Brennemans to display art September 7

Cosmic Chaos, watercolor by Jeanne Brenneman

Lee Street Studios invites the public to a free opening reception for Into the Woods, an exhibit of woodturning and watercolors by Bruce and Jeanne Brenneman.

Maple Burl platter, woodturning by Bruce Brenneman

Friday, Sept. 7, from 5-8 p.m. Visitors can view woodcarvings by Bruce and watercolors by Jeanne. Guests will also enjoy light appetizers and wine.

Into the Woods celebrates the artists’ connection with the natural world. Bruce and Jeanne have lived in or near the woods their whole lives. They grew up in Freeport, PA, a small town on the Allegheny River.

“Following our marriage in 1960, Bruce’s forestry profession took us to forests in Maine, California, Idaho, South Carolina, and in 1973, to West Virginia.  Added to that, many vacation trips to national parks and other wild places fueled our love and appreciation for nature. The woods are high on our list of priorities, and we are glad we can give it expression through our art,” Jeanne says.

Bruce Brenneman has worked with wood all his life. A retired forester, he began early to use his carpentry skills to make furniture and do home remodeling projects. Joining the West Virginia Woodturners Association in 2016, he is now using the lathe to create a variety of useful and decorative objects made from wood. His work is on display in Studio Six at Lee Street Studios in Lewisburg.

Jeanne Brenneman has been painting watercolors in West Virginia since 1973. She is a signature member of the West Virginia Watercolor Society, a juried artist at Tamarack, and a founding member of Greenbrier Artists, a local art group which has painted weekly since 1974. In Lewisburg, her work is available in Studio Six at Lee Street Studios and at WV Fine Artisans Gallery.

Lee Street Studios in Lewisburg is a community of artists committed to practicing their craft and sharing it with the community. Lee Street Studios is open to the public with ongoing art exhibits, frequent live concerts, and the opportunity to watch artists at work. Learn more about Lee Street Studios by visiting LeeStreetStudiosWV.com or calling 681-318-3551. Gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

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