Putting on a show

Published 8:14 pm Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Birds, landscapes, geometric shapes and trains are all the subjects of works in the Suffolk Art League’s Open Members’ Show, on display through July 23.

The open members’ show provides an opportunity for the league’s 450-plus members to display up to two works. Seventy artists are represented in this year’s show, which includes 133 pieces.

“We try to hang as much as we can,” art league executive director Linda Bunch said. “As this is our open show, if you’re a member in good standing, we hang your work.”

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Bunch said the open show is a good opportunity to see a wide variety of artists and mediums.

“I always find this show just really fun because we do encourage the artists that are taking classes here to exhibit, so we have artists who this will be their first time ever exhibiting their work,” Bunch said. “We have our beginning artists, and we have artists who have been exhibiting or teaching for years and years all in the same space. You really can see a great variety of abilities and mediums.”

Although a number of experienced artists are featured in this year’s show, Bunch said the show is a good way for beginning artists to get feedback and get used to preparing work for exhibit.

“For some of these folks, it’s the first time they’ve ever exhibited their work outside their home,” she said. “They get a sense of accomplishment, and it’s also nice to get feedback from people looking at their work. It’s a learning experience for beginning artists in many ways. It’s just always a really nice show.”

The show also gives art league members an added benefit of membership, and spurs artists to exhibit their work.

“It’s amazing how much better art looks once it’s prepared to be displayed versus just a piece of paper or a canvas that’s not framed,” Bunch said. “This makes you go out and buy a mat, buy a frame. It serves as a learning experience.”

The show also helps community members realize the vast amount of artistic talent in Suffolk, she said.

“We have people come in just amazed at the talent that’s right in our own backyard,” Bunch said. “It lets the general public know the talents of our many members.”

To see the show, visit the Suffolk Museum, 118 Bosley Ave., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, or from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.