TONIGHT: Summer Sizzlin' Sale & Party at Tyler White O'Brien Gallery


Don't miss Tyler White O'Brien Gallery's Summer Sizzlin' Sale & Party! The sale kicks off TONIGHT on Friday, August 14, 2015 from 6-8pm and will run until August 21. Come enjoy a fun evening and 25% OFF EVERYTHING in the gallery! The sale includes ALL paintings, glassware, glassware and jewelry!


Fun in the Sun at Two Beach Workshops!


I was so glad to head to the beach last week to lead two workshops at Figure Eight Island in North Carolina! These workshops were graciously organized by the owner of Tyler White O'Brien Gallery, Kathy O'Brien, and hosted at the Figure Eight Island Yacht Club. These large groups of artists enjoyed two great days of creating fun and colorful nautical paintings. The breathtaking views from the Figure Eight Yacht Club provided the perfect backdrop for creative inspiration. The panoramic windows overlooking the marsh was the ideal "art studio" for observing art demonstrations, for learning new painting techniques and for creating our very own masterpieces.


On Monday, we created a vibrant marsh scene inspired by the tranquil landscape around Figure Eight Island. Everyone developed beautiful brushwork to create movement and interest in these lovely paintings!


On Tuesday, we created a spunky blue crab dipping its claws in the ocean. While the idea of painting a crab was daunting for many in the beginning, I promised he wouldn't pinch and everyone had a fun bringing this little guy to life on the canvas! 


I feel incredibly fortunate to travel to some of the most beautiful venues in North Carolina to paint with you!

Kelley Brugh Fine Art

Grandfather Country Club Workshop Highlights


Last week, I was fortunate to catch a break from the summer heat and spend a couple days in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. My “Painting Light” workshop was held at the lovely Grandfather Country Club in Linville, North Carolina at the Art Loft. Nestled against a breathtaking mountain backdrop, an enthusiastic group of artists joined me for two days learning an exciting new method of building light driven landscape paintings. I was very impressed by the group's poignant questions and eager willingness to try new painting approaches and techniques! Over the course of the workshop, we developed skills which included successfully sketching, creating strong value based compositions, making powerful color choices and most importantly letting light drive all of the decisions in our paintings!

I want to sincerely thank each of you for taking the time out of your vacation to paint with me at the Art Loft! I certainly hope you enjoyed taking the workshop as much as I did teaching it. I also want to thank Barbara, David and Cambey for all of your time, help and generosity in making my adventure to Grandfather Country Club such a delightful one!

Next up on my summer workshop schedule are two nautical workshops at Figure Eight Island in Wilmington, North Carolina. Please join me and Tyler White O’Brien Gallery for a fun, relaxing time with good friends creating your own masterpiece! Two follow-the-leader workshops will take place at the Figure Eight Island Yacht Club on Monday, July 20 and Tuesday, July 21 from 10:00am-2:00pm. On Monday, we will paint a colorful marsh scene and on Tuesday, we will paint a fun blue crab (click here to learn more). Please note that there is no painting experience needed to take these workshops. All painting supplies are included and you will leave each workshop with a completed and framed painting. To learn more and to sign up, please click here or on the button below! 

Thank you again for a successful mountain workshop and I look forward to painting with you soon at the beach!

Kelley Brugh Fine Art

Kelley Brugh's Summer Workshop Schedule


I am delighted to let you know that there are currently several upcoming opportunities all around North Carolina for us to paint together! I am happy to offer a wide variety of summer workshops focusing on landscape, nautical and still life paintings. Click here or on each of the links below to learn more. Please note that spots in each of these workshops are limited and fill quickly so contact the venues today to reserve your spot! 

Thank you for your interest in both my artwork and workshops. I look forward to painting with you!

Kelley Brugh Fine Art

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Two Great Events Held on May 15


Thank you all for your continued support of my artwork on Friday, May 15 at Tyler White O'Brien Gallery in Greensboro, NC! 

I want to express my gratitude to each of you who joined me at my Lunch & Learn. At this special event, I arranged a vase filled with gorgeous peonies and was fortunate to paint them in my live demonstration alongside an enthusiastic and interactive group. You all were a delight to both paint and be with and I am very glad that each of you could join me!

I spent the evening at the Opening Reception of the Making Your Mark in Art Show featuring artists Debbie Kleisch, Kristen Stacy and myself. The gallery was packed with a great crowd who enjoyed a beautiful spring evening. The lovely outdoor patio bar and live music added an extra special touch to this fun event. It was a pleasure to get to meet and mingle amongst the new artwork with so many friends, family and other artists!

If you happened to miss the Lunch & Learn or Opening Reception, check out the photos below and please note that the artwork in this show will be on display until July 1! To see more photos from these events, please visit Kelley Brugh Fine Art's Facebook Page by clicking here or on the link below!  

Thank you all for a Friday to remember at Tyler White O'Brien Gallery! A big thank you to the sweet Gallery Gals for all of their time and tireless work in making these two outstanding events such a success!

Have a great and safe Memorial Day!

Kelley Brugh Fine Art


THIS Friday, May 15: Lunch & Learn and Making Your Mark in Art Show!


I would like to invite you to join me at two special events at Tyler White O'Brien Gallery this Friday, May 15, 2015! I will be the featured artist at the Lunch and Learn from 11:30am-1:00pm where you can enjoy lunch and my live painting demonstration. Call the gallery today at 336.279.1124 to reserve your spot as I really look forward to seeing you all there!

That same evening, there will be an Opening Reception for the "Making Your Mark in Art" show at Tyler White O'Brien Gallery from 6:00-8:00pm. Please drop by the fun event and enjoy my new paintings and also the artwork of two other featured gallery artists, Debbie Kleisch and Kristen Stacey. For more information and to see my new artwork included in this show, please click here!

Last week I delivered new artwork to both Shain Gallery in Charlotte, NC and Tyler White O'Brien Gallery. Please visit the galleries, their websites and click on the Artwork button below to explore the collection of my new alla prima, still life and landscape paintings.

Tyler White O'Brien Gallery's Crayons Matter Benefit 2015

Close up of 11x14 crayon and mixed media on paper artwork in progress by kelley brugh

Close up of 11x14 crayon and mixed media on paper artwork in progress by kelley brugh


I am so glad to be a part of Tyler White O'Brien Gallery's 3rd Annual Crayons Matter Show benefit event on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Tyler White O'Brien Art Gallery in Greensboro, NC! 

Crayons Matter was created in 2011 to provide needed school supplies such as crayons, paper, and backpacks to children in struggling regions of Africa. These materials help provide the basics of personal health education while inspiring the children’s strong imaginations. To learn more about Crayons Matter, click here.

It was fun to work with crayons to create my 11x14 mixed media on paper donation (see snapshot above) and it will be auctioned off at this fundraiser! It is always very rewarding when my artwork can assist others and do good in our communities, both near and far!

Kelley Brugh Fine Art

May 15, 2015: Show and Lunch & Learn at Tyler White O'Brien Gallery!

Snapshot from former Lunch & Learn featuring  Kelley Brugh  at  Tyler White O'Brien Gallery  on February 8, 2013

Snapshot from former Lunch & Learn featuring Kelley Brugh at
Tyler White O'Brien Gallery on February 8, 2013


This May I am delighted to be one of the featured artists in the show at Tyler White O'Brien Gallery! Mark you calendar for the Opening Reception for the show on Friday, May 15, 2015 from 6:00-8:00PM! This event is free and open to the public and will take place at Tyler White O'Brien Gallery located at 307 State Street, Greensboro, NC 27408.

I am also honored to be the featured artist at the Lunch & Learn again before the Opening Reception of the show! The Lunch & Learn will take place at Tyler White O'Brien Gallery on Friday, May 15 from 11:30AM-1:00PMAt this event, you will have the chance to meet, mingle and enjoy lunch as I walk us step-by-step through a live painting demonstration! More details coming soon and to sign up for the Lunch & Learn, please call 336.279.1124.

Happy spring and I hope to see you in May!

Kelley Brugh Fine Art

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"Light Driven Paintings" with Kelley Brugh


I want to thank you all for taking time out of your gorgeous day yesterday to spend it with me in Mooresville, NC! I am so appreciative of the large turnout and warm welcome from Mooresville Arts. I also want to thank Gail Black for her assistance helping to coordinate this event. In the backdrop of a neat historic train station, I demonstrated how to break down a complicated and lightless photograph and reconstruct it into a dynamic and light driven painting. In the process, I also helped everyone learn the keys to creating depth and excitement in a landscape painting.

You may click here to see a few key points from the presentation. To see more of my light driven paintings, please feel free to click here and also visit Shain Gallery and Tyler White O'Brien Gallery!

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Kelley Brugh Fine Art is on Instagram!


Happy to let you know that Kelley Brugh Fine Art is now on Instagram! For a peek behind the scenes head over to Instagram and follow by Kelley Brugh Fine Art clicking on the link below!




Mooresville Arts Features Kelley Brugh


I am delighted to announce that I will be the featured artist in March at Mooresville Arts! Mark your calendars for March 8, 2015 at 2:00PM as I will present my popular presentation, "Light Driven Paintings: Painting Light Instead of Objects." At this event I will help you learn how creating landscape paintings are not necessarily about painting the objects in them, but instead about painting how the light describes these objects. Come and learn the keys to creating an interesting light source in your artwork and discover a method of building a successful oil painting around it. In this fascinating live demonstration I will help you learn how to paint what you see, not what you know!

If you missed this presentation at the Matthews Artists Guild in November this is another great opportunity to catch it and I welcome you all to attend. This demonstration will take place at the Depot located at 103 W Center Ave, Mooresville, NC 28115.

I want to thank the Mooresville Arts for the invitation to host this special event and I look forward to seeing you all next month!

Kelley Brugh Fine Art


Fun Group and Fantastic Florals!

I want to thank each of you for spending your day painting with me at Tyler White O'Brien Gallery! We covered many topics during my recent workshop, and all of the artists (no matter their previous painting experience) did an outstanding job of successfully putting the new techniques and principles to work in their paintings. You were a great group and your enthusiasm and positive spirit helped make our time together so much fun! Thank you for a fantastic kick off to my first workshop of 2015 and I hope that you enjoy the slideshow of our workshop below:

First Workshop of 2015


I hope that you all have had a fantastic start to 2015! I am looking forward to heading to Greensboro, NC tomorrow for my first workshop this year! Thank you all for filling up this workshop at Tyler White O'Brien Gallery quicker than I could advertise. It will be an enjoyable day learning to use the palette knife to carve some gorgeous florals with oil paint. To learn more, click here. Workshop recap, new artwork snapshots and other exciting updates coming soon!

Cheers to a happy, healthy and creative 2015!

Kelley Brugh Fine Art

Small Works Show: Artwork Sneak Peek!

What a great turnout and evening at Shain Gallery's Holiday Party last night! For those of you who missed the event, you can view the images of my new artwork in the show above! Come by the opening reception for Shain Gallery's Small Works Show this Friday, December 5 from 6:00-8:00pm to see these paintings in person! This show features small paintings by all gallery represented artists, plus a few guest artists and will run through the end of the year. 

Like what you see? Let me know!

Kelley Brugh Fine Art

Shain Gallery's Small Works Preview Party & Small Works Show 2014

Shain Gallery's 2nd Annual Small Works Preview Party Flier

Enjoy a festive start to December with two holiday events at Shain Gallery! The second annual Small Works Preview Party will be held on Tuesday, December 2 from 6:00-8:00pm. This show will feature a preview of the Small Works Show and jewelry featured by Twine and Twig. Stop by for some early holiday shopping! 

Also mark your calendars for the opening reception of Shain Gallery's second annual Small Works Show on Friday, December 5 from 6:00-8:00pm. Come by the gallery for night filled with new paintings from all gallery artists!

Kelley Brugh Fine Art

Happy Thanksgiving!


Autumn at Freedom Park by Kelley Brugh, 8x10, Oil on canvas 
New painting  inspired by a family stroll through Freedom Park.


Happy Thanksgiving to all! I am grateful for each of you and I hope that you all are enjoying a relaxing holiday with family and friends.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."  - Melody Beattie


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"Light Driven Paintings: Painting Light Instead of Objects" with Kelley Brugh

Last night I was honored to both speak and demonstrate in front of a packed house of 70+ family, friends, artists and art enthusiasts in Matthews, NC. It was a powerful and humbling experience to be so warmly welcomed at the Matthews Artists Guild by such a large group of members and non-members alike! I sincerely thank each of you for your interest in taking time out of your busy days for me and to learn about light driven paintings. A special thanks also goes out to Mindy Martin and Matthews Artists Guild's president Nancy Kennedy for the invitation, time and help with the behind the scenes work that made last night possible. I enjoyed engaging with the group as we explored a method of transforming a "lightless" photograph into a dynamic painting. 

Below are a few snapshots from the event:



I am grateful for the amazing support and turnout and I hope that everyone enjoyed the evening as much as I did. Take care and keep in touch!

P.S. Click here for information on my upcoming exhibitions at Tyler White O'Brien Gallery in Greensboro, NC and Shain Gallery in Charlotte, NC!

Kelley Brugh Fine Art