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Debbie Bzdyl Part of Two-Person Show at BRAC

Anderson Artists Guild member Debbie Bzdyl is part of a two-person show called Earth Elements at the Blue Ridge Arts Center (BRAC) in Seneca. The show, which also features clay artist Wendy Converse, opens on Sept. 18 and will run through Oct. 22.

Many of Bzdyl’s 20 or so pieces are from her “Early Earth” and “Earth Elements” series, which she started earlier this year. Both have an earth theme, and many are heavily textured. Her latest series, “Sculptural Abstracts,” takes the texture even further, making it thicker and more sculptural.

“My inspiration is to explore my love of texture and seeing how far I can take it,” she said. “The biggest challenge is being able to visualize how I need to ‘sculpt’ the texturing medium to give me a good design when paint is applied. Sometimes what I think will look good in the early stages of applying the texturing medium does not work as well as I had hoped. When I start painting, I see design weaknesses that I didn’t see when it was all white. Time will tell if I stay with it. I’m sure I will always return to painting pure abstracts without the heavy textures, but for now it is fun to explore something new.”

While the show opens on Sept. 18, there will not be an opening reception due to the pandemic. Instead, there will be extended hours that day (1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.) and a “Meet the Artists” drop-in from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Visitors are asked to wear a mask.

The show can also be viewed during BRAC’s regular hours. For more information, visit

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