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The Vancouver Sketch Club holds monthly meetings September through May at which we may have guest speakers or demonstrators, or show and critique our own work. We also enjoy conversation and great refreshments! We have at least one public show a year of our work, occasionally more. Anyone interested is invited to join us for a meeting to sample what we offer. Drop in fee is $5 for first time. Our annual membership is $60.00 which allows participation in our group shows as well as having members' artwork displayed on the web site. We have a non-member drop in fee of $10 for any of the indoor winter meetings/demos.
We currently meet in the Coach House at 1489 McRae Avenue, Vancouver in the evening on the Third Tuesday of the month at 6:30p
January 16 - Tony O’Regan - his demonstration in September was so popular we are having him back to do a demo on people in viillages - focusing on perspective http://toregan.com
February 27- Lori Sokoluk. Will be discussing adding deeper meaning to your artwork.
March 20 - Model night - bring your sketch book, pencils and paints - it's time to do some life drawing
April 17 - Sonia Mocnik - watercolor demo with stories about her instructing watercolour classes on the high seas with the Cunard Line. www.Soniamocnik.com
May 15- Annual general meeting
June - additional evening meeting to cover for the cancelled meeting in December 2017 due to weather
July/August - summer sketching schedule TBA
Joy Peirson has a piece of Art selected to be shown at Art Vancouver - April 19 ton22nd and she will be displaying her work at
Sonia Mocnik is showin her art “Budha Flower” at the Federation of Canadian Artist Aquarelle et Pastel show at the Federation Gallery April 17 to April 30.
Sonia Mocnik is teaching watercolours at the West Vancouver Senior Center. She is exploring different styles of watercolour each week. Participants view a demo and work on a Watercolour sample in class from the demo. Classes are in session, but there may be one or 2 spaces still available. Explore Watercolours, Watercolours with Sonia Mocnik and Enriching Watercolors.
June 23 &24 Sonia is holding a plein Air workshop at the Music Box - 10 to 4pm both days with a limit of 12 students. cost is $195.00.
Shows and Events
We will be exhibiting in the following venues this year:
Cambie Village Massage Therapy Clinic February to April 2018,
art show and sale “Near and Far”
West End Community Center Art in the City May 4-6, 2018
870 Denman Street, Vancouver
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The Vancouver Sketch Club was formed in 1952 by the then curator of the Vancouver Art Gallery. It was originally designed to give downtown businessmen an opportunity to sketch and socialize. The name was legally changed in 1992 when women were welcomed as members and it is now open to any individual with an interest in drawing and painting. All skill levels are welcome.
The Vancouver sketch club meets monthly from September through to May. The meetings may be an artist demonstration, a live model for sketching, shows or discussions of members work. In July and August we have weekly painting and sketching excursions to locations around the Lower Mainland. At least once a year, we have a group showing of members paintings. In the last two years we have shown at the following locations:
i. The Unitarian Church
ii. Cambie Village Massage Clinic (CVMT)
iii. The West End Community Center
iv. The Deer Lake Gallery in Burnaby, B.C.
We utilize our website to promote our members work, provide a description of the artists that are our members and share the upcoming events and activities of the group. We have a facebook page that provides up to date event activity, regularly engages with our facebook audience showing the type of work the group is producing, sharing artist information online and providing a networking for other artist who may be interested in participating. We also send out a regular newsletter to members and other artists who wish to be kept apprised of upcoming local events.
PIROJ AMROLIA Piroj likes to use oil, pastel and watercolour but recently most of her work is in watercolour. Water colour though frustrating, she finds excitement in the unexpected results which keeps her hooked to this medium. She likes to paint large paintings with generous and vibrant colours. She draws her inspiration from her birth place “AFRICA”.
TAYLORE CO has taken courses in fashion illustration, watercolour and oil, culminating in a year of courses at the Vancouver Academy of Art. She has shown her work with "Artists in Our Midst", at various cafes and bookstores, and other venues. She has been exhibiting with the Vancouver Sketch Club for over ten years.
JUDITH FAIRWOOD has a BFA degree in visual art from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. She has also taken a variety of art related non-credit courses and workshops, and has had work accepted for several juried shows. She has a special interest in exploring the borders where realism and abstraction, reality and fantasy meet and overlap.
CLAUDETTE FLEMING has taken private art classes in Canada and the United States, studied in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and completed first year and part of second year at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. She has a special interest in drawing and painting portraits and the human figure.
BELUVIA FREIGANG was born and grew up in Uruguay, South America. Descendent of an Austrian artistic family, her mother was a painter and poet, Biluvia started to paint beside her mother at an early age.Later, she studied with a French painter, Leonardo Laens, who taught her to paint in several mediums. After family, work and several years of set backs, she came back to painting and once again picked up her brushes. She took several courses to refresh her skills, including workshops in Toronto where she formerly lived. When she moved to Vancouver, she pursued further painting courses and embraced her brushes once again.She experiments in various mediums and is presently predominantly working in acrylics and watercolors. She has taken various art courses to help in her pursuit of her passion. She enjoys painting and sketching outdoors. She joined the Vancouver Sketch Club over a year ago.
ELSA HUBATKA LANGE graduated from Langara Collage Fine Arts Program in 1998. She has also attended Emily Carr Institue of Art and Design and the Vancouver Academy of Art.
SONIA MOCNIK works with watercolour, pen and ink and acrylics. She enjoys plein air painting, regularly taking part in the Harmony Arts Plein Air in Vancouver,the Grand Prix of Plein Air in Richmond and the Gibsons Paint Out on the Sunshine Coast. She teaches watercolour classes Regularly at the West Vancouver Community center with a class currently on Thursdays from 9 to 12. You can join in anytime and classes run until March 15.
KATHRYN NEWELL loves watercolor and has taught watercolor classes in Kelowna. She is also a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.
JOY PEIRSON formerly worked in Dubai. Since finding that she loves painting, she has focused on this and even has shown back in Dubai. She will be getting a new studio space down in the eastside.
M.T. I began painting in Saint-Tropez, France with two resident artists over fifteen years ago. I work mainly with watercolours and pen. I had the pleasure to study painting in Paris and Lyon, having lived in these cities for several years. In my paintings I continuously play with colours, texture and light. More recently I have experimented with Gouache and India ink. I enjoy painting with very bright colours and am very much influenced by my time having lived in the South of France.
ZENOBIA TURNBULL My artistic skills have been self-taught, augmented by workshops, at Langara College, Confederation and Shadbolt Centres in Burnaby. I currently paint in the studios of Jacquie Manning and also take classes from Gabriela DiaConnu.As a child, I was told “Don’t sit around twiddling your thumbs. Do something.” Once I was given a small notebook and pencil. “Write, draw do something with it!”I did and I have not stopped. Scribbling, doodling, painting and sketching. Waiting around for life’s appointments is no longer tedious. Someone is late? Never mind, out comes my sketch book. Carry a camera on a trip? Perhaps but more frequently I sketch. Forgot a birthday? Make a sketch. Sketching and painting is a liberating addiction.
EVA WIDEMAN holds a BA Fine Arts degree with an art major from Goshen College, Indiana. Since then, she has also taken numerous art courses and workshops, most recently on old masters' techniques at the Vancouver Academy of Art. She has completed several commissioned paintings. An active member of the Vancouver Sketch Club and currently president, she has exhibited in the group's annual shows for over fourteen years.
British Columbia, Canada
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