The Studio 1010 artist group has been around for over a decade and on Saturday afternoon the group hosted a Meet the Artist to open their annual exhibition at the John V. Hicks Gallery at the Prince Albert Arts Center.
Event coordinator and Studio 1010 spokesperson Judie Relitz said this gives artists a chance to receive both compliments and reviews, and it’s a great opportunity to have.
“It’s good for morale,” she said. “It’s good that people see our work.
Studio 1010 has been painting every Monday in the space across from the Hicks Gallery for 13 years, according to Relitz.
The group started after a few members met in art classes. They wanted to continue doing casual painting, so they approached the Arts Center about a space. The center agreed to rent them a space, and the group has always been doing well.
“It’s a drop for anyone who wants to paint,” Relitz said. “They just come and they bring their painting supplies and their paper and their paints and set up a table and they paint.”
The charge is simply a rental on a space to be painted, and that covers their rent for the year.
“They start in September and pay their rent for the year,” Relitz explained. “They are considered a member for that year and if they go for the winter, they are still considered a member for the year. And they always get their emails and updates.
All the time spent together as a band has helped the members grow as artists. Relitz said some of them have worked together for more than 13 years.
“We’re doing our Monday afternoon painting and it’s amazing that we’ve really made progress,” she said. “Our work really came together. There are no instructions, so if you get stuck on something you just have to ask someone and they will help you and give you advice… Our job has gone really well.
The Studio 1010 exhibition runs at the Hicks Gallery until October 23. Relitz said the exhibitions are booked through the Mann Art Gallery because the two are affiliated and Tia Furstenberg is helping to create the exhibition.
“Tia is doing our hanging and she is doing a great job,” she said. “We just love it in pieces.”
If you are interested in joining Studio 1010 Relitz, let the members know. They meet on Monday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and you can set up a table and join.
“It’s very casual, very informal, you don’t have to dress completely. You can just wear your tracksuits or whatever and sit and paint. Sometimes we paint and sometimes we talk all the time and we solve the world’s problems on Monday afternoon, ”Relitz said.
She added that the group has members affiliated with other groups such as the Candle Lake Painting Group and the Aurora Arts Group, so they are mixed with a wide range of other artists.