A lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing

Stu­dio 1010 artists show­ing work at John V. Hicks Gallery this month

Prince Albert Daily Herald - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - PETER LOZINSKI

Ev­ery Mon­day, a few dozen am­a­teur artists get to­gether on the first floor of the Prince Al­bert Arts Cen­tre and paint. They come from a va­ri­ety of back­grounds and use a va­ri­ety of me­dia, paint­ing a va­ri­ety of sub­jects. The only com­mon thread is their love of paint­ing.

The lo­cal arts group, Stu­dio 1010, is show­ing their lat­est work at the John V. Hicks gallery for the month of Oc­to­ber. The show in­cludes a di­verse dis­play of acrylic, oil, wa­ter­colour, pas­tel and en­caus­tic pieces, re­flect­ing the va­ri­ety of the artists them­selves. The open­ing re­cep­tion is Satur­day at 2 p.m.

All works are for sale through Stu­dio 1010 mem­bers.

One of the painters in the show, Shirley Markell, takes art lessons in the US when she win­ters down south. She used the show the ex­hibit one of her lat­est works us­ing a tech­nique she learned in the states.

“I am work­ing on a new tech­nique, it’s a pour­ing and blend­ing method,” Markell said.

“I’m en­joy­ing us­ing the three pri­mary colours, and en­joy­ing some­thing new. It’s not a tra­di­tional style of paint­ing.”

The pour­ing and blend­ing method con­sists of Markell pour­ing pri­mary colours and let­ting them flow into each other. In one piece, she blew through straws to help spread the paint around.

“We let the paints do most of the work. Wa­ter­colour con­tin­ues to work on the page, and of­ten­times the paints paint them­selves.”

Markell has al­ways had an in­ter­est in art. She took an art mi­nor in univer­sity on her way to be­com­ing a teacher. But she re­ally took up the hobby when she re­tired 12 years ago.

“The in­ter­est was al­ways there,” Markell said. “When you re­tire, the time be­comes avail­able.”

Markell en­joys a va­ri­ety of top­ics. Her favourite medium is wa­ter­colour.

“I en­joy paint­ing, por­traits, land­scapes and some flo­rals,” she said. “It’s al­ways a chal­lenge to learn some­thing new and try new meth­ods.”

Un­like Markell, fel­low Stu­dio 1010 artist Gerry Han­son doesn’t do well in art lessons. She prefers to do her own thing.

“My pieces are all dif­fer­ent,” Han­son said. “I paint what I en­joy paint­ing, and that’s what I frame when the show comes on.”

Han­son said she en­joys paint­ing an­i­mals, and is work­ing on get­ting bet­ter at flow­ers. She has been paint­ing for a lit­tle less than 10 years.

Han­son started with acrylic, but has since moved to wa­ter­colour, a medium she prefers. Han­son was ner­vous about show­ing off her works, but has since be­come more com­fort­able with the idea.

“Ev­ery­body has a dif­fer­ent idea of what art is,” Han­son said. “I just do the best I can. Be­cause I don’t take art lessons, I don’t have a whole bunch of rules to fol­low. I just like do­ing my own thing.”

Like Han­son, Markell is ex­cited about the show. She en­joys work­ing with the Stu­dio 1010 painters.

“(The show) is a good in­cen­tive to get things com­pleted and framed. It’s nice to show what you’re work­ing on,” Markell said.

“The group as­pect of it is a big plus, the ca­ma­raderie, the fel­low­ship and shar­ing. It’s great to work as a group.”

PETER LOZINSKI/DAILY HER­ALD

Th­ese are some of the works on dis­play at the Hicks Gallery as a part of the Stu­dio 1010 art show and sale.

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