MATTHEWS – Prudy Weaver’s fine art can be found in galleries in Bald Head Island, High Point and Raleigh, but on Nov. 15, she filled a large conference room within the Law Offices of Weaver | Budd with her work.
Weaver was among a dozen artists showcasing work Nov. 15 and 16 for the Silver Brush Art Show & Sale. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Crestdale Middle School Fine Arts Program.
Weaver said she felt blessed to have created so much work.
She expects to paint upwards of 40 pieces for her next gallery show during Memorial Day Weekend.
Aside from art meant for the wall, Weaver offers 187 paintings of Bald Head Island featured in her new book, “Painting an Island,” which is ideal for a coffee table.
She also sells cards featuring her original work, including familiar scenes in Matthews, as well as cows, chickens and can can trees.
Chris Shanahan enjoys painting still life, landscapes and beach scenes, but her portraits of pets are especially popular.
She markets her work as Fur Baby Memories. She specializes in capturing a memory with a custom watercolor portrait.
“You’d be surprised how many people ask me how I keep them still [while she paints pets],” Shanahan said.
She actually has people send her digital pictures of their pets to use as a reference for the paintings.
Shanahan explained how a client commissioned her to paint a portrait of a beautiful horse. Torn between painting a precise portrait and trying a more loose approach, she did both. Initially, she was concerned about working twice as hard for the same commission, but she realized the extra effort meant she’d have another unique piece to display at shows.
Booty Moran, a local artist that loves color and painting loose, can find inspiration from anywhere. She displayed paintings of Boone, Davidson, Greenville, McAdenville, North Myrtle Beach and even Ireland.
“The yellow flowers are from my backyard,” she said.
The show also featured Sandy Gillig, Cynthia Howard, Susan Lackey, Max McLeod, Marlene Moody, Anne-Marie Steele, Candice Thomas, Sandy Wilkinson and Jean Yates.