Bluegrass as Performance Art

Brenda Behr: Bluegrass Jam 2We all know that bluegrass music is a performance art, but here’s a story that puts a new twist on that.

Brenda Behr is an artist in the paint and canvas sense of the word. But she also loves bluegrass music. She’s combined these two art forms by arranging to paint bluegrass band Kickin’ Grass while they perform at a fundraiser for people with disabilities.

I have been looking for a venue in which to paint more performing bluegrass musicians…I’ve painted blues musicians for two consecutive years at the Fargo Blues Festival in Fargo, North Dakota. The fans love it, and are very willing to pay on the spot for the watercolors.

Behr has agreed to donate a portion of her profits to help the fundraiser, which is to benefit Bear Creek Center, a not-for-profit center run by RHA Howell Care Centers, supporting and educating 125 people with mental and physical disabilities.

The event will take place on the grounds of Hinnant Family Vineyards located in Pine Level, NC on Saturday, May 10, 2008. Activities will take place between Noon and 6 PM. Admission is $20 per adult, children under 12 are admitted free.