Members of the Bell Fine Arts organization meet to discuss art and are trying to grow the art culture in Bell County.

Fostering the arts: BFA offers artists an outlet

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Published April 17, 2014
By Christine Foster, Journal reporter

In the art world, there is no one more passionate than the group from Bell Fine Arts in Belton.  From porcelain to Batik, these gifted artists love every aspect of their skills.  “This is not a group of people doing a hobby,” said Andy Phair, who is the spokeswoman for the group of more than 30 members ranging in age from pre-teen to 93.
Tucked away behind the old Presbyterian Church between Fourth and Fifth streets, the studio walls are lined with an eclectic collection of members’ art.
Although not an artist himself, James H. Mosley supported BFA by encouraging the artists and supporting their projects and activities. Mosley had an extensive art collection from all over the world; many pieces which he donated to BFA.  He also made a generous behest to BFA in the form of a bequest which allowed them to purchase the facility they now occupy to work, perform and exhibit.
One artist in particular, Nancy McGowan, the winner of the club’s quarterly prize for the first part of this year, is an Audobon award winner and Joy Faucet is the gifted head of the porcelain painting program with a large display of her projects in the studio.
“We meet, learn and teach, fostering art in Bell County,” Phair said.
The teaching aspect of this program cannot be over emphasized, according to some.
“We encourage art and let people express themselves.  It makes the group and the classes more interesting,” Marilyn Kovacs said.
In addition to the vibrant friendships and camaraderie, laughter abounds as they sip coffee and create some outstanding projects.  This is fun for all of them and they make everyone extremely welcome.  Everyone leads. You watch, ask questions and participate in the planned lessons and activities with a smile.
The club frequently brings in professional artists, but the members basically believe that their main mission is the growth of the art program in Bell County.  The teaching program is open to everyone at all skill levels.  All mediums are taught including woodwork and pencils.  The club’s annual dues are $30.
The members’ art is displayed in a variety of locations.  The Temple Chamber of Commerce shows the art frequently and the Belton Chamber has plans to do that also.  My Giving Tree in Belton carries the art and CAC has a showing planned for August.
On April 26, Art On The Square at the Belton court house  will feature the BFA projects and, in fact, the poster advertising the event is the work of Sharon Driesner, a BFA artist.
“It’s not who we are or what we do,” Phair said. “It is a loving, caring group who have one goal in mind, to foster art in our community.”
For additional information, please visit their website at www.bellfineartsbelton.org or call Andy Phair at (254) 933-8858 or email at andyphair@vvm.com.