00pm

BAA Board Meeting

October 26

Want to help out with the Home for the Holidays Art Market? Come find out more about it at this meeting!

Christmas Tag Workshop

with Chris Seale
October 28
9:30am to 1:00pm

Sign up at the Art Center now to hold your spot! All materials provided, class max 10.

Tuesday Night Open Art

October 31
6:30pm to 9:00pm

Happy Halloween!

Coming Soon!

Salla Bag Workshop – November 4 & 5 – $130
Registration Form & Poster
Felted Ornaments – November 11
NaNoWriMo Write-Ins – Nov. 1, 6, 13, 27, 30 – Free

October Featured Artist

Gian Mercurio

I was born in Washington, D.C., so my introduction to art was going to the National Gallery with my mother and grandmother (who was a successful oil painter).

In Florida, I drew seascapes and lighthouses. In college, I did extensive botanical drawings.

I taught at the University of Florida and Oregon State University, before going to work for the National Marine Fisheries Service on Japanese and Taiwanese fishing vessels in Alaska.

I met my husband in Anchorage, where we had an African art gallery. We became National Park rangers in Mesa Verde, Everglades and Hawai’i Volcanoes and have travelled in many countries visiting national parks.

When we moved to Brownsville, we had a beautiful art gallery here for a short time. We now write guidebooks for national parks and monuments in the Southwest.

1. Full Name. Gian Mercurio

2. What is your favorite art medium?
Watercolors, colored pencil, graphite, pen & ink

3. How long have you been working with that medium?
For about ten years

4. Do you expand outside of your primary medium? Why or why not?
I have tried acrylics, but since I work in so many media, I don’t really need to try more.

5. Where do you find inspiration for your art?
From art museums in many countries…Van Gogh, Chinese and Japanese art (Hiroshige), Georgia O’Keefe, and the other artists in the Brownsville Art Association.

6. What is the best part of being an artist?
Going into other parts of your brain that you don’t usually visit.

7. What is the hardest part of being an artist?
Doing the framing and matting. Thinking my work isn’t good enough.

8. How and where do you sell/present your art?
I am a writer, not a professional artist, so BAA is where you can see my art.

9. Who supported you during the time you decided to become an artist?
My husband, Max, has always supported me and seen to it that I take the time to do art. The Tuesday night art group (Sara, Joni, Barbara, Mandy, Elizabeth, Cheryl, Shavonne) has taught me and encouraged me to continue on. The Sketchbook Club was inspiring. As for financially, I have a day job.

10. What advice do you have for beginning artists?
Don’t get discouraged. If you reach a point where you don’t like what you are working on, put it down, walk away or work on something else. Sometimes it takes a month or more to see with new eyes. Listen to other artists. Don’t take critiquing personally. Take classes. Keep a sketchbook.

11. Anything else you would like to say?
Just thanks to all the Brownsville artists (who are incredibly talented) who have kept me going.



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