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Drawing exhibit to open

Published 10:39pm Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A new show at the Suffolk Art Gallery features drawing of all types and will coincide with several workshops and lectures about the medium.

“The Creative Mark,” a Suffolk Art League show, opens Saturday with a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the gallery, 118 Bosley Ave. The invitational exhibition features work from mostly local artists such as Walt Taylor, Mark Miltz, Betty Anglin, Ken Daley, Mary Lee Ruff and David Dodge Lewis. The exhibition runs through June 8.

“Self Portrait,” a computer-drawn work by John Tobin, is one of many drawings that will be on display at the Suffolk Art Gallery for the next month. The show features drawings in many mediums of many different types of subjects.
“Self Portrait,” a computer-drawn work by John Tobin, is one of many drawings that will be on display at the Suffolk Art Gallery for the next month. The show features drawings in many mediums of many different types of subjects.

Suffolk Art League Executive Director Linda Bunch said the art league chose a drawing exhibition because one had not been held in recent memory. About 20 artists who work in a variety of media and styles were invited.

The show includes work in graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, pen and ink and digital drawings.

“We have from the beginning of time with charcoal to the 21st-century computer drawing,” Bunch said.

Subjects range from nature and nudes to abstract and cartoon-like drawings.

“We have quite a variety,” she said.

A handful of workshops, lectures and demonstrations will accompany the show. On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Anh Do, a Virginia State University faculty member, will lead a workshop on “Drawing for the Rest of Us.” The workshop, which is presented through a partnership with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, costs $35 per person, and pre-registration is required. Call 514-7284.

In addition, a May 16 lecture on manga and anime will also be presented by Anh Do. It will be held at 7 p.m. Reservations are not required, and the event is free and open to the public.

On June 6 at 7 p.m., Heather Bryant, a fine arts professor at Old Dominion University, will discuss contemporary drawing practices. This lecture is also free and open to the public.

Finally, on June 8 from noon to 2 p.m., Mark Miltz will hold a free drawing demonstration.

Bunch said an educators’ workshop for art teachers also will be held in conjunction with the show.

The art gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. To contact the art league, call 925-0448.

The Shooting Star Gallery, 118 N. Main St., also will hold an opening reception for its new show this Saturday. “Road Trip featuring Hatch Prints and Southern Sights” will open from 3 to 5 p.m. It features the photography of Brenda C. Wright and Nancy Kinzinger. It is open through June 15. For more information, call 934-0855.

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