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Sharing the family art

The year 2018 marks the fifth anniversary of the Brookhaven Regional Art Guild, and, to commemorate the occasion, the organization plans to honor a pair of local artists.

A selection of Vicki Land’s and Brandy Johnson’s paintings will hang in the Lincoln-Lawrence-Franklin Regional Library downtown beginning Thursday and continuing through Jan. 30.

Land and Johnson are a mother and daughter pair, and both women are well trained in the field of visual arts.

Land earned a bachelor of arts in education and a bachelor of fine arts from Louisiana Tech, and she helped establish the four levels of art at Brookhaven High School. She has also served as an adjudicator for the Mississippi School of the Arts.

Her studio is located on Hog Chain Road, and her mediums of choice are watercolors, oils, pen and ink and pottery.

Johnson received a bachelor of arts in interior design from Mississippi College in 1994, and currently teaches art at Brookhaven Academy. Her studio is located in Brookhaven, and she has studied under renowned watercolorists Wyatt Waters and Fealing Lin.

A special reception will be held for the twosome at the library Jan. 18 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to interact with the artists, and the affair is open to the public. The art guild will provide refreshments.

After the reception, BRAG will hold a short meeting to discuss its agenda for the upcoming year.

One important discussion topic is that New Orleans artist Jan Wilken will lead a two-day workshop Feb. 21 and 22. The class will focus on acrylic and watercolor instruction.

This will be the second year Wilken has joined BRAG for the workshop. Students can attend both days of instruction or choose to attend just a single day.

“She uses unusual tools to create unique paintings you can finish in one day,” Nancy Hands-Myers said.

For further details on attending Wilken’s workshop, see the BRAG Facebook page or visit janwilkenart.com for examples of some of her work.