Bria Ingram / Staff
Picton artists Val Taylor (left) and Allison Belgrave are two artists exhibiting at the Picton Little Theater.
A group of artists who meet weekly to inspire each other are pleased to showcase their work at the end of a challenging year.
The Picton Art Group has been a way for artists to interact and learn from each other for over 20 years, with membership changing as people come and go.
However, the simple act of gathering in one place was tricky, as Covid-19 caused a blockade and the closure reduced the number of places we could meet.
Member Allison Belgrave said the group was using the Wighthifare Matauranga meeting room at the Picton Library and Service Center until the arrival of Covid-19 last year.
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The library was closed at alert levels 4 and 3, and group gatherings were vaccinated during the social distance requirements at level 2 and after the transition to orange under the Covid-19 protection framework. It remained off-limits because it didn’t require. entry.
“That’s right, this year was a very strange year. [Meeting regularly] Keeping us all up and having a weekly meeting tends to create more work than leaving it to our device, “Belgrave said.
According to Belgrave, the artists all had quite different styles of painting, but found value in each other’s criticisms and advice.
Marilyn Jessop and Val Taylor both used acrylic paints, but Jessop painted flowers, gardens, and sometimes people, and Taylor preferred abstract styles and landscapes.
Derek Kirk used watercolors to depict scenes that usually contained water, and Gloria Mitchell used acrylic and pastel for natural scenes. Belgrave used oil in landscapes and some abstract works.
“We only work for ourselves, but the best part of having a group is when there is something we are not completely satisfied with, but you are very much in the picture Being close, it’s often difficult to understand what it is, you can say “Come to see this, I’m a little stuck”, and most of the time someone Says what it needs. It’s good to see your work in the eyes of others. And we really missed it, “Belgrave said.
But she said they managed to go out for lunch because there was no meeting room.
“We are a very friendly group and a very consensus group. Unfortunately, this year has never been easier.”
The exhibition was previously held at Picton’s storefront, but there was no suitable place for the exhibition, so Belgrave said the Picton Little Theater proved to be the perfect alternative. She was a theater trustee herself.
“We are a group that represents the community and the artists in the area, so it’s perfect for being in a small theater.”
She said new members were always welcomed.
“I hope we get out of orange soon.”
The Picton Art Group exhibition at the Picton Little Theater will be held from Friday to January 3rd and from January 7th to 10th. Admission is free and works are on sale.