Branching out

I have always loved to draw and paint. But I got away from it and channelled my creative urges into needlework and, for the last 10 years, jewellery-making and design.

My last job was Executive Director of the Queen West Art Crawl and being around such wonderful artists all the time reignited my desire to create with paint on canvas but also in jewellery techniques. So I decided to join the St Catharines Art Association. One other reason is to get the member discount on a booth space at Art in the Park July 18 – 19. 

I went to the meeting last night, which was held in a bright, modern room at the Kiwanis Aquatic Centre. There was networking going on, and a small show at the front of the room on the theme floral. Members brought their work to display here. There was coffee and cookies. And a speaker, Jim Kerr, who started working on a painting of grape vines – he got it roughed in, some shadow defined and some background in the short time allotted – all the while answering questions from the audience. Apparently I missed a life drawing class last month.  There is a group show starting tomorrow at Millpond. I hear it’s good but I can’t get there this month. 

It’s an older crowd. Not many young people there. Something I’ve noticed about a lot of membership organizations. I wonder if that’s because younger people don’t know about these groups or whether they don’t care to learn from long-time experts and choose to work on their own and make their own mistakes. I’d be sad to learn that’s the case since I have such great respect and love for my mentors in life, art and business. 

Watch for my news on my art adventures and for my booth at Art in the Park. 


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