Red Door Art Gallery Vendor Show and January Workshop coming up!

You are invited to the Red Door Vendor Show!

Twin sister Beverly Benda, and I  will be participating in the Red Door Art Gallery Holiday Vendor Show on December 7th from 10-4pm at 418 Dakota Avenue, Wahpeton, ND. This event is free and open to the public.  We will be selling ORIGINAL small works of art of a variety of subject matter at affordable prices. These are some of the gems that will be there….great  for gift-giving!




Beverly and her cardinals….




Barbara’s chickadees and cardinal

















Beginning Drawing and Watercolor:  5-Day Workshop

with Barbara Benda Nagle

January 6-10th, 2020

NDSCS (North Dakota State College of Science)

 Fargo, ND

Join Barbara Benda Nagle, professional artist and instructor, as she provides her unique curriculum for learning how to draw and paint. With over 35 years of teaching experience, she simplifies complex art concepts so all levels of learners may succeed.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to execute a variety of drawing and watercolor techniques
  • How to make sense of the color wheel and use it to your advantage
  • How to use “value” (lights and darks) to make paintings dramatic
  • How to design your painting rather than copy photographs
  • How to create strong, dynamic compositions

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily (with lunch on your own)

Location: Room 190, NDSCS Fargo campus- 1305 19th Avenue North, Fargo, ND (across the street from the Fargo Dome).

Participant profile: All levels of learners, ages 15 and up.

Class size: Limited to the first 15 paid registrations.

Please register and pay by December 28th.

The fee of $395 will cover instruction and handouts for 5 days. Supplies are extra. A supply list is available on Barbara’s website at

OR you may order a Supply Kit on your registration form (cost: $185.) This Supply Kit includes everything on the required supply list.

If you need special accommodations, or have any questions, please contact Barbara at or call Beverly, Workshop Assistant, at 701-610-9529

Please click on this link to download the flyer and registration form:  Beginning Drawing and Watercolor 






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Save these Dates!

The Studio Crawl on October 5-6th was a great success! Thank you to all who visited my studio to watch demos, visit, enjoy refreshments, and buy art! I am grateful to all of you! There are a few more events to finish out 2019, so please save these dates on your calendar:

Saturday, October 26th Fargo Fine Arts Club, Bling Bling Showcase, 601 4th Street South, Fargo, 9:00-3:00. My twin Beverly Benda and I will both be selling small works of art at this event.

Friday, November 8th (10-7)and Saturday, November 9th, (10-5), Antique Show,Moorhead Center Mall, 510 Center Avenue, Moorhead, MN. I will be assisting my twin Beverly in her sales of collectibles, glassware, vinyl records,books, art, etc.

Saturday, December 7th, Red Door Art Gallery Holiday Vendor Show, 10-4. My twin Beverly Benda and I will both be selling small works of art at this event.


Looking Ahead to 2020…….Workshop Schedule:

January 6-10th  Beginning Drawing and Watercolor, NDSCS campus, Fargo, ND.   

March 16-10th  Beginning Drawing and Watercolor, NDSCS campus, Fargo, ND.

August 3-7th  Beginning Drawing and Watercolor, Moorhead Community Education, Moorhead, MN. (limited to 12 participants)

September 14-18th Beginning Drawing and Watercolor, Dillman’s Art Retreat Workshops, Lac du Flambeau, WI.

Please email Barbara at for more information on any of these workshops. They are limited to 15 participants, so register today to reserve your spot!


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Dillman’s Resort Workshop: work,play, friendship!

My Beginning Drawing and Watercolor : Birds and Wildlife workshop was held September 3-8th at Dillman’s Resort on the beautiful peninsula of White Sand Lake in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin. It was a fabulous week of work, play, and friendship as our group learned the skills that led to confidence in drawing and watercolor painting. Everyone worked hard from from sketch to black and white study to color study. We painted birds, wildlife as well as landscapes, and a floral to remind us of the art concepts that are basic for the success of any painting. The process will continue at home as each person is challenged to devote at least 20 minutes a day to sketching or painting, making it a lifelong habit that serves to nourish the artist within.

Beverly and I thank our students who came to this memorable workshop. We loved the enthusiasm, the sense of humor, and the personal warmth of each student. I am happy to announce that Beverly and I will be back next year for the week of September 14-18th, 2020 for the Beginning Drawing and Watercolor workshop, created for all levels of learners. Know that it is beneficial to take this course more than once to reinforce the practice and the teaching. We pack in a great deal of information and I often change up my exercises to keep this workshop fresh and stimulating. To sign up for next year’s workshop, go to www. We hope to see you again!

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