Bay College Announces the Exhibition and Reception for, Portraits from Life, in the Hartwig Gallery
Photo Caption: Members of the Bay Drawing Group, Left to right: Carolyn K. Snyder, Jean Wallin, Gladys M. Lewinski, Darlene N. Prokos
Bay College announces the exhibition and reception for, Portraits from Life
, in the Hartwig Gallery. Please join us for the reception and Artist Talk on Wednesday, February 8 at 2pm.
For over twenty years a small group of us have been meeting in the Bay College Art Room on Wednesday afternoons to draw and paint from a live model. Portrait drawing is perhaps the most difficult of any artistic subject matter. Human faces all share the same template, and yet each is different. Capturing the subtle differences that make a face unique, and at the same time instilling into to drawing or painting some emotional reaction to the individual personality is the task of the portrait artist. Add the compositional limitations imposed by placing a round head into a rectangular space, and the challenges of portraiture become even greater.
So why do we do it week after week? First of all, because people are the most interesting thing in the world to other people, some three-quarters of all conversations that go on is about people. It is all gossip. Perhaps portraiture is artistic gossip? Secondly, we fondly believe that if you can draw people, you can draw anything, and that the skills learned observing and recording faces can be transferred to other subject manner. Finally, we continue to learn from each other, and have built enduring trust and friendships, so that we look forward to each new Wednesday afternoon session. We are deeply grateful to Bay College for having afforded us this venue for work for all of these years, as well as for this present opportunity to showcase the results in the Hartwig Gallery.
At the time of the show I have just celebrated my 91st
birthday. I began painting in watercolor when I was in high school. In college, at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts, Washington University my major was in industrial design but I also studied drawing, composition, and oil painting.
After college I returned to watercolor. Drawing and Painting became a sometime thing as my husband and I raised a family, I helped run a business and we participated in community affairs. Later in Life, returned to graduate school and earned a teaching certificate in art education. I enjoyed the opportunity to teach art—2nd
grade through high school at Bark River, and at Bay College.
Since retiring, I have returned to watercolor as my preferred medium and to portraiture as my favorite subject matter. My family would prefer to have me continue with landscapes but it is my painting.
The Wednesday group at Bay College, where we work from a live model, is a high point of each week. Having a defined time and place, a model to work from, and a group of like-minded artists to work with provides focus and feedback and helps us keep productive.
It is a joy to continue to paint, and a privilege to be able to hang my work with my friends and fellow artists of the Bay Drawing Group.
Darlene N. Prokos
Artistic pursuits are an adventure resulting in great, mediocre, or indifferent results. But I continue despite the odds to paint due to my reaction to visual stimuli.
I usually begin with great gusto. I continue confidently until about the middle of the work where, too often, problems become evident. I sternly grapple with these problems – maybe not truly solving them – but I finish the work.
Sometimes I create a minor personal achievement (my own evaluation) and that is very satisfying.
Gladys M. Lewinski
After retiring from the work force I am again enjoying my lifelong interest in drawing. Having been away from participating in art for that lengthy period, I find being a part of this group gives me encouragement and satisfaction I wouldn’t find elsewhere. Their friendship and knowledge are of great value to me. Drawing encourages you to really look at the world. You notice more things. Portrait drawing allows me to view people in different ways. I study the characteristics of faces of all ages. Some faces are similar but no two faces are alike. Capturing the real person on paper is something I find challenging, but a labor of love.
Carolyn K. Snyder
Color and the challenge of describing the 3-dimensional world in a 2-dimensional image have fascinated me since childhood. While in college, I was too busy pursuing a degree in biology and graduate work in pharmacology to take art classes. Years later, as a stay-at-home mother of two toddlers, I did take some evening classes and began to paint in oils. A chance conversation at a community art fair led to employment as a medical illustrator at the Medical College of Wisconsin, creating black and white line drawings for teaching and research publications. I loved the work, but quit making my own art. After retiring to Marquette in 2002, I began painting again.
My media is oil painting. I explore a variety of subject matter and styles, but the continuing fascination for me is the landscape of the human face. In these portrait sketches, my first concern is depicting the nuances in features accurately to capture the likeness of the model. I hope to make interesting art, but the fun is in the challenge of getting a true likeness. The portraits are indeed sketches, done in one afternoon, with actual painting time of about 90 minutes. I leave them “as is” and do not paint after the sitting is over.
I have always been an "artist wannabe." Through the years, I have dabbled in almost every medium. I am a fledgling in the world of portraiture and my use of pastels, but my experiences have helped me to view the world much more closely than in the past. Every shadow, line, and expression tell a little bit more of the story of my subjects. I continue to learn from them and my peers as we practice our skills weekly in the art studio. Ever so thankful for the live models who give us these opportunities!
I’m kind of a self-taught artist except for high school and a few workshops. I’ve always had a love for all for God’s creatures and try to put them down on paper, but the most beautiful of all is people. So when I was invited to join the drawing group, I jumped at the chance to work with so any great artist and using a live model. With a live model you don’t just draw a face you capture their personality. We all see people differently, that makes it more interesting! I like working in all mediums and we learn from each other- we all speak the same language. It’s a great bunch of Artists. We appreciate Bay College allowing us to work here.
The exhibition of their work can be viewed from February 1-28, 2017 and the artist talk and reception is Wednesday, February 8, 2017.