A Brush With Tradition

Join the Arts Council for a reception celebrating the opening of A Brush With Tradition, an exhibit by The Fab Five: Cheryl Christopher, June Dudley, Ceci Luepnitz, Janene Pratt, and Lesley Spencer


Dates: June 4th – July 26th

Location: The Arts Council of the Brazos Valley: 4180 Gallery & Bradfield Gallery of Fine Art

Cheryl Christopher

Cheryl Christopher has been immersed in the world of art for the better part of her life, working in the various mediums of photography, dress design, and writing. It wasn’t until later in life, after enduring the profound loss of two children and relocating to the serene landscapes of the Texas Hill Country, that she discovered the transformative power of painting.

In her painting, Cheryl endeavors to capture more than just images; she seeks to convey a sense of tranquility and serenity, transporting herself and inviting her viewers to a place of solace and reflection.

June Dudley

A nationally known award winner, June Dudley grew up as her dad’s cowhand on ranch land the state of Texas has proclaimed as a Texas Land Heritage Ranch. June incorporates her love of Texas and the West with her sensitive use of color, light, and design to create her paintings. She is known for capturing her subjects with the passion she has for them and her art while creating a mood that the viewers share.

Ceci Luepnitz

Ceci Luepnitz is a portrait artist in the classical realist tradition. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Newcomb College in New Orleans, and has studied at The Portrait Institute in New York under John Howard Sanden. She is a member of The Portrait Society of America. In her paintings and drawings she works diligently to capture not only the physical likeness of her subject but also the uniqueness and dignity of their personality.

Website (www.ceciportraits.com)

Janene Pratt

Having grown up in a very artistic environment, Janene developed a deep love of classical paintings and drawings. She studied with many notable artists including the late great Nelson Shanks. Janene found her expertise in narrative, figurative and still life drawings and paintings. Years ago, she was chosen to be a featured artist for the Southern Living house at Traditions in Bryan, Texas.


Early on, she was selected as an artist to watch by Scottsdale Art School, being named a “Best and Brightest” finalist. Artist Network named her a finalist and published her work in their “Strokes of Genius 5, the Best of Drawing Book on Design and Composition”. Her work has been shown at two Texas A&M galleries and at the Bush Library as well as other notable galleries and she was featured as an artist at the Washington on the Brazos Republic of Texas 175th year celebration.

Lesley Spencer

Lesley Spencer found her passion for oil painting later in life, inspired by her appreciation of God’s creation and the beauty of nature. Her childhood fascination with birds evolved into a diverse portfolio, featuring not only avian subjects but also dogs and other animals. Since relocating to Bryan nearly a decade ago, she has found renewed inspiration in her tranquil surroundings, infusing her artwork with a deep sense of connection to the natural world. Through her paintings, Lesley has discovered the beauty and wonder present in every moment, reflecting the transformative power of creativity and the spirit of exploration.