About Face

Support network has amateur artists’ backs

July 7, 2014 

Ryan McClendon and Elizabeth Britt in the About Face class

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Amateur artists looking for a support network will find it in the About Face program at the Columbia Museum of Art.

Artists gather on the first and third Mondays of each month, as well as the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month to draw, paint or sculpt a live model. Once a month, the group relocates to a farm or other landscape for a plein air session, said Leslie Pierce, director of adult programs and partnerships for the museum.

There is no instructor for the group. Rather, the artists, who represent a wide range of abilities and styles, support, encourage and advise each other as they draw portraits, figures and landscapes.

Participants can join or leave the program at any time – there is no start or end date, Pierce said.

If you’d like to get a sneak peek at the group’s work before committing – or prefer to view art rather than create it – an exhibition of About Face works is on display at the Gallery at City Hall through Aug. 24. The gallery is open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, plus 6-8 p.m. during First Thursdays on Main. The exhibit features 31 portrait and landscape paintings by 23 About Face artists.

For details on classes, call (803) 343-2208 or lpierce@columbiamuseum.org.

Bridget Winston, Special to The State

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