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Artist Roxanne Johnston stands next to one of her paintings on Dec. 8, 2013 at the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery during the Moose Jaw Art Guild's artist-to-artist afternoon.
The Moose Jaw Art Guild has been gaining momentum.
“The guild is growing, which is good. I mean, you always have members that are moving to other communities and … but for the most part, there’s always people that come to join the group and participate and have a place to contribute,” said guild president Jean Bell. “Especially in the fall towards Christmas, there’s so many great shows, exhibits.”
On Sunday, the guild held an artist-to-artist afternoon at the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery where individuals could talk with guild members. Within the first 30 minutes of the event, four different community artists not part of the guild stopped by.
Currently, the guild has about 40 members.
“It’s always good for the guild to have new people coming in with fresh ideas sharing their passion and it’s good for them,” said Bell. “They want to come and share what they do and join a group.”
She said people of any art medium or skill level are welcome to join the group. Apart from shows, such as the one called ‘Blue’ on display at the museum and art gallery until Jan. 9, the guild also does art classes, presentations and other workshops.
The guild also awards scholarships to local high school students and has drop-in times to do art and visit with other artists.
In the art guild mandate, the guild has four purposes as a community organization. Those are encouraging appreciation of art, bringing together anyone interested in pursuing art, associating with active groups to “broaden our opportunities” and to raise awareness and knowledge of art and its various applications.
“We’re working towards professional development. So people are learning new presentation for their art,” said Bell. “There’s a lot to explore for artists in terms of copyright, getting out to promote themselves. There’s a lot if you want to take it on.”
But she said the guild is also a great place to connect with other artists and be part of a group.
“For a lot of people, it gives them an expression and joy and that in itself is wonderful,” said Bell.
For more information on the guild or its upcoming meetings and events, visit mjartguild.blogspot.ca, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Bell at 306-693-0872.
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