Friday, December 22, 2017

PAFA Etegami Workshop

On December 2, 2017  I was happy to lead an Etegami Workshop through the continuing education department at PAFA, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. I was very lucky to get a great group of students and we had a lot of fun and made a lot of excellent etegami. People learned to carve their own hanko (signature stamps) as well. A great day and a pleasure to be back at PAFA!

This studio space was absolutely perfect for group etegami.

A small sampling of some of the beautiful work from the workshop. 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

December Group Show

I have four paintings in the new group show at F.A.N. Gallery in old city Philadelphia! The opening reception is tomorrow, Friday December 1, 2017, 5-8 p.m! All are welcome. The show is up through December 30th. 🌟


For more information:

F.A.N. Gallery

221 Arch Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Buzzfeed List

Very pleased and surprised to be included in a Buzzfeed list "100 Facebook Portraits." My piece, titled "Signifier," is number 79 if you're scrolling through, and was inspired by and modeled for by my friend, artist Marie Manski. Many thanks to Buzzfeed writer Didi Menendez for including me! 
Read the full article here:

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Summer Show in a New Gallery

"Pink Roses with Mints", oil on canvas, 22 x 18 inches
I'm tickled pink to have been invited to be in "Summer Paintings" at F.A.N. Gallery in Old City Philadelphia! I have four pieces in the show.
July 7 - August 19, 2017
Opening Receptions:
Friday, July 7, 5-9 PM
Friday August 4, 5-9 PM
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 12 to 6 PM
F.A.N. Gallery
221 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

At the fun first opening reception with fellow artists Rachel Constantine (l) and Susan O'Reilly (r!) There's another reception on Friday August 4 if you missed the first one.
For more information on this show please see:

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

New magazine article

An article I wrote has just come out in the June 2017 issue of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine. Pages 50-55 (it's actually the centerfold...woo hoo!) My piece explores and discusses the newest work of artist Alexandra Tyng (which will be on view exhibition at Dowling Walsh Gallery, opening June 2, through June 25th.)

Hope you get a chance to read it!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Etegami Workshop this coming Weekend

Nancy Bea Miller
Saturday 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
May 13, 2017
Session: Spring
Medium: Drawing and Painting | Level: All Levels
Member: $39.00 | Non-Member: $45.00
More info:
Etegami is a kind of Japanese-inspired folk art that combines ink and watercolor paintings with words, on postcards. They are meant to be sent but can be cherished as a visual diary as well. The motto of Etegami is "Clumsy is fine. It is good to be clumsy." making it a fun way even for people with no art-making experience to find success and have fun. Additionally, it's a refreshing art excursion for accomplished artists as well. Truly, the art of Etegami meets you wherever you are!

Interest in Etegami is growing, world-wide and there are numerous international shows and clubs to enter and join, if the Etegami bug bites deep! For a great illustrated intro to etegami read this article:

Materials needed for etegami are simple and few. If you have any watercolor supplies, even left over from childhood, and a Sharpie marker or two, then you're all set. If you have a bottle of waterproof ink too, that's a plus, but I have lots of ink and other equipment to share. Every level of experience is welcome in this fun, relaxing and energizing class! 

With an etegami inspired by Dragon Fruit and Ursula K. LeGuin.

If you'd like a student's perspective on what happens in a typical etegami workshop a recent student surprised me by writing a nice long blog-post about our class! Here it is: 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

New One-Person Show!


Opening Reception:
Thursday, April 13
5:30 until 8:30 pm
Exhibition continues to April 29

222 East King Street
Malvern, PA  19355

Hours: Wed thru Sat 11-5
Sun thru Tuesday by appointment

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Philadelphia Museum of Art Watercolor videos

Here's a cool thing that happened recently. I got asked to be the demonstration artist for four technique videos made by the Philadelphia Museum of Art for this exhibition:

How watercolor became an American phenomenon
March 1, 2017 - May 14, 2017

Shooting video like this was something completely new to me, and it was exciting, a truly fascinating process. I have new appreciation for every Art Video I've ever seen, now that I understand more about what goes into it. Such a lot! The paper conservation staff and the video people were prepared, professional and ready for everything, and the day flew by. The videos turned out GREAT!

Painting in front of a whole bunch of cameras
Taking a short break while they set up the next shot.
Curator Kathleen A. Foster at the opening reception.

My husband and I enjoying the reception.
Thrilled to be a tiny part of this fantastic show!
Quick shot of one of the four videos
starring my right hand. It was
 weird but cool overhearing people
commenting on the videos!

This show is a must-see for anyone who loves Watercolor. It's almost like undergoing a series of wonderful shocks, seeing iconic painting after iconic painting, there on the wall right in front of your eyes! Plus an amazing "back up choir" of stellar works never seen before. And if you go, give a little nod to the video kiosks. Explaining a bit about the watercolor process was a brilliant idea and I could see that it really deepened the enjoyment of the show for many people. Maybe some viewers will even be inspired to start painting! 

For more information on the American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent exhibition:

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Faculty Show Poster Girl

I'm delighted to share that my piece "Painting Girl" was chosen as the Poster Image for the current MC3 Faculty show.
Image: "Painting Girl" o/c 36 x 24 inches Nancy Bea Miller 2014

It's fun, and a little startling, to see my image on posters, and flyers tacked up around campus. Gives that feeling of, "Wherever you go, there you are." LOL! It's a terrific show, the faculty at MC3 are really great, and it's interesting to see the alumni invitees excellent work mixed in as well!

Montgomery County Community College
Invitational - All Media
Wednesday, February 1, to Friday, February 24, 2017

Meet the Artists Reception: Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 5-7 p.m.

Fine Art Gallery
340 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422 

Fine Arts Center Gallery

Located at the Central Campus in Blue Bell, the Fine Arts Center Gallery is free and open to the community.
Gallery Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. // Friday: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. // Closed Saturday & Sunday