‘The Artists’ Model’ Exhibition Features Work of 10 Artists

by Diane VanDyke

Painting by Wayne Hibschman, “Chuck’s Studio.”

Painting by Wayne Hibschman, “Chuck’s Studio.”

Montgomery County Community College will host “The Artists’ Model,” an exhibition featuring 10 professional artists, from Wednesday, June 25, through Thursday, Aug. 14, at the College’s Fine Arts Center Gallery, Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.

An opening reception will be held Wednesday, June 25, from 5-7 p.m. with participating artists Marie Bender, Betz Green, Linda and John Gist, Wayne Hibschman, Steve Kennedy, Nancy and Charles Schmidt, Phyllis Purves Smith and Elsa Tarantal. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the community—everyone is welcome.

“The Artists’ Model” will showcase the talent of these artists, who meet weekly to paint, draw and sculpt using a live model as inspiration. For more than 30 years, this diverse group of portrait painters, anatomy teachers, a NASA artist, university professors and botanical illustrators have met weekly to inspire and encourage one another as they create their artwork.

“We believe that good art begins with careful observation and a lifetime of continued, dedicated practice in the art of portraying the model,” says Green, about this passionate, loyal group of friends. “Camaraderie is an important factor, as is the encouragement and advice that is freely shared in a congenial atmosphere.

The exhibition features the results of these ongoing sessions and includes a range of mediums—oils, charcoal, silverpoint, watercolor, pencil, pastel and clay. The artists hope to convey to visitors the positive impact of approaching art in a collaborative atmosphere with like-minded artists who value studying from a model.

For more information about the exhibition, contact Montgomery County Community College Galleries Director Holly Cairns at 215-619-7349 or hcairns@mc3.edu. For information and photographs of exhibitions and participating artists, friend us on Facebook/DestinationArts.

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