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Adult Arts Classes

Abstract Painting: A Two-Day Master Class with Ann DerGara
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New Dates - New Registration Fee

Join internationally acclaimed artist Ann DerGara for a 3-day abstract painting Master Class designed to explore your creativity. The class will focus on the importance of underpainting, texture, composition, and breaking up space in an abstract. Ann will also discuss fundamentals of design, as well as color theory, and the relation of both to compositional development. This Master Class will consist of discussions, demonstrations, exercises, critiques, and individual attention. 

Dates/Time: September 29, 30, (Thursday - Friday); 10am-4pm

Class Location: Transylvania Community Arts Council, 349 South Caldwell Street, Brevard


Who Should Attend: This Master Class is intended for students with a good foundation of drawing and painting experience.

Maximum Class Size: 14 students

Materials: A list of materials will be provided upon registration.

Registration Fee/Registration: $300. Click here to register.

About Ann:  The enthusiasm with which Ann DerGara approaches her art is a lifelong passion. Born to Norwegian-German parents who recognized and nurtured her creative abilities, the Greenville, South Carolina native sold her first painting at the age of 13, five years prior to beginning her formal education at Georgia State University.

In 1978, a printmaking course at Atlanta College of Art led her to Dick Williams and the innovative and contemporary Odyssey Studio. Ann pursued the etching and the collagraph, later the serigraph, and in 1990 began monoprinting. Her mastery of the art of printmaking is described as remarkable. Yet, painting remains Ann’s first love, and a vibrant testament to her profound talent. Santiago Leon of ARTEFINO speaks for many admirers that Ann’s work is typical of an artist assured of her own talent: it is unconstrained, blending great skill and maturity with the free spirit of a child.

Ann is intent on achieving the original, the unique, the different – but only as it celebrates what is positive and beautiful. Her brilliant use of color expresses her passionate respect for the harmony of nature, a recurring theme is a body of work that continues to bring her growing international acclaim.

For decades, Ann’s work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and internationally. Her work hangs in prestigious collections around the world, including inside a U.S. embassy, the German Senate Hall, and museums in France and Russia, to name just a few.

Ann resides in the mountains of Brevard, North Carolina, where she owns and operates Red Wolf Gallery. Ann also developed the Brevard Sculpture Walk and has been instrumental in making Brevard an “arts destination.”

To learn more about Ann, visit


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