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TALENT ON VIEW: THE BRUSH & PALETTE CLUB
ART SHOW AND SALE
Shake off the frost and step into the warm and welcoming atmosphere of St. Paul’s Cathedral as the Brush and Palette Club roll out their 43rd Annual Art Show and Sale. In London and in wider regional art circles, the club is synonymous with high quality and dedication to the craft. Taking place from April 9-11, the show and sale will offer up a bit of something for art enthusiasts of all inclinations. “We have had a very long, very cold winter and most of us are just wishing for spring to come. We want to see flowers, fields, trees and lakes bathed in sunshine,” remarked Marilyn Kidd of the Brush and Palette Club. The aforementioned subject matter will undoubtedly be included among the many pieces on display, but the artwork is certainly not limited to landscapes.
“Walk into a large room filled with over 500 original paintings in oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel and mixed media and find yourself surrounded by colour, vibrancy, life!
It’s a great antidote to the winter blahs,” Kidd said.
“There is something for every taste – representational works to abstract and even a sculpture or two. Many pictures are already framed, but unframed matted works are also available at a lower price. The artists will be on hand to answer questions and give help,” she added.
The exhibition is the group’s major event of the year, showcasing the recent output of many of its 100-plus members.
“Each year the quality of the works displayed seems to get even better. Judging from the number of paintings purchased last year, the public also feels that this is true. Many of the artists represented have also had one-person shows throughout the year and are featured in local galleries and libraries,” Kidd said.
The benefits of being part of a collective such as this are numerous. Events draw members out of the oft-isolating environment of their studios for monthly meetings, where the artists can share ideas and learn from each other.
The not-for-profit group also organizes several field trips and workshops throughout the year and invites accomplished artists to come and speak on a variety of topics.
“The Brush and Palette Club was formed in 1972 and has always had a two-pronged purpose – to provide artistic support to its members and to promote artistic creativity and art appreciation in the community,” Kidd explained.
A member now for three years, she appreciates the opportunities the club provides for contact with experienced artists.
“During one of the workshops, I was getting ideas not only from the instructor but also from the other artists who were participating. The result was a gorgeous painting that contained all the elements I had been striving for. It felt like a major breakthrough. It might not have happened were it not for the stimulation of working in a group setting,” Kidd shared.
The club also serves the community through volunteer art instruction with seniors, the handicapped and those dealing with end-of-life situations. Furthermore, members have donated their works for auction and various fundraising events, and grant scholarships to deserving high school art students.
Everyone is welcome to St. Paul’s to enjoy the artwork and complementary refreshments. For those looking to purchase, trust your own preferences, Kidd advises. Choose a work that holds your attention, and check it out from several angles and distances. Don’t overanalyse.
“Just try to use your eyes and listen to your heart,” she said.
- Amie Ronald-Morgan
DAY-TRIPS TO ART GALLERIES IN ONTARIO 2015
Take a Break Travel has organized the following bus trips:
(please call 519-858-9985 for reservations and further details)
Thursday, April 30 (and Saturday June 6) Art Gallery of Ontario (A.G.O.), Toronto for a show of works by renowned Canadian artist Emily Carr. Includes a 2 hour stop at the Eaton's Centre prior to the show. Transportation and HST $63 per person.
Saturday, August 29, McMichael Art Gallery Canadian Art Collection (Group of Seven, First Nations, Inuit and more), Kleinburg. Transportation, HST, Buffet Dinner in Woodstock. $89 per person.
Thursday, October 15, Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, Sarnia. Masterworks from Beaverbrook Art Gallery (including Dali, Gainsborough, Constable, Krieghoff among others). Transportation, HST cost TBA.
ART CLASSES IN THE ALGARVE, PORTUGAL 2015
Lin Souliere (frequent guest artist at the Brush & Palette Club over the years) teaches a watercolour class in October 2015 in Portugal. See Lin's website www.dragonflyridge.ca and www.artinthealgarve.com for details regarding this and other classes.
ON THE CANVAS: At exhibit at St. Paul’s Cathedral
Club holds annual art sale
By Joe Belanger, The London Free Press
Monday, April 7, 2014 6:44:21 EDT PM