We had an incredible sketch night last night sponsored by the Windsor and Region Arts Council. One of our members, Christy Lister, arranged a private party at a posh restaurant, the Gourmet Emporium! The restaurant is normally closed on Mondays, but this Monday they had a band coming in to do some video. We were invited to come in and sketch while the band was recording. The kitchen was not open, but we were able to have have a drink from their wonderfully stocked bar. If you ever get to Windsor you must visit the Gourmet Emporium. Sara & Ryan Fontaine played and sang original songs. They are a wonderful duo.
I was privileged to be the host of yet another successful community sketch night on February 4th, 2013. A great group of sketchers got together and spent a couple of fun filled hours sketching each other, resulting in a great mutual admiration meeting by the end of the evening.
A bit of History on the ACRW Sketch Nights
The Arts Council-Windsor Region has spearheaded a unique community sketch night. They are scheduled for every other Monday. What is unique about them is that a different organization or artist hosts each sketch night. Each organization puts its own spin on the night.
Elizabeth Gaye MacDonald, President of the Windsor & Essex County Plein Air Society, will be hosting the second session of 2013 at Windsor Printmaker’s Forum. Elizabeth is inspired by the artist Julia Kay who spearheaded Julia Kay’s Portrait Party. JKPP is a communal project in which more than 700 artists from all over the world have so far made more than 30K portraits of each other in less than 3 years. It should be great fun. Bring your sketchbooks, and drawing tools.
ACWR Sketch Night is made possible with the partnership of local artists Dave Kant, Christy Lister, Elizabeth MacDonald, Mary Wheeler, Windsor Printmaker’s Forum, and the Arts Council of Windsor and Region.
The Arts Council-Windsor Region has spearheaded a unique community sketch night. They are scheduled for every other Monday. What is unique about them is that a different organization hosts the sketch night each week. Each organization puts its own spin on the night.
The first night was hosted by a talented young artist. His take on the event was a method called the “Exquisite Corpse”. Each person started a drawing, and when time was called the drawings were passed to the right. The event stopped when your drawing made it back to you. It was very interesting what others did to your original work. Passing your work onto someone else was quite a scary proposition. It helped detach me from my work and see the unique directions others would take it in.
Yesterday, Monday November 26th was hosted by Sho Art, Spirit & Performance, a fairly new gallery in the city. They hosted a life drawing evening. There was an incredible turn out. Standing room only! My friends and I were one of the first to arrive, so we were able to get our pick of locations.
The next event is hosted by yours truly, at Windsor Printmaker’s Forum, where I am Vice President. I plan on setting up a number of unique still life stations for people to draw. They will rotate between the stations throughout the evening. I’m quite excited, and nervous at the same time.
Please have a look at the drawings that I did at Sho.