The Kanata Art Club paints a bright picture for the year ahead with informative meetings, classes and workshops.
The group, which caters to artists in Kanata, Stittsville, West Carleton and Nepean, meets on the second Wednesday of every month to listen to a guest speaker.
The upcoming meeting on Oct. 10 will feature watercolour artist Brenda Beattie of Constance Bay.
“She does fantastic work,” said Moe Hussain, who’s been a member of the art club for six years. Anybody who has “an interest in art” can join the club, whether they have a medium or not.
“Our members are not all top experts or professional artists,” he said. “It’s a wide range of people we have in the club…the newcomers learn from the older folks.”
Hussain, who began painting with oils, taught himself encaustic painting – which uses hot wax to create art – last year after viewing an exhibit at the Kanata Civic Art Gallery.
“It’s totally different,” said the retired Health Canada employee. “The colours are more brilliant and it dries right away.”
Hussain said he is inspired by a wide range of subjects: the planets, travel and landscapes.
“I get (inspired) in a number of ways,” he said, adding it could be photos from a newspaper or magazine or a snapshot he’s taken on his travels.
The Kanata Art Club also hosts a number of four-day workshops every year, with the first being held Oct. 18 to 21 by Hi-Sook Barker on watercolour techniques.
“It’s a good place to learn,” said Hussain. “We’re hoping it’s a big success.”
Lucy Manley will host the November workshop on oil painting.
Established in the 1960s, the membership base has grown to more than 100 artists.
“It grew and grew and grew,” said Hussain, adding the club is always looking for new members.
The yearly fee is $30 and members have access to workshops, classes, the monthly meetings and art shows.
“The club itself has two major shows every year,” said Hussain: a spring exhibition and sale at St. Isidore parish and a juried show with a hanging at the Kanata Civic Art Gallery.
“We have so many wonderful things happening in our club, so many interesting things.”
Application forms can be downloaded off the website at kac1.ca.