Dillman’s: a huge success!

September 24-29th, 2018: The Beginning Drawing and Watercolor workshop, Dillman’s Creative Art Retreat Center at Dillman’s Resort in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin was a HUGE success! Beverly (my twin sister, workshop assistant, and wind beneath my wings) and I spent a week there teaching and meeting fabulous people. Our hosts below, Sue and Denny Robertson (the “bookends” in the photo below) are a class act! They run a tight ship and are amazing in their leadership and organization of a beautiful north woods resort featuring many artist workshops throughout the year. I had the great opportunity to work alongside Minnesota artist/Wisconsin native Andy Evansen (second from left) and Colorado artist Frank LaLumia (second from right) as we all taught simultaneously in separate studio spaces on the beautiful peninsula of White Sand Lake.

The best part and the reason I was there was the 9 women I was entrusted to teach and guide. (Unfortunately, 2 others were unable to attend due to circumstances out of their control). The growth from Monday’s drawing lessons to Friday’s final day of composing, choosing focal points, selecting a color scheme was inspiring to me. God has richly blessed me with the joy that comes at the intersection of our lives in the 5 days of getting to know each other, learning, sharing, and exploring with the mediums of pencil and watercolor.

Beverly and I had such a great experience at Dillman’s that we will be back in 2019 and in 2020. I will be teaching on September 2-6th, 2019 and my workshop will be called Beginning Drawing and Watercolor: Birds and Wildlife as it will be taking place at the same time as the Woodson Museum’s Birds in Art Exhibition in Wausau, Wisconsin.  I personally invite you to sign up now to reserve your spot in my workshop as we explore drawing and watercolor with a bird and wildlife focus.  Go to www.dillmans.com for more information!

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Act now: Last week to sign up for Dillman’s Workshop with Barbara!

This is the last week to sign up for my 5 day workshop September 24-28th at Dillman’s Creative Art Retreat in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin. You will arrive the evening before for pre-workshop festivities and a good night’s sleep by beautiful White Sand Lake. There are a few spots left, so please consider a life-changing week of learning to draw and paint with me. My twin sister, Beverly, will serve as workshop assistant and painting coach as you will enjoy her instruction and guidance as well. We have a lifetime of teaching experience between the two of us.  Please click on the link today and contact me immediately if you need to order a supply kit.

If you need financial assistance, there are scholarships available on the website.



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Chase Crew receives award from Northstar Watermedia National Juried Exhibition

Barbara Benda Nagle, RRWS, received the Artworks Art and Frame Award for her painting, Chase Crew, at the Northstar Watermedia Society’s Fourth National Juried Exhibition, which is held at the White Bear Center for the Arts, 4971 Long Avenue, in  White Bear Lake, Minnesota from September 10 – October 18, 2018.  This award presented by juror Rachel Daly included a $200 Gift Certificate plus a gift bag filled with watercolor supplies valued at $200 from Artworks Art and Frame, Excelsior, MN. 








Chase Crew, Acrylic on canvas            Rachel Daly presenting award                       Award donors and sponsors, Steve and Jane Hart from

Artworks Art and Frame , Excelsior, MN

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