Over three dozen members and guests filled the room, some shared their current artwork, some announced upcoming shows, and when there wasn't business being attended there was a constant buzz of conversation and fellowship, as well as the devouring of delicious snacks.
During most every meeting an artist gives a demonstration. Last night we all enjoyed multi-talented local artist, fellow member, past president, teacher and inspirer of many, friend to all, Randall Williams. He regaled us with tales from his career, and encouraging us to get our work out there. Then with Jimi Hendrix music blaring, he astounded us by painting the famed rock star with spray paint and acrylic in less than 15 minutes!
One of the artist's who showed his newest work to the group was Gustavo Osorio, shown at right above. Several years ago he won a BAA student award for his outstanding drawing ability. A while later he suffered a brain injury and has been recovering for quite some time. His dedicated Mom and siblings come to the meetings with him and they all volunteer for his sake. (Although we've found out his brother, Jaime, is quite an artist also.) Now Gustavo has started making art again and we are all so happy for him! Art and artists can have a healing effect.
I'm so delighted to be a member of this talented group of artists. Last night's meeting left me with a warm glowing feeling inside. Meetings start back the third Wednesday of September at a new location to be announced. I hope you will consider joining in the fun!
Thank you to Scott Lewis for taking photos during the meeting and letting me use them here!