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Painting in a Twist

FPC member, deacon and artist Beverly Dennis will host a four-week Zoom class, “Painting in a Twist,” for all ages during the month of February. The class is purely for fun and noncredit.

 Recognizing that most of 2020 has been a “twisted” version of what life was in the past, and that–in Winston Churchill’s words, “Painting is a companion with whom one may walk a great part of life’s journey”–FPC will embrace both the twist and painting for a month.

Beverly will instruct the four sessions of the class at 7 p.m. each Thursday beginning February 4. Watch for a link in the church weekly email to a web page where you can register. There is no charge for the class. Two sessions will have participants painting a still life, and two classes will focus on painting a landscape. She will use oils but will help participants with watercolor and acrylic. Each session also will include compositional studies.

February 4, 11, 18, 25 @ 7PM via Zoom

Supplies Needed: – If you are looking for a relatively inexpensive set of oil paints, I recommend this starter set at Michael’s. About $35, they also have specials on canvas, paper, etc.

  • PAINT – Oil, watercolors, or acrylic (If you have paints already, that will do.
  • MEDIUM & CLEANER -Beverly uses linseed oil and odorless mineral spirits
  • SUPPORT – what you will paint on… paper, canvas, etc.
  • BRUSHES – An inexpensive set of small brushes. (Nothing bigger than 1” wide, several about 1/2 and 1/4 and very small).
  • Tons of Paper Towels!
Beverly Dennis

Beverly is a former college art educator whose contemporary landscapes are found in collections from the South to the West Coast. She is affiliated with the Carol Robinson Gallery in New Orleans and the Gallery off the Square in Georgetown.     

The Georgetown gallery is a co-op formed by artists in Central Texas who create art. It’s located less than two blocks from our church, in the Framers Gallery shop at 610 Main Street, next door to Laurie’s café.  Beverly recently became a member of the co-op, which features oil paintings, sculpture, photography, pottery and watercolors. Each artist has a wall with his or her work displayed. 

This past June Beverly was the featured artist of The Creative Arts Society, an Austin-based nonprofit arts organization that promotes the development of the “Artist in Everyone.”

Beverly earned a B.A. degree at Southern Methodist University, a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting at Ole Miss, and a Master of Art Education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. She was an instructor at Ole Miss before teaching at a community college in Mississippi.

Beverly’s landscapes are in both oil and acrylic. She talks about influences on her work: “I am fascinated by space–by color, by line and shape. I am delighted by evidence of all of these. A painting is the perfect meeting point. The vastness of space that encloses us or invites us into intimacy. The color that changes and reveals. Light that focuses or obscures. The painting is that device that transforms ‘reverie into reality and vice versa.’ The painting tells me more about you than you know.”            She adds, “My experience of Texas landscape is still forming. It is grand and wide open. The media I chose has been oil, but even that is changing as I work through some acrylic compositions. That being said, I should probably add the ‘sense of place’ is quickly becoming Texas.”

If you would like to register to attend, please complete the following form. The Zoom link will be sent before the first session.