A little bit of everything
Studio 1010 artists showing work at John V. Hicks Gallery this month
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.”
These are some of the works on display at the Hicks Gallery as a part of the Studio 1010 art show and sale.