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GBAC Board for 2015 Approved

During the December 3rd, 2014 GBAC board meeting, the slate of fourteen Board Members for 2015 was approved as presented. In addition to the ten current board members, 4 new board members were nominated and approved.

Current board members: Paula Aigner, Anne Drewry, Meletha Everett, Walter Kuck, Wendy Pettys, Gunni Price, Lisa Rodriguez, Patty Sisco and Kevin Weilbacher.

New members for 2015: Margaret Conte, Susan Joseph, Ashely Grimes and Kim Hall Perez.

Congratulations to all!


Photos from Mary GrandPré Seminar

On Saturday November 21, 2015 GBAC sponsored an afternoon seminar with Mary GrandPré, well known illustrator of the Harry Potter books.

We had a full house (nearly 100 people) at the Bloomingdale Library for this event. It was a delight to have so many young adults and teens in attendance. We want to thank Mary, and her husband Tom, for a great presentation. Mary took us through the complete illustration process, from conception to story board to final printing. The Q&A session was very enlightening.

Thanks to Bloomindale Regional Library for allowing us to host this free to the public event!

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Seminar with Mary GrandPré

Mary-GrandPre-ImageThe Greater Brandon Arts Council (GBAC) is pleased to announce that Mary GrandPré, an American illustrator best known for her illustrations of the Harry Potter books, will be the guest speaker at the next GBAC Seminar.

Mary’s presentation on the Illustration process will appeal to both writers and artists. We encourage both adults and teens to attend.

  • Date: Saturday, November 21st, 2015
  • Time: 1:30pm to 4:00pm
  • Location: Bloomingdale Regional Library (map)
  • Admission: Free!
  • There will be no book signing at this workshop
  • Refreshments and snacks will be available.

Mary GrandPré has been a freelance illustrator for the past 30 years. She received her BFA degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, majoring in illustration, with a secondary focus on graphic design. As a freelance illustrator, her illustration projects range from advertising, editorial and packaging to concept painting and character design for animation studios. She has also illustrated several children’s picture books with major publishers, and she illustrated the American version of the Harry Potter Books.


Mary uses a wide variety of media to create her art, including pastel, acrylic and oil paints, collage and printmaking. She also enjoys painting from life, using the figure and still life, as well as creating fantasy based pieces.

Mary has received numerous awards throughout her carrer and has been featured in various trade journals and art magazines. Some of her clients include The New York Times, Harper Collins, Knopf, Crown Publishing, Random House, Scholastic, BBDO, Cincinnati Opera, Warner Bros., DreamWorks, Pacific Data Images, and Blue Sky Studios. During her years of freelancing, Mary has also taught first year illustration at the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, MN and Children’s Book Illustration at Ringling College of Art and Design.


2015 Holiday Cards for the Troops

2015-Holiday-Cards-TroopsShow your support for our troops!

DATE: Saturday October 3, 2015 from 9am to 3pm

Join us at Center Place for the 8th annual Holiday Cards for the Troops. This is a free community event. Let your inner artist shine as you help make hand-made holiday cards for our service men and women. These decorated cards are blank inside, and will be sent to our deployed service members. The soldiers will be able to write a sentiment to their loved ones.

Ages 16 and up are welcome to participate. No childcare will be provided.

Click here to view the PDF flyer

2015 Pigs on Parade

2015-Pigs-on-ParadeSupport GBAC in creating, coordinating and nurturing the arts to flourish in the greater Brandon area with our annual “Pigs on Parade” Public Art Project!

Sponsors will receive a hand painted ceramic pig to display in their place of business. Each pig will be customized, designed and painted with comnpany logo and business tgheme. Sponsorship includes 15″ ceramic pig, and recognition as a Corporate Member of GBAC.

Click here to view and print the Pigs on Parade order form (PDF).

For more information, please contact Wendy Pettys, GBAC Secretary, at the Pottery Patch – Phone: 813.643.0014 or Email: