we first came together as friends
When the nine original members, who had been painting for years (and years!), first came together in 2016, we wanted a working studio where we could paint and teach. As firm friends to begin with, we knew we'd grow and develop so much better through mutual help.
everything we hoped for
Creating something from your imagination is satisfying, but nothing beats the thrill of getting support and input from like-minded artists. We grow in skill, understanding, and friendship.
the importance of passing knowledge on
We feel strongly called to give of our existing knowledge to the community at large. People of all ages and skill levels can grow their artistic interests with guidance and encouragement. That's why we chose to become a 501(c)3 non-profit.
Our members love a wide variety of art mediums. Acrylic, oil, pastel, charcoal, ink, watercolor, printmaking, and sculpture, to name a few. And then there are "old master" techniques like metalpoint, where you draw with a strand of tin, lead, or silver wire. (Jan van Eyck, Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer and Raphael all drew in metalpoint.) Art is a constant source of joy and experimentation. It keeps us vigorous and wide-eyed. Trust me, there are worse ways to spend a day - or a lifetime.