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Images from our meetings. 



The July 8  meeting was held at the Flowering Bridge. Amy brought 5 x 7 canvases attached to a stick
for easy holding so we could all paint scenes on the Bridge. We got our paper plates with our
selected paints and wandered off to paint. Then something magical happened. First a couple
celebrating their 60th anniversary began talking to us and they were invited to get a canvas and
paint. She had a wonderful time, while her husband Cliff (he’s in the background) took photos.
She said it was the best anniversary memory ever!

Then a mother and little boy came along and he was invited to paint. Everyone complimented his lovely greens! It just went viral from there. Before we knew it, there were people all over the Bridge painting. What an amazing site! I expect to get more photos because other people were taking
them, too.

Amy wrote: Thank you so much ladies for all your time and resources to make L LA today so
successful! Beautiful place, lots of good energy and people, and beautiful art! Thank you thank
you thank you!💕💙💚

June 24, 2021 Meeting Notes

Sixteen of your friends met in Tryon at the  Tryon Painters and Sculptors Gallery for our meeting and to tour the other galleries in Tryon.  TPS President Nancy Holland met with the group and explained about their membership, shows, and upcoming classes and events.  Six of our members joined TPS and several of us were already members.   For information on the gallery's shows and classes, visit their website at     

Barbara brought us information on COTA,  the 2021 Celebration of the Arts taking place Oct 7-13 at the Foundation Performing Arts Center in Spindale on the ICC Campus.   Click here for information.   This is open to all and it promises to be a great show again this year.      COTA 2021

Don't forget about the bears for the Flowering Bridge.

Moe got several donations for the Paws for Cause .  Mark your calendars to attend Paws for the Cause on September 22, 2021 at the Riverside Event Center from 5 - 9 pm to benefit the stray, unwanted, neglected and foster animals in our area. Guests will enjoy a paws-itively fabulous evening of food and cocktails and have the oppawtunity to bid on silent auction items, enter into raffles and pledge for the cause.   Tickets go on sale July and there is a very limited number, so stop by Lil’s Thrift Shop which is located across from the Apple Valley golf course in Lake Lure to get your tickets.  

Link to donation form       and      Information  

The June 10 meeting was held at the Church Parish Hall. Susan brought rocks and lots of paints and brushes.  Nine of your friends gathered to make Fairy Houses.    

Check the website for the meeting and hanging schedules.  

LLA Notes May 27, 2021

The Bills Vista Lake Lure Artists and friends hosted an elegant demonstration of Edible Arts with a gorgeous backdrop of mountains, sky and clouds.  There were 21 present.  Laura K presented her organized and beautiful demonstration with a humor, graciousness, and ease that made her look like a pro! Her roots in the love of baking (and some great recipes!) came from her grandmothers, one in the city and one in the country, best of both worlds!  She shared her knowledge of tools, techniques, and ingredients to create exquisite creations of flowers and designs on cakes and cookies.  She said you could also incorporate real flowers if they weren’t poisonous.  Yanna quipped “Depends on who you are serving it to.”  Laura said she doesn’t follow a recipe for her icing but goes by what feels right, probably like an artist with paints.  Several members decorated their own confections with the materials made available for the hands on portion of the presentation.   Art from the Bills Vista artists filled the room for a visual deliciousness as we enjoyed the beautiful and yummy refreshments!  A huge thank you goes out to Bills Vista for allowing us to host at their beautiful facility and to the ladies whose generous time and talents made this such a memorable occasion.  

Lake Lure Artists Meeting Notes       

May 13, 2021


  1. Attendees: Deborah, Amy, Emmy, Susan, Charlene, Julie S, Julie M, Jennifer, Kathy, and Laura 


  1. Meeting Location: Deborah led the meeting at the Episcopal Church of Transfiguration in Bat Cave. 


  1. Art News:

  • Hanging Schedule at the Library (Case/Easel): Deborah currently has her paintings showcased.  Lori is coordinating the easel and glass case at the Library. If you have items you would like to showcase, contact her to confirm a date for your showing.

  • Bears for the Bridge: Amy distributed wooden bear cutouts she created and primed.  Artists took the bears to pain for the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge.  Amy asked that everyone return the bears by 9/1/21. She has additional bears so if you want one and were unable to pick one up at the meeting, just give her a call.  The bears will be placed throughout the Flowering Bridge in September and then will be auctioned off to raise money to support the bridge.

  • Lake Lure Artists Show and Sale: Amy reminded everyone of the art show which will be held on Saturday, 11/6/21 at the Lake Lure Community Hall, 2948 Memorial Highway. Artists can set up Friday, 11/5/21 and the show and sale will begin Saturday morning. 


  1. Pastel Tutorial: Deborah gave an amazing overview of art using pastels and shared the following information:

  • She began by sharing her technique for setting up the easel.  She generally places her easel straight up and leaning slightly forward so the pastel dust falls to the floor, rather than settling on the canvas. She recommended having a drop cloth or a rug on the floor to catch the dust as it falls.

  • She uses a padded backboard and clips her canvas onto the board.

  • Before she paints, she sketches her painting on a separate sheet, using the desired size that will be shown within the size of the mat.

  • She sometimes traces the sketch on transfer paper and then transfers the sketch onto her canvas.

  • Deborah shared that there are several benefits of using pastels.  You can begin your project anytime and stop and restart anytime as the pastel medium does not require any preparation or special care. Additionally, pastels do not yellow or crack and the color is always true.  She likes the fact that pastels are an opaque medium so you can work light over dark or vice versa.

  • The only disadvantage she has found with pastels is that they create dust and can be messy and they have to be framed and covered with glass for protection, which can be expensive.

  • She mentioned that a microfiber cloth could be used to remove color, if needed. Also a razor blade or a stiff brush could be used to scrap off color, if necessary.

  • A tortillion can be used for blending colors.

  • Deborah explained that plain sketch paper could be used but she prefers to use paper with a little tooth.  She mentioned that Toulouse-Lautrec used pastels on cardboard.

  • Most papers today are acid free. Some paper options frequently used are sanded paper or suede paper and they come in a wide variety of colors.

  • Deborah demonstrated the use of various types of pastels including hard, semi-soft, soft and pan pastels.

  • She explained the color palette available in most brands of pastels.

  • Deborah shared that alcohol could be used for underpainting and that fixatives could be used to set the color and preserve the art. The fixative slightly darkens the color and once applied, you can build or work over that section of the piece if desired.

  • Everyone appreciated the detailed session and Deborah shared several pieces she created so everyone could see the various techniques. Bravo Deborah!


  1. Refreshments: The group enjoyed some warm apple crumb cake and enjoyed conversation before departing.


  1. Future Meeting Schedule:

  • 5/27/21: Hosted by Laura, Marlene, Julie, Jean at Bill’s Mountain Clubhouse (Edible Art)

  • 6/10/21: Hosted by Susan (Painting Fairy Rocks)

  • 6/24/21: Hosted by Lori (Eco-dying)

Meeting Notes for April 22   Click here.   

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