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Art Exhibition Features Selections from 40 Years of Weekly Figure Drawing Sessions

posted on 10/09/2012

Doug Land, Untitled figureSince the early 1970's, local artists and students have been taking part in weekly figure drawing sessions at the Ransom Arts Center at Eckerd College. These drawing sessions have included such art luminaries as Robert Hodgell, Jack Barrett, Peter Cowie and Jim Hagenbuckle. Other notable participants, Dean Fortune and Doug Land, are current members and have been in attendance for over thirty years. To showcase the work of these talented artists, Eckerd has comprised a collection of work from these sessions in a special show.

Through October 26, Thursday Night Live: A Figure Drawing Exhibition will feature the selected works of fifteen local artists (listed below) in Elliott Gallery at the Ransom Arts Center. Public viewing hours are Monday to Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Several of the featured artists will be on-hand for the Gallery Talk scheduled for Wednesday, October 24, at 3:15 p.m.

Following the gallery talk, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a live model drawing session in the upstairs drawing studio, or to observe some of the featured artists engage in the process. Drawing materials will be provided for those who wish to try their hand at drawing (or one may bring one’s own materials). No prior experience is required, and all are welcome. The regular Thursday night sessions are held weekly from 7 to 9 p.m.

Thursday Night Live: A Figure Drawing Exhibition
September 30 – October 26, 2012
Elliott Gallery at Ransom Arts Center
Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Gallery Talk: Wednesday, October 24, 3:15 p.m.

Featured Artists:
Andrea Berens
Andrew Boland ’11
Steven Cohen
Janet Folsom
Dean Fortune
Paul LeRoy Gehres
Jay Herres
Brenda Lamb
Doug Land
(Photo credit: Untitled figure)
Debra Lansdowne
Virginia Largent
Michael Mattox
B. W. Norris
Ryan Overfield
Rebecca Skelton

Eckerd students have much to gain by attending the Thursday night sessions. More than simply having the regular practice, but also by watching dedicated artists do what they love. For the local artists in attendance, it’s their night out, keeping them going for the rest of their week. What’s more, each artist has developed his/her own unique style and approach to drawing media, and this too is instructive for our students.

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