The Artists Collective | Spartanburg is showing off its “collectiveness” June 1 through 26 with its latest exhibition, “Figurative,” in its Gallery II and Gallery III.
The exhibition includes some 30 works in a variety of media by more than a dozen member artists, coordinated by Judy Martin, a fused glass artist originally from western New York state.
“This exhibit grew from brainstorming by a few Artists Collective members wanting to fill empty rooms caused by Covid-19 this year,” Martin says. “Members have been leery of having a lone show this year, so this was hatched by having it open to all Collective members.
“We all see things differently,” she adds. “Each of us can look at the same person but we all see something a bit differently. If we all saw a woman sitting in a park who we all could draw or paint, there would be as many different pieces of art as people making the art. It is all real, and then our imaginations take over for the enjoyment of ourselves and those looking.”
Martin says those coming to the show “will see an artist’s vision of how the artist has interpreted a photo taken from life, a live model or other real-life adventure.”
Works in painting, drawing, oil, watercolor, ceramic, glass and pencil will be included in the show. “We have two rooms to fill with figurative art. In one room there will be nudes and in the other will be a variety from people to scenery,” Martin says. “We hope that people seeing the show will see the joy of life put in figurative compositions by the artists – how each artist sees life in his or her own way.”
The Artists Collective “brings together a mixture of art and artists,” Martin adds. “I believe we have all given and taken from many of the other members. It’s a great learning and caring place to come as a member and as a guest.