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PAST EVENTS

The Annual Summer Critique Meeting

The Annual Summer Critique Meeting

Nice Work!

At our July 24 General Members' Meeting we tried out a new process for our annual critique session. Rather than having individual artists place their work up for review by just one person, we decided to exercise the group critique method. The assembled members broke into three sections and all members were encouraged to participate in the group critique, including the artist whose work was on view. The goal was to begin getting our member artists more comfortable with the evaluation process, using the same established guidelines and criteria that are used by the Board to evaluate paintings for signature membership. The new process also was intended to keep everyone engaged and involved for the entire meeting, with no down time spent waiting for your turn, and without the confusion that usually ensued when people were signed up on multiple critiquers' waiting lists.
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The group session also helps us see that many of us have the same issues to deal with in making a painting successful; understanding that can help keep us motivated and moving forward, which is often a challenge in a field where one works alone so much of the time. As artists become more comfortable with the critique process, it becomes a tool for growth and development, instead of a discouraging element. In that process, we are given suggestions by others to consider. They may be good, or they may be not-so-good, but they are all valuable insight into how others experience our work.
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Once everyone split up into their separate groups, each artist in the group placed up to three paintings on the easels for evaluation. A facilitator led the group's members in a discussion of each piece. Once everyone had had a chance for an individual review, each artist selected one painting to go up in a sort of "group show" intended to facilitate a larger discussion about successes in meeting the evaluation criteria.
And as always, it was fun to see what our fellow artists have been painting lately and to share good food and the company of people who have the same passion for pastels.