Featured Artist: Nancy Winora Johnson

Nancy Winora Johnson

We are pleased to present Nancy Winora Johnson, the co-Featured Artist with Joan Blackwell for the June – August 2022 period. Nancy brings a rich, varied background and experience to her artwork, an excellent companion to the current Shape Maker and Entertainer exhibition.

Printmaking is the media Nancy chose as her concentration.  She has experience basket weaving, welding, photography, porcelain dolls, painting, jewelry making, ceramics, crewel, bronze casting, quilting, beadwork, and more.  Her style involves abstract expression through which she looks beyond the piece of work to see what is within.  The artist’s intention is to inspire the viewer with the images that feed the spirit of peace. 

A native of Robeson County, Nancy received a Bachelor of Art, Bachelor of Science in Art, Master’s in Art Education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and Business Computer degree from Robeson Community College in Lumberton.  She has volunteered as a docent and greeter at St. John’s Museum of Art, Latimer House, and the Bellamy Mansion Museum located in Wilmington, NC.  She has experience in graphic design for the “Signs of the Time” agency in Raleigh, NC. 

Nancy is a member of the Robeson Art Guild, Robeson Art Council, Robeson Historical Museum, and Carolina Art Guild.  In the past, she has served as Vice President of the Robeson Art Counsel, member of the River Roots Art Guild, and production manager for Studio One Theatre for the Public Schools of Robeson County.  She served in an interim art position in Brunswick and Columbus County.  Nancy is a retired Visual Art teacher for the Public Schools of Robeson County.  Nancy has exhibited at the Franklin Museum of Art in Wilmington, NC, Marianne’s Restaurant in Pembroke, “Art Right Now” Southeastern Regional Violence Center at the Osterneck building in Lumberton, Carolina Civic Center in Lumberton, Givens Performing Art Center at UNCP in Pembroke and Agriculture County Fair.  Nancy correlated a silent auction for New Hanover Medical Center in Wilmington, NC. 

Nancy was the featured artist in “Book Em” at the Robeson Community College, in Lumberton, N.C.   Nancy was the featured artist at the Bladenboro Visual Arts Council Art Gallery.  Nancy has entered several art competitions such as Smoke Mountain Jubilee Creative Art Division 2016-2017, and the Eastern Church of God Adult talent art division.  She is a member of the “Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG) International Society for Key Women Educators” where she has won several art competitions which are currently displayed on the DKG website.  Nancy has won many art competitions through the Lumber River Regional Senior Games Silver Arts and Heritage, in photography, silk painting, pottery, basket weaving, watercolor, and jewelry.  Nancy served as a reviewer for the Fayetteville Cumberland County Arts council’s Artist Support Grant Panel.  Nancy served as Vice-President of the Robeson Reading Association where she helped correlate the art competition for the Public Schools of Robeson County students.  Nancy exhibited during the Robeson County Art Stroll at Robeson County History Museum, Robeson County Art Guild, Carolina Civic Center, Adelio’s, Happening’s on Elm, and Inner Peace Art Gallery. A permanent display of one of her photographs is located at the Pembroke Family Practice and Urgent Care Center, in Pembroke, NC.

Featured Artist: Joan Blackwell

Joan Blackwell


We are pleased to present Joan Blackwell, the co-Featured Artist with Nancy Johnson for the June – August 2022! Joan has a deep, rich history that can be seen reflected in her work. Stop by the Guild House soon to see a collection of her art pieces on loan in the Featured Artist Gallery June – August 2022.

Below Joan shared her thoughts on how her life and background influence her artwork. Just a few of Joan’s works are included.

At times, my art reflects movement, reflection, representation, historical trauma, life events, honoring of sacred Native American traditions, invoking spirits of the past, present & future, or spiritualism, but always created in a positive genre. A constant juxtaposition of creative ideals is stored in my brain and continually wants to be seen on canvas. I believe my Lumbee Native American ancestors are speaking to me as I show their messages on canvas. Hopefully, these art pieces will continue to carry good messages to the next generation, as that is my intent. These ideals are reflected by the diversity of color, many details, and at times, are shown in cosmic iconographies, such as whimsical animals, and realistic, modern and spiritual imageries in form. I am influenced by what I see and feel from day to day. Whether I am researching or listening to an Art Survey lecture, I find myself thinking and contemplating, and I am inspired to create a new art piece. For instance, one day I may study African art and the next day I may be inspired to do form line art based on the indigenous art of the Northwest Coast of North America. I never know what I will do, but the creative thinking process is exciting, and the completion is the grandeur journey of being an artist.

My visions on canvas tend to document ongoing subconscious, conscious and spiritual journeys. I try to leave others feeling better after viewing my art and after meeting with them to encourage unity. My maternal grandparents, Rev. Martin Luther Lowry, Sr., and wife, Cammie (Locklear) Lowry were educators, farmers, civic-minded, and Lumbee Tribe members. They greatly influenced my scholarly studies, appreciation of all cultures, and the need to keep my mind and hands busy to maintain balance in life. Their lifestyle taught me fruits of labor by teaching me how to grow flowers, vegetables, preserve foods, appreciation of Mother Nature, respect towards all two and four-legged animals, and a strong foundation in faith, hope, and charity.

As a perennial learner and researcher of various cultures, many of my paintings reveal fantastical environments that are rich in detail, color, and spontaneous in form. At times I am deeply affected by catastrophic events, such as the murders of innocent victims, and will stop what I am doing to show my feelings on canvass to honor the victims. Those tragedies projected on canvass include Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) Men and children, the Charleston church massacre, the murder of George Floyd, military female Native American warriors, and the wars America was involved with during my lifetime and before. I am the mother of an Army pilot and daughter. Through them, I have many grandchildren. Unfortunately, they all live out of state, due to their professional lifestyles. To avoid the voids of missing them, I adopt neighbors’ children to teach them art or share meals, times. My accomplishments include a master’s in art teaching (UNCP) 2019, career background includes Department of Defense contractor, classified management analyst. Assignments included positions at the State Department, Washington, D.C., and various military installations.

Today my passions include private art lessons at my home, focus on creating new art, marketing my art, sharing art techniques and expertise, volunteer work for the Lumbee Tribe community, learning new art techniques, growing flowers, participating in art show events, sharing with others, walking my dog Chica, travel, and placing God and family at the top of my lists.

— Joan Blackwell, Featured Artist, Robeson Art Guild

It’s Alive! In a Good Way!

The Golf Tournament Online Art Auction is Alive and well and Open for Public viewing right now! Visit early, browse the items, and plan your bidding strategy. We will be adding more items, too, over the week as new items come in! And, of course, check in on those unique pieces that catch your eye, and your bids!

Bidding starts at 5:00 PM today, Saturday, May 14, and will continue until Saturday, May 21st at 5:00 PM.

Click the image below will take you directly to the Online Art Auction. Share the link with your friends! Thank you for your help in making this a successful event!

https://robesonartguild.betterworld.org/auctions/golf-tournament-online-auction

To the many talented artists who have provided artworks for the auction:

Thank You!!

We are thrilled to list your work in so many different mediums!

Featured Artist: Bobbie Britt

Bobbie Britt
Bobbie Britt and Jim Tripp at Metamorphosis 1 Exhibition Opening
Bobbie Britt and Jim Tripp at the Metamorphosis 1 Exhibition Opening

Bobbie Britt is the first featured artist of the recently founded Robeson Art Guild.  Her large vibrant abstract paintings make powerful statements throughout the hall gallery, throughout the administrative rooms, and in the main sales gallery; her smaller works surprise our visitors in the kitchen, in the front room gallery and other locations.

Plans are for our featured artists to have the luxury of exhibiting in all available spaces throughout the Guild House while the Blue Room Gallery is designated for a year of shows open to the “combined work of many” artists from the community, the region, and the state in response to themed invitational exhibitions.  These theme-response invitational shows will be competing for cash prizes through judges’ awards and viewer awards.

All works in all galleries can be for sale unless the artists choose to reserve them for various reasons.  Meanwhile. . . as Stephen Colbert says, what and who is the “featured artist?”

Featured Artist Bobbie Brit Artwork

Bobbie is a surprise herself.  She was reared in Blytheville, Arkansas, and attended the University of Mississippi and was graduated from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.  She and her sister, George Anne, shared a unique childhood in the “land of cotton” and both remember fondly their adventures in the “Deep South” as they worked in their father’s country store and sold Saturday night popcorn and RC Colas in their company-store movie theatre. Bobbie’s childhood and teen years were experienced in technicolor for certain.

Featured Artist Bobbie Brit Artwork

Bobbie’s creative expression was rooted in her family. Mother and Grandmother loved decorating, quilting, crocheting, hooking rugs, and gardening, foods for the table and beautiful plants just for “the looking.” Surrounded by all of that artful living, Bobbie always managed to add a class or two in the arts to a somewhat “extended” college career.  She married and travelled with her husband to live in Japan for several years until she returned to the states in the ’70’s and began a traditional work career in mental health that lasted for more than 30 years. That and her four children absorbed her creativity for most of those years. She did enter one show with a watercolor and won first place but actually she put her art aside until 2010 when she began to explore art on the internet and once again took a few classes. 

Featured Artist Bobbie Brit Artwork

Her creativity was somewhat limited until 2018-20.  Her world and the world as a whole had changed dramatically.  She found much needed self-healing and the feeding of her soul in the art she made.  She credits God as the miracle worker in her life and she believes she has been given the gift sharing her creativity through her art as part of God’s love.  

Abstract work is her special love and Picasso is her favorite artist.  Bobbie’s featured artist exhibition will be on display until February 10, 2022and she will be teaching at the Guild House using acrylic, cold wax, oil and other mediums.

Artists, Hurry, Just Days Left…

Golf Tournament Online Auction

Time’s a-ticking! Please select at least two of your works for the Online Auction and bring them to the Guild House no later than Friday, May 13, so they can be photographed and uploaded to the online album for patrons to study and bid! Don’t forget to include your brief biography and the title, value, and dimensions of each work. Don’t be shy! You don’t want to miss this opportunity to let our community learn about you and your work.

The auction will be online beginning about a week before and conclude on the day of the Golf Tournament, May 21st.  We are working with BetterWorld.org to ensure that bidders see all auction items clearly, can place their bids online securely, and that the auction concludes smoothly at the Golf Tournament, with the artwork available for pickup.  A link to the online gallery link to share with your friends and patrons will be provided to you so you can get the word out and help make this another successful fundraiser! 

Last year, we sold more than 50 pieces with every artist selling and this year we hope to do the same or better.  You should set a minimum price and then let the magic of bidding “wars” drive the process. We look forward to success for our artists and the Guild.  We also look forward to making our patrons very happy.

Nila Chamberlain
Executive Director RAG

Insurance:  All work will be insured by RAG and each artist will be asked to determine insurance value in keeping with range of previously sold work.

Calendar:  

  • Online Auction: Dropoff artworks at the Guild House by Friday, May 13 between 11:00 AM-4:00 PM.  Include your brief biography and the title, value, and dimensions of each work.
  • Golf Tournament at Pine Crest Country Club: May 21, 2022

Click here for more information about the Golf Tournament

Attention Artists!!

Golf Tournament Online Auction

As you know. each year the Robeson Art Guild sponsors the Golf Tournament fundraiser at Pine Crest Country Club.  As a major part of the project, we ask our artists to select two of their artworks for the sale. Jim Tripp photographs each piece of art offered. The photographs will appear on our website in a special online gallery where patrons can browse and bid securely.

Please select your two artworks and bring them to the Guild House Thursday and Friday, May 5 and 6, between 11:00 AM-4:00 PM, along with a brief biography and the dimensions of each artwork. Checks will be issued promptly after the online auction is concluded.

The auction will be online running for about a week before and concluding on the day of the Golf Tournament this year.  We are working with BetterWorld.org to ensure that bidders see all auction items and can place their bids online securely, and that the auction concludes smoothly at the Golf Tournament.  Artists and all RAG members will be provided with the online gallery link to share with their friends and patrons to help get the word out and make this another successful fundraiser! 

Last year, we sold more than 50 pieces with every artist selling and this year we hope to do the same or better.  You should set a minimum price and then let the magic of bidding “wars” drive the process. We look forward to success for our artists and the Guild.  We also look forward to making our patrons very happy.

Nila Chamberlain

Executive Director RAG

Insurance:  All work will be insured by RAG and each artist will be asked to determine insurance value in keeping with range of previously sold work.

Calendar:  

  • Online Auction: Dropoff artworks at the Guild House on Thursday, and Friday, May 5 and 6 between 11:00 AM-4:00 PM.  Include your brief biography and the title, value, and dimensions of each work.
  • Golf Tournament at Pine Crest Country Club: May 21, 2022

Click here for more information about the Golf Tournament

New Artist Deadline!!

Artists, the Deadline to Register for an Art in the Gardens spot is now Monday, April 4th!!

There was some confusion about whether Friday or Monday was the registration deadline for Art in the Gardens – So we decided to extend it to this Monday, April 4th! Tables and chairs for display will be available, but you are encouraged to bring your own set up. It is easy to register for your spot online.

Registrations are Now Closed.

Check back next week to see the list of artists.

Art In The Gardens: April 9th!

Come out and enjoy art and crafts from local artist and enjoy the beautiful gardens of North Elm St. in Spring bloom!


Stroll along North Elm St. Lumberton, NC
From 10th Street to 18th Street


Free Event Open to the Public
Arts and Crafts
Live Music
Food Vendors

ARTISTS: Gardens on Elm Street from 18th Street to 10th Street will be open for Artists to display their creations. There is a $10.00 fee for Guild Members and a $20.00 fee for non-members for this event. Tables and chairs for display will be available, but you are encouraged to bring your own set up. Deadline for Artist registration is April 1, 2022.

Registrations are Now Closed.

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