‘Circle of Artists’ unveil their exhibit this Sunday at Gallery in the Grove

Two years in the planning, the show runs from June 2 through June 22

Pictured at the Gallery in the Grove prior to Sunday's opening of the Circle of Artists exhibition are, from left, Mary Deswert, board member of the Gallery in the Grove, and artists Margaret Bauer, and Janet Morris.

Janet Morris and Margaret Bauer, along with a number of other members of the “Circle of Artists,” meet once a week to practice their talents and this coming Sunday, an exhibit they’ve been planning for about two years opens at the Gallery in the Grove in Bright’s Grove.

The exhibit space is located on the top floor of a building that’s shared with the Bright’s Grove Library on Hamilton Road.

The opening reception for the exhibit takes place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Formed in 2004, the idea for the group was initiated by Janice Baker and Dagmar Vrkljan, who were undaunted by the fact that several existing groups in Sarnia were at capacity. They took it upon themselves to help meet the need for an additional outlet for artists to gather in community.

We spoke with two of the artists whose work will be on display starting on Sunday.

As other artists would attest, the advantages of painting in a group are manifold. By exchanging tips and techniques, and by encouraging and believing in each other, the artists develop their abilities and improve their creativity.

There is also the camaraderie experienced in the group and the friendships that develop through sharing a common interest.

Every artist chooses their own subject matter and expresses their creativity in their preferred medium, whether it be watercolour, oil, acrylic, coloured pencil, pen and ink, or pastel. At the end of each session, work in progress is exhibited and critiqued. The group offers insights into the strengths of each piece and suggestions for possibilities going forward.

The critical observation that the artists find the most pleasing is: “Sign it. Frame it.”

The members of the Circle of Artists have displayed work at various venues in and around Sarnia.

Robynn Marks of Stashbug Jewellery returns as the Gift Shop Artist. Marks, who is from Sarnia, has been making and altering her own jewelry and fashion accessories since she was a teen. She was always looking for a unique way to add personality to store bought products and to create accessories that carry a special meaning to the wearer.

Gallery in the Grove is a volunteer operated non-profit art gallery situated on the beautiful shores of Lake Huron in Bright’s Grove, Ontario. The gallery is located on the second floor of the historic Faethorne House, which was built circa 1875. The gallery exhibits local and regional visual art from artists, emerging and established. Education is a very important part of Gallery in the Grove’s mandate. Since 1982, Gallery in the Grove has awarded over $115,000 in scholarship awards.

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