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Calling all artists! Good ones, mediocre ones, and bad ones, but especially enthusiastic ones.

Flushing Town Hall will host a first-ever Art-Makers Group on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 6 p.m. It will then meet every other week on Wednesday for the next six months. (That would be Jan. 24, Feb. 7 and 21, March 7 and 21, April 4 and 18, May 2, 16, and 30, and June 13 and 27.) The fee is $10.

No supplies will be provided, and participants are asked to bring sketchbooks, water colors, nonsolvent paints, and maybe even a snack to share with the others. The artists will work on tables, as there are no easels.

Denise Markbreit, a printmaker and visual artist, will organize and moderate the meet-ups on a volunteer basis. The Flushing resident is a newly retired art teacher who worked in NYC public schools for 32 years, including at 23-year stint at P.S. 193 in Whitestone.

Markbreit, who also co-founded NYC Urban Sketchers, envisions an informal, open workshop similar to knitting circles in which people work side by side for a few hours, exchange ideas and critiques, share best practices, and learn from each other. There might be an exhibition at the end.

“We’re not all making the same product, but we are community,” she said. “It’ll be good for people who have been working alone.”

In some ways, these sessions are an outgrowth from Flushing Town Hall’s Live Drawing with Models workshop that convenes on the second Monday of each month. In fact, Markbreit participates in this program. (Next session is Jan. 8 at 6 p.m.)

The Live Drawing workshops are very popular, and Markbreit hopes to have similarly large Art-Making groups. Although she doesn’t have a crystal ball.

“I don’t know who will show up. It’s going to be a big, grand experiment…We’re starting to build something,” she said. “I hope people will turn up…I’m going to be there.”

Photo: Flushing Town Hall


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