December 2010 Newsletter
July 2011
Theresa Brown & Stephen Filarsky




sunflowers studio window

Whats happening

We're smack in the middle of the summer and if you love the heat, this is your time! There is no doubt that it makes our outdoor shows challenging but you're worth it. :-) 

We kept the gardens small this year and controllable. Some wedge shaped bug ate all of the zuchini and summer squash vines so for those who grow more than they can handle we'd like to know how you did that.

But that's OK as the giant sunflowers that I planted have indeed reached 12 feet tall and I can actually look out the studio window and see them. I feel like I am feeding the insect world as the giant  heads are covered with bees, butterflies and other unknown, but apparently happy pollinators. A whole miniature community is residing outside my art studio window and it's easy to put down the paintbrush and watch them.  :-)











Pastel Portrait

Theresa's Portraits:

Some people feel that a portrait has to be a big, grand affair but nothing could be further from the truth! When it touches the heart, the emotion is the same regardless of the size or medium.


Recently, a client commissioned a portrait of her sister's dog and below was her sister's response upon receiving the portrait as a gift.

..I SO love the portrait of my darling Akita! His eyes are perfect....the sweet, loving character shines through. His Daddy [my husband Tom] was overwhelmed. The portrait now resides in my foyer, in a total place of honor, as befitting lovely art and a magnificent subject.
My Sincere THANKS for your work in capturing the child of my heart, My Akita Phoenix.
Warmest Regards
Deb Smith

Or a mother letting me know how her daughter loved a pastel portrait of her horse:
 i thought she was gonna cry...she absolutely loved it!! asked immediately for help to hang it over her bed :-):-) thanks for creating such a beautiful gift ♥♥  K Howard
I love my job!

Our schedule can change but Check our schedule to see where we will be next.
We're adding recent completed portraits all the time so pop in to our site to see what it new. 




Blowing Rock Horse Show
Blowing Rock Horse Show



oil painting Children on Beach
Children on the Beach
24 x 30 Oil Painting



Steve's Oils........

Steve created an unusual oil painting this year for the Blowing Rock charity horse show.  He traveled to Blowing Rock to research what he would do (Something involving multiple bottles of wine and sitting in a box) and foud a model for his boots. He'll reveal who it was at the show! The 18 x 24 will be auctioned for the show and posters and t-shirts available at the show booth. He'll have some beautiful new paintings of the Blue Ridge, the surrounding areas and the show itself!

A series of his paintings are now housed in the beautiful Saxapahaw Art Gallery located in an old, restored mill on the Haw River outside Chapel Hill and Mebane. Visit the gallery and visit the local General Store!

As always, he is keeping up his 100 paintings in 100 days or is it 200 in 200 days?...:-)

oil painting Sail cruise
100 Paintings

paint your horse

 Click for 4H Fundraiser



art after hours art party

Click image to visit an Second Friday Wake Forest Art Party






Goings on at Art Student Academy


Creating art has always been our businessand calling, but the past year has seen amazing growth in our studio of our art classes. Our specialty has become the 2 hour "mini workshops" and participants love them!

We recently held one of our "Art Parties" as a fund raiser for a 4H horse group at MacNairs Country Acres and with 29 participants we had a hugely successful evening and another one is scheduled for the fall!  Take a look at what these girls created in the collage!

More fun news! We'll be holding some of our popular "Create to Paint" Art and Wine classes at the  Twisted Vine in Wake Forest where participants can enjoy vintage wines by the glass or bottle and enjoy a few hours of the "art zone" with us. Check our schedule for days and times.
Our blog has a gallery slide show as well as regular updates. Visit it or the website to see all and sign up for that newsletter to know what classes are coming up each month.

For fun, click on our very short video link to see clips of the art parties we do every second Friday of the month in Wake Forest!

corgi video  Laugh of the Month

A short on the image to the left

Quote of the Month

"It's a sobering thought that by the time Mozart was my age, he had been dead for twelve years."
- John Davis

Visit our blogs at
Filarsky Brown Art StudioLLC
PO Box 337
Franklinton, NC 27525
 Warm Regards,  Theresa and Steve
December 2010 Newsletter