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Member Artists support our mission while also enjoying many benefits such as networking with other members, discounts on select classes and workshops, and exhibition and sales opportunities.
Our members range in experience from hobbyists to established artists and work in a variety of media from oils, acrylics and watercolor to mixed media, clay art and sculpture. Our organization welcomes artists, art teachers and art aficionados. If you’re a newcomer to the area, just beginning your artistic journey or interested in supporting the arts in our community, you may find the Sanford Brush & Palette Club (SBPC) an excellent way to make new friends, find support or just share creative ideas.
This membership is for artists of all experience levels, 18 or older, interested in promoting the visual arts in our community.
- Display your artwork in local venues.
- Enter our members-only Annual Art Show and other Exhibition opportunities.
- Participate in Artist Workshops offered by talented instructors.
- Display and sell art in our online gallery.
- Serve as a Board or Committee Member.
- Network with fellow artists and share ideas
Art Educator Membership
This membership is for Visual Art Teachers who actively teach the visual arts in one of our Lee County Public Schools.
- Receive a Complimentary One Year Membership to the SBPC with all the benefits of an Artist Member.
- Connect with other Artist and Art Teacher Members in our community.
- Access the Art Angels for Budding Artists Grants Program, exclusively for teachers.
- Nominate a student for an Art Student Scholarship.
- Assist in planning student events during the Annual Art Show.
Additional Membership Benefits
Monthly Membership Meetings
Club Meetings are generally held each month at the Mann Center of NC. Our meetings provide information about club events and business / operational updates from the Board of Directors and Committees. We often invite special guests to present relevant information, and all meeting start with a 30-minute social opportunity to meet new club members.
Exhibition and Sale Opportunities
Members exhibit their work at local venues including the Temple Theatre and Central Carolina Hospital. The Annual Art Show is a signature event that provides artists an opportunity to showcase their talent and creativity, fulfill volunteer obligations and meet and talk with visitors. We have also introduced a new Art Space Gallery in the Mann Center of NC with exhibition opportunities for Club members.
Classes and Workshops
Enjoy regularly scheduled art classes and workshops for members and non-members at all experience levels. Members enjoy discounts to selected workshops, and invitations to members-only classes (as available). Members also benefit from workshop fee support provided by the John Wicker Workshop Fund.
The SBPC is a supportive group of artists who also use their talents to serve our community. Our artists teach classes, mentor students, offer demonstrations, and donate artwork to important local causes. Through our Art Angels Grants program, we support local art teachers and projects for students, and our Art Student Scholarship program provides financial assistance for high school seniors who are planning to major in visual arts or an art related college degree.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there eligibility requirements?
Yes. Artist Membership is for adults who live or work in Lee County (includes the areas of Sanford and Broadway which may be in an adjacent county). Those taking classes with an SBPC member are also eligible – even if they don’t live in the area. Art Teachers who actively teach visual arts in the Lee County Public School System need not reside in the area.
How much are the Membership dues?
Member dues for Artists are $45 per calendar year; dues are not prorated or refunded. Membership is complimentary for Art Teachers who teach K-12 in the Lee County Public School System.
Can I join at any time?
Yes. First-time Members joining before September 1st are considered current year members. For those joining on or after September 1st, the payment covers the following year as well.
When do I renew my membership?
Renewal is on a calendar year basis and the deadline for payment of membership dues is January 31st. You will receive at least 2 reminders (typically by email/mail). If you have not renewed by the deadline, you are considered an expired member. If you still meet the membership eligibility requirements, you may pay the dues and rejoin. If you no longer meet the Artist Membership eligibility requirements we welcome you to continue as a financial supporter.
When can I participate in The Annual Art Show?
The SBPC Annual Art Show is open to all active Artist Members, Art Teachers, and Lifetime Members who are engaged in the the activities of the club. New Artist & Art Teacher Members must join prior to September 1st to be included in the event. An active membership means regular attendance at SBPC meetings as well as volunteering to serve as a board or committee member on an as needed basis.
Where and when are the Membership meetings?
All Club Meetings are held at the Mann Center of NC, 507 N. Steele Street Room 211, Sanford, NC 27330.
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