© Eric Bell
Members of the studio 1010 art group at their 5th annual show and sale at the Prince Albert Arts Centre on Saturday
While many artists choose to paint alone, members of the Studio 1010 art group find that painting in a group unleashes creativity and fun.
“I’ve always painted more or less by myself,” group member Bonnie Denny said. “I find the group really inspirational and good company. It’s more fun this way, we can share. It’s kind of like we are one big family.”
Founded eight years ago, the art group features 23 members whose level of artistic experience range from emerging artist to well-seasoned master of the brush. Everyone’s style is distinctly unique, as was evident at their Saturday art show. Oil and watercolour paintings, as well as pencil sketches and drawings lined the walls of the second floor gallery of the Prince Albert Arts Centre.
The group’s art will be on display at the Arts Centre until Oct. 24.
Some of the group members joined with little or no prior painting experience, learning the skill from other group members.
Group member Gerry Hanson went her entire life without painting, but decided to join Studio 1010 and give watercolour painting a try.
“I started in my old age,” Hanson joked. “Another lady that used to be in the group asked me to come and join them. I had never painted before and she said I should come and try.
That was five years ago. Since then, Hanson has developed as an artist, and has gone on to sell some of her paintings at art shows. Drawing her inspiration from newspapers and photos, Hanson says that being able to sell her artwork is a very satisfying feeling.
“The first painting I sold was a painting of a rooster,” Hanson said, noting that she tends to give most of her paintings away to friends and family. “I was really proud that someone cared enough that they bought my art.”
Studio 1010 meets every Monday from 1-4 p.m. A yearly fee of $30 covers the renting of a room at the Prince Albert Arts Centre. The group is always looking for new members, and although the group is currently all women, men are always welcome.
“We had a guy in the group last year, but I think we may have scared him away” Hanson said with a laugh.
Hanson said that one of the advantages of joining the group as a new painter is that more senior members are always willing to give assistance and friendly critiques to newer, less experienced painters.
“We help each other out,” Hanson said. “There are those of us who have been here a long time and have taken a lot of classes, so you don’t have to be stuck on something. One of us can help you.”
Annette Henbid has been with Studio 1010 since the group founded in 2005. She says another advantage of being a member of a group with a meeting space is that it takes you away from the distractions associated with painting at home.
“This group made a difference, because when you take the time to haul your stuff over here, you’re more inclined to paint,” Henbid said. “At home, the phone will ring, or I will throw in a load of laundry or something. Things get busy and other stuff gets in the way of painting.”
Gerry Hanson says that being in Studio 1010 inspires her to keep on with her artwork and plans to continue painting for the rest of her life.
“I just keep on painting and all of a sudden it just comes together,” Hanson said. “I love the people, and I love the group that I paint with.”