Sketch group has a ‘Grand’ time

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BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON

Staff Since the lat­ter part of the win­ter, an in­for­mal group of artists has been meet­ing at Mart­in­town’s The Grand Ho­tel to sketch.

The evenings are called “Draw Nights” and they gen­er­ally at­tract any­where from three to 12 peo­ple.

On this par­tic­u­lar evening – Wed­nes­day, May 16, which just hap­pened to be Na­tional Draw­ing Day – the weather is nice enough for the artists to work on the pa­tio. Tonight Sum­mer­stown res­i­dent Jac­que­line Mil­ner is joined by Maxville res­i­dents Mary Du­cross and Deborah Robert­son who are sketch­ing some metal chick­ens that they have posed on a nearby ta­ble.

“There’s never a spe­cific theme but some­one can bring items to sketch,” ex­plains Ms. Mil­ner as she works on her draw­ing. “You need to bring a sketch pad and some pen­cils.”

Ms. Mil­ner has brought paints so she can add some colour to her work. She says that other art sup­plies are al­lowed; the rule of thumb is that every­thing should be fairly por­ta­ble.

The in­for­mal group has been meet­ing since the fall of 2016, when mem­bers gath­ered at The Grind in Corn­wall. Af­ter it shut down, the group found a new home in Mart­in­town.

The artists range from sea­soned veter­ans, like Ms. Mil­ner, to be­gin­ners, like Ms. Robert­son, who says she’s been do­ing art for only a cou­ple weeks.

Any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing the group should con­tact The Grand Ho­tel.

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