What a great crowd we had at our meeting last night at Oneal Library. We welcomed a few new members, and we discussed our upcoming Spring Show which will be April 30th at Mountain Brook City Hall facilitated by the Chamber of Commerce. More news about that will be forthcoming, so watch your email and social media!
We had a wonderful program featureing video interviews by Gayle Hurley (our VP Programs this year) on art marketing with well-known local artists Melanie Morris, Anita Bice, and Vicki Denaburg. We are so grateful for their generosity in sharing with us from their experiences. Be sure to watch the video (below) if you missed the meeting, (and it’s great for a refresher even if you attended!)
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. Facebook and Instagram: DeeFallsArt http://www.deefallsart.com
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 http://www.cathypharesart.com/
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. http://www.charlottemcdavid.com
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. Instagram: hurleyshopcreative http://www.gaylehurley.com
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. On Facebook and Instagram: Sue Nuby
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.
The Mountain Brook Art Association sponsors two annual shows, the Spring Festival in April, and the Holiday Show in late November or early December. All current members are eligible to exhibit based on SHOW GUIDELINES and the events are free and open to the public. Anyone living within a 25 mile radius of Mountain Brook is welcome to join.
Our association focuses on the traditional arts of two-dimensional painting and drawing. Any artist may join , but only painting, drawing and fine art collage are allowed in our annual shows.