Figure 8 portrait group to be featured at library in September

The sketch “Susanne” by Figure 8 member Tim Creager

A local group of artists who paint or draw portraits of people using live models, will show their works at the Siuslaw Public Library

Aug. 31, 2019 — Figure 8, a local group of artists who paint or draw portraits of people using live models, will show their works at the Siuslaw Public Library during the month of September, starting Sept. 3.

This group has been meeting twice a month for more than 14 years, beginning at the old Jan Kunz studio. Since then it has met at various locations, and, while the membership has changed over the years, the group continues to thrive.

Artists who want to paint people often have trouble getting models to pose for them. The purpose of Figure 8 is to provide a variety of models for artists to paint or draw.

Operating with a coordinator but no instructor, the model takes a five minute break every 20 minutes, while soft music plays in the background.

Models are recruited from the Florence community and the artists paint or draw in whatever medium they choose.

All members are constantly looking for new models, so don’t be too surprised if you are approached by a Figure 8 artist and asked to pose.

Models are paid for their services.

The group is coordinated by Jan Woodford, with assistance from Virginia Korosec and Karen Baylis, who will lead if Woodford is unable to be there.    

Jeanette Frasca keeps up an album of photographs of each model, for future reference. 

Among the membership are oil painters, watercolorists, pastelists, sketchers and those who paint with acrylics.

This show will be different than previous shows, in that there will be a self-portrait of each artist displayed as part of the show.

Members participating in this September show are Tim Creager, Elizabeth Lugg, Annette Yuga, Julie Peake, Jeanette Frasca, Virginia Korosec, Karen Baylis, Jan Woodford, and guest artist Karen Nichols.

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