Ur­ban Sketch­ing hits town

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE GROOVE - Moya Stevens

DOU­GLAS Arts Base (DAB) in Mossman em­braces a range of pur­suits and one of the lat­est is Ur­ban Sketch­ing where peo­ple gather to sketch build­ings, land­marks and streetscapes in Port Dou­glas and Mossman.

Con­venor of the Ur­ban Sketch­ing ses­sions, Ali­son Gotts, said mem­bers of the group draw on lo­ca­tion, cap­tur­ing what can be seen from di­rect ob­ser­va­tion. “We have a mix­ture of begin­ners to ex­pe­ri­enced artists,” Ali­son said, “and if a begin­ner turns up, we are all there to help them get started.”

The group meets on Thursday morn­ings each fort­night at a pre­de­ter­mined lo­ca­tion, set­tle them­selves down and draw the view from their per­spec­tive.

A de­ci­sion about the next lo­ca­tion is made by the group over cof­fee at the end of each ses­sion.

“I lived in Cape Tribu­la­tion for 30 years and have been a mem­ber of DAB for eight years,” Ali­son said, “and I found that spend­ing time at DAB was an es­cape – some time for my­self.”

Ali­son re­tired from her Cape Tribu­la­tion business three years ago, set­tled in Mossman and said that Ur­ban Sketch­ing is par­tic­u­larly special to her. “I like to sit in peace for two hours with­out other thoughts,” she said, “and just draw and talk to passers-by.

“The world moves around me and it’s great to sit in one spot, no phone, and go into a zone with my sketch­ing.”

Ali­son, also an ac­com­plished painter, said in­volve­ment with DAB of­fers not only the op­por­tu­nity to pur­sue cre­ative ac­tiv­i­ties but to so­cialise with in­ter­est­ing peo­ple.

“DAB pro­vides a so­cial role in the com­mu­nity, with men and women of all ages join­ing in,” she said. “It doesn’t mat­ter if you’re not a great artist,” she said, “and I hear peo­ple say ‘I can’t draw’ but they come to DAB and learn.”

The sketches from this group were fea­tured in the re­cent DAB mid-year ex­hi­bi­tion and one per­son joined the group af­ter see­ing the works.

“Peo­ple have lots of other re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in their life, but join­ing DAB en­ables them to pur­sue some­thing for them­selves,” Ali­son said.

DAB of­fers more than a dozen dif­fer­ent classes and work­shops in me­dia from paint­ing and draw­ing to ce­ram­ics, felt­ing and mo­saics.

“There re­ally is some­thing for begin­ners to very ex­pe­ri­enced artists,” Ali­son said, “and there are many friend­ships ready to be made.”

Pic­ture: MOYA STEVENS

Ali­son Gotts gets down to business

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