Regional artist returns to Boykin Gallery

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Brenda Behr will return to the Boykin Gallery this weekend when her exhibit, titled “Down East” opens today.

The exhibit will be filled with impressionist paintings of familiar scenes of eastern North Carolina.

For more than three decades, Behr lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she had pursued a career in graphics and art direction. But in June 2003, when she returned to Goldsboro, the city of her youth, she also returned to her love of painting.

Since her first solo show at the Arts Council of Wayne County in 2004, Behr has shown in museums as well as numerous galleries across the state. Eight of Brenda’s watercolors now hang permanently on walls of the Chapel Hill campus of the University of North Carolina. The Greenville Museum of Art in Greenville and Iredell Museums in Statesville have granted the artist solo exhibitions.

She has been featured twice in Our State magazine, and is included in the books “Distinctive North Carolina”, Volumes I and II, “Painting North Carolina: Impressions en plein air,” “Painting North Carolina: A Visual Journey,” and in “Strokes of Genius 4: The Best of Drawing.” In early 2015, she was named the 2015 North Carolina Seafood Festival Commemorative Poster Artist and in September of the same year, she won first place in painting at the North Carolina State Fair. In 2016, one of her oil paintings was selected for the permanent collection of the Fort Wayne Museum of Fine Art in Indiana.

Behr is a member of Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society the Portrait Society of America, and a signature member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina.

Her exhibit will remain in the Boykin Gallery through June 24. Brenda will conduct a plein air workshop on Saturday, May 20, in the garden of Margaret McRae, 211 Raleigh Road Parkway, W. Call the Arts Council at 252-291-4329 for information and registration. There will be an opening reception tonight from 5:30 to 7:30, preceded by an informal artists talk at 5 p.m..