2011 Artists

2011 Artists: Kathy Brusnighan, Jean Smith, Karen Newman Fridy, Phyllis Sharpe, Tom Edgerton, Scott Harris, Carol Hamlin, Vicki Johnson, Carol Meetz-Moates, Connie Logan, Jeanne Twilley, Alice Bachman,Rose Wenkle, Beverly Smith Wilson, Amos Westmoreland, Ron Curlee

2015 Artists: Kathy Brusnighan, Jean Smith, Phyllis, Karen newman Fridy, Vicki Johnson, Carol Meetz-Moates, Amos Westmoreland, Amy Cruz, Karl Fletcher, Nicci Mellor, Grace Carol Bomer, Pattie Anne Hale, Karen Shelton, Jeremy Sams, Sally Lambrecht, Wayne Epperly, Chip Bristol, Lee O'Hare, Sheila Williams, Carrie Bennett, Kathy Ammon

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Courage II-launched!

Isn't it amazing to watch a single "yes" turn into 4 years of adventure?!

The second Courage exhibit was launched in May of this year with a small 24 piece exhibit at the Yadkin Cultural Center in Yadkinville, NC and then moved to the Center for Creative leadership where most the 67 piece exhibit is on display. When the exhibit opened, we again broke all attendance records for a show in this space!  It has been well received and several of the pieces have already sold at this location.  The exhibit will be removed in November and we will then start on our next adventure!

The exhibit will be displayed in the month of December at the new Gallery 320 in
Greensboro, NC.  The new location, 421 W. Smith Street, will open its doors with this exhibit on December 11th with refreshments, music and a invitation to the community to come in and enjoy excellence for the evening!

I could not bear to see the exhibit stored for the month of December, and since this whole adventure started by showing a few pieces of art at a local hospital in December of 2011, it is only right that this expanded expression of art be on display!


 Please check us out on facebook to know what we are doing, where the exhibit is showing and how you can be a part of the adventure! 
I hope you will join the blog and help us get the word out!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A New Perspective

Its been a long time...life runs fast and runs away with the childlike wonder of the every day miracles....and I have to grab my world by the throat and demand stillness to come back into my day....Isn't that funny and disturbing at the same time? knowing that I have to make a demand on my soul to pay attention to the stillness?! 

Life gets so cluttered with the lies of the day: what has to be taken care of, what is most important, and what is expected..... Life demands that we keep moving forward and pick up the pieces that seem to be laying all over the floor of daily life and no one seems to see them or care about picking them up and so the "shoulds" of life, say "here, grab this and keep moving forward" .....

This is one of the biggest stumbling blocks of the day...those of us that seem to want it all "right" , step over into something that is not ours at all and we become carriers of strife, resentment and weariness.  All of the negative weight begins to pull us down into the ocean of fear and bitterness and we go down for the count.  We have fallen into the trap that was set. All is lost.  Or is it??????

Life is a school, a daily school, that is filled with obvious lessons and the not so obvious-deep life changing lessons- that can surface in the stillness and save us from the destruction of the ocean we have fallen in to. 

The beautiful stillness, the child like wonder of just being, that can only be found when we choose it, is the reset button of life! Perspective!! Perspective is changed in stillness!!!

When I look at the picture above, it reminds me that perspective is everything!  Why look at the world straight on..-the obvious_..like the everyday masses see it......but laying on your back, looking up at the situation can give you a completely new perspective!

I love to turn on my music and just lay down on the couch, or even better, the floor and still my mind.  When I am in the habit of stillness, my heart and mind can align with the quiet of my creator and bring me into a new perspective quickly.....when I have been running hard and listening to life, the ability to find stillness is so much harder...........BUT! it is the Father's desire to meet us and give us the right perspective so it is worth it!

What do you see? When i look at the pictures, the first thing I see is vunerability! Having to place myself in a position that takes a lot of trust!
And Welcome the view that is not my norm!

Welcome a perspective that is only experienced in stillness, venerability, and teachability! 
I can't learn from this perspective if I hold on to my own views!

I am needing a new perspective today, a new understanding of life and love, what is important to my Heavenly Father and what He wants me to see today......I am sure it has more love and more compassion that I am currently carrying around and lots of rhythm and joy with creation......It sounds much more pleasant than what life wants me to carry..................I think the Father's perspective is worth the effort today............Here I come Father....give me your view on today...........

Thursday, November 1, 2012

We are heading into the final weeks of the "How do you paint Courage?" exhibit , and it has been such an amazing ride.  It is a bit sad to see the show taken down, but there is also an excitement about what is to come.  Every venue has asked the exhibit to return and I know that we can touch so many people by doing this again. 

I am praying, listening, asking what comes next....and I am ready to sit down with a big cup of appreciation and hear the thoughts of my friends that walked this journey with me....where do
we go? and what does it look like?  It is good to think out of the box and be willing to do something
different, out of the ordinary, innovative........time to clear the head and heart and ask the Father what He has in mind.....I know its going to be great!


Thursday, August 23, 2012

The article in the News and Record

What a wonderful article! I am so thankful to Amy for spending her afternoon with me and hearing the story....What a beautiful job she has done on writing the story!

Painting courage

"Warrior," by Vicki Johnson is on view through Nov. 29 as part of the exhibition "How do you paint courage?" at The Center for Creative Leadership.
"Warrior," by Vicki Johnson is on view through Nov. 29 as part of the exhibition "How do you paint courage?" at The Center for Creative Leadership. Credit: Jerry Wolford/News & Record

Want to go?

What: “How Do You Paint Courage?” art exhibition opening reception
When: Opening reception 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 31. Exhibit is on view through Nov. 29 and can be seen by appointment
Where: Center for Creative Leadership, One Leadership Place, Greensboro
Admission: Free
Info: artwpurpose.blogspot.com
Etc.: Call Laura Gibson at 510-0975 to schedule an appointment to see the exhibit.
(updated 9:13 am)
— The phone call came, as so many life-changing ones do, on an ordinary day.
Kathy Brusnighan answered. The woman on the other end was calling from Moses Cone Hospital.
“I’m scared to death,” the woman told Brusnighan. “But I’m standing here in front of your piece, and I know I’m going to be all right.”
The caller was a patient, awaiting a diagnostic procedure that could change the course of her life. But in those few moments between before and after, she had seen Brusnighan’s artwork in a hospital hallway and felt compelled to call the artist.
When Brusnighan agreed to exhibit a few of her paintings at Moses Cone, in the corridor between X-ray and procedure, she hoped she might be able to uplift some patients and their families during uncertain and painful times.
She purposefully chose colorful abstracts — happy, hopeful, beautiful.
What she didn’t expect was the phone call she got that day and the ones that followed.
“Those phone calls brought me to the realization that I did not want to just be a good artist,” Brusnighan said, “but I wanted to be an artist with purpose that could benefit my community and the people around me.”
• • •
The exhibit at Moses Cone inspired Brusnighan to organize a traveling show that has provided encouragement to thousands who have seen it.
What she wanted to do was to replicate the experience of the Moses Cone exhibition on a larger scale — to touch more lives but also to share the feeling of purposefulness with more artists.
“I do believe the more we give away, the more we’re given,” she said.
As she started to share her experience at Moses Cone with artist friends and gallery owners, a question emerged: “How do you paint courage?”
In September 2011, Brusnighan invited a group of artists to answer that question: If someone were to stand in front of your artwork, someone needing courage, hope and peace, what would you create that would inspire and encourage them?
Sixteen artists responded, creating 60 representations of courage.
Those works have been traveling the state to inspire people in hospitals, cancer centers, art galleries and cultural centers.
The show concludes in Greensboro at the Center for Creative Leadership, where it will be on view through Nov. 29.
This is the first time all the works have been on display in one venue, and many will be seen for the first time.
The exhibit combines abstracts and realism, portraits and landscapes, and watercolors, oils and mixed-media pieces. It includes moments of everyday courage that many people will face in a lifetime and courage in the face of challenges.
“I think it’s a reminder that we each face courage every day,” said Laura Gibson, who is the art coordinator for the Center for Creative Leadership. “It’s the life moments of courage, and it’s the life and death moments of courage.”
• • •
The works reflect different definitions of courage — courage through illness, courage through adversity, courage at different life stages and the courage of every day.
Most of the artists chose to depict courage in illness in their works.
Greensboro portrait artist Tom Edgerton painted a Winston-Salem woman who was going through breast cancer treatment and had lost all of her hair. He titled it “From Darkness to Light.”
In the portrait, she is wearing a hospital bracelet and is dressed in a rich, red silk kimono, her posture perfect and her eyes bright with possibility. She looks beautiful, regal and strong.
“When somebody is going through something that devastating, they become a hospital gown and a wristband,” Brusnighan said. But Edgerton’s portrait reminds that cancer patients are so much more than their disease. Both the subject and Edgerton wanted to communicate that a woman can maintain her dignity, beauty and courage through the ravages of cancer and its treatment.
“As an artist, I wanted to explore the complexity of the real emotion involved and see if I could capture some of that.” said Edgerton, who earlier this summer won an Award of Excellence in the Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition for the work.
“Last I communicated with her, she was putting it behind her and had recovered and had felt a lot better,” Edgerton said. “I’m just grateful that she chose to work with me.”
The three works painted by artist Jean Smith of Winston-Salem also speak to cancer.
One of her works, “Cathy’s Story,” features a young mother and her two children cuddling after bath time.
Smith discovered Cathy through a blog, where the young woman shared her ongoing journey with breast cancer. She had her first mastectomy at 26 and thought she would never realize her dream of having children, but she did, only to discover the cancer had recurred.
“She was really hopeful, and she seemed to be positive and wanting to share her story because she wanted other ladies to get serious about getting checked,” Smith said.
When Smith reached out to Cathy, who lives in South Africa, and asked if she could paint her portrait, the young mother agreed and sent several photos with her children.
The portrait has moved at least one person to tears.
“This is what I think art should be,” Smith said. “It should draw emotion and do some healing, and to make a difference.”
• • •
If there was one thing Brusnighan hopes to accomplish with her art, it is to make a difference.
With “Courage,” she sought to uplift and to encourage, and challenged the others artists to create works of hopefulness and grace.
“I want something that lasts for an eternity,” said Brusnighan, who often explores and expresses her spirituality through her artwork. She believes that if she can touch someone or show a glimpse of God through her art, she has achieved that goal.
“I think art is very healing,” she said. “I think it’s part of capturing the beauty of the moment.”
Brusnighan is a self-taught artist, who describes herself as both a butterfly and a pied piper. Both descriptions reflect her self-awareness. She does have the personality of a butterfly, fluttering from one thing to another. She is always busy, always in motion, always working out a new idea, always talking things through.
“Courage” was the first time she had created and curated a show of this sort, and she found it challenged her as a teacher and coach to work with other artists in this way.
“I’ve really stretched them,” she said. “I had to learn that what came easy for me did not come easy for others in my sphere.”
For some artists, participating in the show also helped them realize their own courageous moments in life. Such was the case for artist Jean Smith, who had to be a single mother raising four kids. Her painting, “Winter Haircut,” a self-portrait of Smith giving her son a haircut, captures that time of her life.
At the time, Smith didn’t think of herself as courageous.
“I thought I’ve got to do this because I have kids and they need me and they need stability in their life,” she said. “Sometimes you’re doing stuff that you thought you never could do.”
That is courage.
Contact Amy Joyner at amyjoyn@bellsouth.net

Friday, August 10, 2012

The Last Venue

Hi All!

It seems like forever since I have been able to post, but so much is happening!  We have opened the new Gallery 320 at CenterCityChurch and that was such a success.  The Courage exhibit has been moved to the final venue which is the Center for Creative Leadership here in Greensboro.
As many of you know, the final exhibit has additional pieces added and will total 57 beautiful pieces of art. I have been there twice and the show is stunning.  Such an amazing group of artists and the thread that runs thru the entire show is obvious.

I am hoping that many will come and see this beautiful exhibit before it comes down in November. The opening is Aug. 31st from 5-7pm and after that it will be seen by appointment.
Now, do we plan for a new show? every venue has asked us to do this again....what do you think?

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Amazing Honor!

Congratulations Tom Edgerton!

Tom, a part of the "How do you paint Courage?" exhibit has been awarded 
Portrait Society of America's
14th Annual

International Portrait Competition

Exhibit May 24 27, 2012 ♦ Philadelphia, PA

Click here for information on The Art of the Portrait Conference


Tom's painting is on display at the Yadkin Cultural Center now through July 7th.
It is a beautiful piece and we would love for you to see it!

Yadkin Cultural Center

Thanks to an amazing group of faithful friends, my life and my deadlines are always met. 
Heading into this new venue, new cards had to be made, lots of art had to be delivered...
along with 11 new pieces added to the show.  Phyllis Sharpe, Vicki Johnson, Jean Smith
and Karen Fridy all stepped up and made the trip doable......Amos Westmoreland was a
champ and showed up also with new works that just steal your heart...so all in all it was a great
day!  Wow, what would art be without friends to share it with!

Yadkin Cultural Center is so beautiful and full of light!  The exhibit was beautifully hung and
ready for the city. The food and wine flowed and the people came ...and stayed.....they walked
and read the statements...some cried...it was our first time to really be in the midst of reactions..
and it was awesome.


To be able to watch and talk with people as they absorbed the work made it all worthwhile.
Watching the artists talking about the experience was touching. I think the artists that have
been able to really follow the show and be in the middle of it have really drawn some wonderful
revelations from the experience. As artists, that is a wonderful growing tool and I look forward to seeing what comes of this.

I am looking forward to seeing the exhibit, once and for all, complete...something that we have not
experienced yet, but will see in August when the exhibit opens in Greensboro.  That too, will be a night that I look forward to drinking in.

But for now, I am drinking in friendship, hard work and commitment from a band of artists that walk very closely to me and to this exhibit.....they have made it their own and that makes the thought of doing this again very positive!

It is a great gift to be an artist. It is a great gift to have friends.  To have both intertwined....such a treasure!