PRESIDENT 2022: Dee Falls
Dee served as president in 2003 and also show chairman in 2001-2002. Dee has painted for over 25 years, establishing herself in juried competitions across the country. Dee was the featured artist in the June/July 2019 issue of Hoover’s Magazine. She is an active member and currently on the board of Alabama Plein Air Artists.
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PRESIDENT ELECT: Cathy Bowen Phares
Cathy has been a member of MBAA since 2011, serving as VP Membership for 2 years. Selling professionally since 2006, Cathy is a self-taught artist whose greatest influence is her father who was a portrait painter. Her style is described as a fluid oil painter of landscapes and seascapes.
Facebook and Instagram: Cathy Phares Art
PAST PRESIDENT: Charlotte McDavid
A very early member of MBAA, Charlotte has served twice as president, a couple times as show chair, and club treasurer. Charlotte has BA in history. When her children were out of school, she found time to learn watercolor and has since studied with many nationally known artists. Charlotte is very active in Alabama Plein Air Artists. An award-winning watercolorist, Charlotte has achieved Signature Bronze status in the Watercolor Society of Alabama.
SR MEMBER AT LARGE: Sara Crook
Sara served as Show Chairman in 2013. She works primarily in oils. She trained under the tutelage of master artist John Lonergan. Always trying new techniques and expanding her knowledge of painting, her subject matter varies from landscapes, to still lifes, to whimsical flowers.
CO-VP MEMBERSHIP: Lynn Briggs
Lynn is a past president, serving in 2009 , Show Chairman in 2013, Parliamentarian 2012. She grew up in Mountain Brook and was a teacher of early childhood education and elementary Education before leaving teaching in 1983 for a busy family. She has become an award-winning watercolorist in traditional style. Colorful, detailed scenes of quaint houses, sheep, florals.
CO-VP MEMBERSHIP: Susan Johnsey
Past club editor, Susan is a self-taught artist and has studied with Ron Lewis & nationally known artist John Cosby. She is a math teacher/tutor by profession. Susan is analytical and logical but enjoys using the other side of her brain to be creative and inventive. She is active in the Plein Air Painters of Alabama. Susan has traveled in her motorhome to study with nationally recognized artists as far as California or closer to home in North Carolina.
VP PROGRAMS: Gayle Dunn Hurley
Gayle served as president in 2007-2009, Show Chairman in 2005 and 2012 and currently is Senior Member-at-Large. She was the creator of our first holiday show, introduced us to email and to our first website. Gayle has been a successful, full-time portrait artist for many years (in watercolor, oil, charcoal) but is focused now on landscape, still life, figures, and abstracts.
TREASURER: Sue Nuby
Sue Nuby began drawing with her favorite purple crayon and remembers receiving a bright red “F” after coloring her frog purple in elementary school. Sue’s self-taught art education is late blooming (she began painting in her fifties) and she feels honored to have taken classes from or painted with many MBAA members. Sue considers herself the perennial student and “painting from life” the greatest teacher. She paints primarily in oils but is always excited to try something new. Sue is also a member of the Alabama Plein Air Artists. Sue joined MBAA in 2015.
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CORRESPONDING SECRETARY: Susan Wingo Beck
A member since 1994, Susan paints in oils, mostly realistic landscapes. She has enjoyed painting outdoors, en plein air, for over 25 years.
RECORDING SECRETARY: Beverley Phillips
Beverley retired from teaching Spanish in 2014 and has exhibited at our holiday shows. She is a representational painter in oils. Her style captures an inner glow of her subjects. Her frequent subjects are animals and florals.