Still Life Workshop With Betty Nance Smith Saturday

‘Clemetines and Blue’ by Betty Nance Smith. Courtesy/FLAC
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Take advantage of a rare opportunity to explore still life in oils with renowned local artist Betty Nance Smith 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 15 at Fuller Lodge Art Center.

This class is designed for students with some experience in oil painting. In the morning Smith will demonstrate the techniques she has developed to create certain effects. Throughout the afternoon students will paint as Smith provides individual instruction and critique.

Painting by Betty Nance Smith. Courtesy/

Smith shares her philosophy on her website

 “Painting has evolved for me from a talent to be used to a gift to be shared,” Smith writes. “The very act of painting is a God given gift that spurs me to work hard. Each piece has the probability of making someone happy or even filled with joy and peace, from the on-lookers who go away smiling, to the person who chooses to claim the gift as their own.”

Smith’s oils have been honored in prestigious national and regional juried Oil Painters of America shows earning her signature member status. Her realistic oil still-lifes capture select arrangements with an uncanny sense of just a moment. The pieces seem timeless while also capturing the lighting of a passing glimpse. A commercial at the Reel Deal Theater offers her services as a commission painter, featuring a slideshow of her lovely, richly colored images.

On her Facebook page, Smith recently posted, “After taking a workshop with my talented good friend Cary Ennis, I came home and unified this painting … It was exciting to see the flowers look more alive and 3-D. Thank you Cary for the wonderful class … I never stop learning … How fun is that?”

To join the one day workshop “Exploring Still Life in Oils” call the Art Center at 505.662.1635 or stop by 2132 Central Ave., 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The cost is $65 and class size is limited to 10 students.