Belonging to an artist support group has many advantages and perks.
For 5 years I have had the opportunity of being a member of a Women Artists Support group. We have gone through many changes and transitions over the years but there is an ongoing thread of support that rings true for the members.
Our current membership is 14 women ranging in age from 40+ to 70+. There are many multi-talented women whose directions often include more than one discipline or medium. There are also different levels of full time to part time artists included.
The list of the mediums and talents include the following:
Linoleum block printing
Recycled tires and license plates
Pen and ink
Wood: carving, furniture, musical instruments
We are building a community of trust, caring, mutual respect, and support through our bi-monthly meetings. We learn from each other and share resources. Often we'll meet at one of the members' homes where we may receive an informal talk or workshop from the hostess.
We encourage and offer advice when needed. Our meetings are fun, informative and oriented towards progress in our work.
Personally it has been a platform of growth and inspiration which I feel has given me an opportunity to expand and to offer support for all the members. I am grateful for the friendships and the bonding that we have established in this group.