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Nelson Gallery Art Classes

Art Class Quick Links

Alan Maurer - September 14


Brett LaGue - September 25


Purnell Pettyjohn - October 16 AM


Purnell Pettyjohn - October 16 PM

Exhibits Schedule - 2022

January - Claire Capron

February - SVU Art Students

March -SVU Student Artists

April - Eakin, Pettyjohn & Dodson

May - Susan Harb

June - Project Horizon - Juneteenth

July - Karen Kester

August - Karen & James Pannabecker

September - SPCA - "Art for Arf"

October - Paint Lexington Plein Air

November - Historic Lexington


December - Gallery Members

Nelson Gallery is looking for new members! Contact us if you are interested. We are looking for high quality artists who produce exciting 2D or 3D work.

We are flexible insofar as arrangements that can be made to provide display space for individual artists.

Alan Maurer

Sketching and Drawing for advanced beginners and beyond

When: Wednesday, September 14, 2022 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm


Alan Maurer will guide you through the essential skills needed to create a successful drawing.


To help give an appreciation and understanding of how a successful drawing (or work of art in almost any medium) will require:

  • an emotional connection to the subject of the drawing;

  • creative emphasis (exaggeration?) of elements of the subject (line, shape, color, light, value, composition, perspective, point of view, etc.);

  • and artistic license over details.

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Brett LaGue

Acrylic Basics for Beginners

When: Sunday, September 25, 2022 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm


During this four-hour workshop, you’ll create a landscape painting from start to finish. A demo will be provided first. You can then copy that demo or paint from a provided photo (or both). Plus, learn about the tools you’ll need to paint in acrylics at home and what to know before buying them.

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Purnell Pettyjohn

Painting Figures in Landscapes - Intermediate students

When: Sunday, October 16, 2022 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Students will learn how to incorporate a figure or figures in a cityscape or landscape. The class will address lost and found shapes, as well as working specific wet into wet areas to produce a loose, finished painting. Shadows will be discussed for linkage.

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Purnell Pettyjohn

Beginning Watercolor - Beginner students

When: Sunday, October 16, 2022 from 1:15 pm to 4:15 pm

Students will learn how to apply paint, charge one color into another and paint a color over a dry color, which is called glazing.  They will also learn how to paint a wash.  Purnell will conduct a paint-along with her students.  She will paint a small portion of a sunflower, stop, then the student will paint what she has demonstrated.  This will continue until the painting is completed.

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