Life art drawing studies – used by artists for many centuries as a way to hone their skills, but not always shared with the public – will be the focus of two related exhibitions at White’s Landmark Pop Uptown Gallery Rock’s Central Plaza in May. .
Figurative works by members of two Semiahmoo Peninsula Life Drawing Groups will be showcased in the back-to-back mini-shows.
Go figurefeaturing work by longtime group Drawing On Life, will be on display at the gallery, 15142 North Bluff Rd. from Thursday, May 5 through Sunday, May 8 and Wednesday, May 11 through Sunday, May 15.
Thereafter, the gallery will be the place of lifelineshighlighting recent work by the Semiahmoo Arts Life Drawing group, from Wednesday May 18th to Saturday May 28th.
Originally started by Peninsula artists Kathy Macdonald and Lyla Menagh, Drawing on Life has been a “vibrant and dedicated group” in the community for more than 35 years, said organizer Betty Peacock.
The main activity is a weekly three-hour figure drawing session, self-administered and organized by the group, she said.
“Our members work in a wide variety of styles and mediums, but we all enjoy this classic test of our skills,” Peacock added.
“In Go figure we will share our work which is directly or indirectly the result of these weekly sessions.
Susan J. Falk, who founded Semiahmoo Arts Life Drawing with fellow artist Tony O’Regan, describes the group as “the new neighborhood kids when it comes to life drawing in the South Surrey and White Rock area”.
“(We) saw that there was a need for more public drawing opportunities and Semiahmoo Arts Society had the perfect space,” she said.
Now in its sixth year, the walk-in format has gained momentum for artists and models from across the Lower Mainland who enjoy sessions from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre.
The opening reception for Go figure will take place on Friday, May 6, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; while a closing reception for lifelines will take place on Saturday, May 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information about the Drawing On Life group, contact Peacock at email@example.com. To learn more about Semiahmoo Arts Life Drawing, contact Falk at firstname.lastname@example.org
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