At the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center this Friday night, the Southwest Florida Craft Guild will open its 36th year and 2012-2013 season with their Great Books, A Visual Translation exhibit, a judged and juried show consisting of art work in the media of clay, wood, stone, glass, sculpture, mixed media and jewelry created by Guild members. There is an opening reception that runs coextensively with Art Walk, with the exhibit runing through November 16, 2012.
Outside the Art Center during Art Walk from 7-9 p.m., Dr. Sketchy will be paying tribute to Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos. The muse for this month will be Athena Dust.
Not familiar with Dr. Sketchy? It’s an avant-garde art movement that provides artists with models in unusual settings, intriguing costumes and exaggerated poses without the stodginess associated with formal art school drawing classes or the expense of hiring a model or muse. But there’s a twist. Dr. Sketchy’s models only hold their poses for several minutes at a time. This forces artists to work quickly, placing the focus on capturing the mood, character and spirit of the muse rather than trying to get all the details right. By compressing session times into five and ten minute increments, participants gain in just a few short hours experience it would take weeks to glean in a conventional classroom setting.
You needn’t be a mid-career artist to benefit from a Dr. Sketchy session. Anyone, from beginner to expert, can take advantage of the opportunity to draw live models in a compressed, two-hour sketch session. Practice capturing figures or isolated parts of the human anatomy. Focus on facial features or the muse’s hair. Emphasize costumes or even footwear. It’s whatever you want to make of it, with the fun of rubbing elbows with fellow creative types thrown in as a bonus.
Can’t make it for Art Walk? Don’t stress. The Dr. now makes a house call to the Red Rock Saloon on the third Wednesday of each month. “It’s not the standard life drawing night you’re used to,” promises Heathyre Perara, Dr. Sketchy’s local organizer. “We encourage (responsible) drinking, socializing, snacking on tasty burgers, and we encourage wild cheers and applause to show appreciation for our models!”
Unlike Art Walk, which is free of charge except for any donation participants wish to make, there is a modest cover charge of $8 in advance and $10 at the door. You must be 18 to draw and, of course, 21 to drink.
“You will want to bring a drawing board, sketch pad or something sturdy to draw on as sometimes table space is a bit limited….and pencils, colored pencils, markers and charcoal, as well as super quick drying medium as poses are sometimes quick. We will be doing a series of short poses (1, 2 and 5 minutes) and then work up to some longer 20 minute poses. Models will typically be costumed or wearing clothing to a point, as this is not a nude drawing session. Tipping of the model is encouraged.”
Open seven days a week, Red Rock Saloon is Fort Myers’ premiere gastropub destination. Featuring their Rockstar Burger and a side of Mac n’ Cheese, Red Rock’s kitchen prepares delectable selections from their all new menu from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m daily. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 2-7 and food and drink specials are offered every night. With over 200 seats, a full menu, dance floor, big screen TVs and a friendly staff, Red Rock is the perfect venue for Dr. Sketchy’s third Wednesdays events.
Want even more? The Dr. can help. Dr. Sketchy SWFL also offers sketchiness in Punta Gorda as well. To find out more, please visit www.drsketchyswfl.com.
[Please click here to see the full schedule of exhibitions and other events taking place in the downtown Fort Myers River District during Art Walk on Friday night.]