BRAG to host watercolor weekend

Published 10:33 am Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Brookhaven Regional Arts Guild will host a weekend of watercolors with a reception Friday and workshop Saturday featuring Georgia artist Billie F. Mathis.

Mathis is a member of the Georgia Watercolor Society and has more than 40 years of painting experience. She will be the subject of a reception Friday at the home of James and BRAG President Sue Minter at 301 Ripley Road in Brookhaven.

The next day she will lead the Watercolor Workshop hosted by BRAG on Saturday. The workshop will take place on the Mississippi School of the Arts campus.

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People interested in the workshop are encouraged to call Minter at 601-757-8550 for more information. There is a workshop fee of $100. Those who want to have ensured placement can pay a non-refundable fee of $50. Beginners, intermediate and advanced artists are welcome to attend the workshop.

Minter said Mathis’s daughter, Janet D. Smith, paints with watercolors in Brookhaven and it was through her that they were able to bring Mathis to the city for the workshop.

“One of our reasons for being is to have workshops for the community and our members,” Minter said.

“We’d love to have everybody to come to the reception,” Minter said. “We like to share what we have with the community to educate the people of this area to the value of arts right under their noses.”

Mathis is a Signature Member, Life Member of the Georgia Watercolor Society and has won numerous awards. Her invitational memberships include Who Who’s in American Art, in American Women of the Arts, and in the International Biographies of Artists. She’s a member of the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art and Blue Ridge Mountain Arts.

Her work is in collections throughout the United States, Germany, Turkey, Paris and Taiwan. Mathis has illustrated two children’s poetry books: “The Break of Day” and “Looking Through My Window.”

Minter said there will be 10 to 12 pieces of Mathis’s work on display at the reception so people can see her work. More of her work can be seen at or and