The Brownwood Art Association has extended viewing times for the People Painter's art exhibit currently showing at the Art Center at 215 Fisk.
The public is invited to view the exhibit free of charge this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22-22, from 1-3 p.m. and next weekend, Nov. 28-29, also from 1-3pm. This will be the last chance to see this unique exhibit by some of the most talented Brownwood artists, past and present.
The People Painters originated with the late Maureen Stewart, long-time chair of the art department at Howard Payne University. In 1980, Stewart organized a weeklong workshop she called “People Painters,” where participants, each using his or her medium of choice, painted portraits of live models. The format was so popular that members decided to continue meeting after the workshop concluded.
It is probably safe to say that Stewart never imagined that, thirty-four years later, local artists, some of whom were in the original group, would still be meeting weekly to paint portraits of volunteer models from the community.
Local artists Brenda Shaw and Martha Middleton are two of the early members who still paint with the group today. Others involved originally were Mary Cadenhead, Claudia Stubblefield, Rita Bettis, and Sue Thierman, in addition to, of course, Stewart. Ima Gem Queen and Bernice Jones were also early participants.