Quimper Arts: Join Us!

What is Quimper Arts

Quimper Arts is first and foremost a group of artists who draw and paint (and even sculpt!) live models every Monday.  Click the History tab to see our history.

When and Where

We have two sessions with different models each Monday.  The morning session, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, is consists of shorter poses.  The first ten poses are one minute each, and the models often strike dramatic poses that would be hard to sustain for more than a minute.  Then there are a couple each of 5, 10, and 20 minute poses.  The artists enjoy warming up with the shorter poses, capturing the general gestures, leading up to the longer poses.  There are as many approaches as there are artists: Some focus on just the portrait; some refine the shading; some use the model for general inspiration and don’t attempt a realistic representation.  The afternoon session, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m., involves just a single pose by the model.  Obviously, the models can’t sustain a pose that long; the models take breaks every 20 minutes and tape their position so they can return to the same position.  Some artists prefer the morning sessions; some the afternoon; some of us come to both sessions.

We are indeed fortunate to have a group of great models, both men and women of different ages and shapes, but who are all diligent and talented.  (If you are interested in being a model, please visit our Model Schedule page and see the contact information for the morning and afternoon model schedulers).

Our meeting place is the the Masonic Lodge, 1360 Jefferson St, Port Townsend, WA, which is the red brick building behind the stone post office building.  If you wish to join us, please arrive a few minutes before the starting time in order to set up.  If you have an easel, great; if not we also have “horses” (benches where you can sit and prop your drawing board in front of you) and tables.

What Does it Cost

We warmly welcome new members.  January is a great month to start your membership.  Dues are $60 per year.  If you are a new member the dues are prorated based on the month you start.  Once you are a member, the cost is $10 per session you choose to attend.  If you are not yet a member, you are still welcome to attend as many sessions as you wish.  The cost for non-members is $15 per session.

Benefits of Membership

Here are some extra benefits to joining Quimper Arts:

  • With your membership dues we have the stability to keep this vibrant community of artists alive and assure we can meet our rent and other expenses.
  • We also have in the past, and plan in the future, to offer educational opportunities.  These have in the past included instruction about charcoal portrait and figure drawing.  Please send in your suggestions about what educational programs you would like to see in 2018!!  
  • There is also the ability to show your work.  This blog site has an artist page that will soon be revamped to include current members and samples of their work (optional of course).  We can link to your own art web pages and/or Instagram if you want other members or the general public to see more of your creations.  Pippa’s Real Tea invited us to set up a show in 2016, and we will return in 2018.  The Jefferson County Fair has offered us a wall for just our work in their art room at the fair (although anyone can, of course, submit masterpieces for the regular exhibit space).

Quimper Arts is one of several vibrant Port Townsend art communities, including Port Townsend School of the Arts, Northwind Art Center, a plein air group, an urban sketcher group, and many wonderful galleries and their artists.  We are always interested in finding ways to join with other artists in our community.  So please contact us if you have ideas about getting together, for example for educational programs!

Questions?  Please contact us at quimperarts@gmail.com.



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A Tip on Tips (and photos)

Tips to models are welcome, and if you choose to tip, you can just hand the model your tip at the end (when their clothes are back on).  Our treasurer will try to keep some smaller bills in the box if you need to break a $20 for tips.

The Board has also adopted a new policy on photographing models: If you want to photograph a model, you must first get the model’s permission, and then pay the model a $5 photo fee.  Please wait until the end of the drawing session to actually photograph the model.


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Let’s Share!

2018 is bringing new opportunities to share — your art, your shining personality, and your know-how.  I, Bekah Ross, am going to be the outreach coordinator, so please help me to have something to show for this by our next Holiday Party.

  • The Artist Page on this blog is going to be transformed.  We probably will no longer show artists who are no longer members.  The Artist page will now have your photo (if you’re willing to let me take it) so other members will remember who you are.   (Some of us have terrible memories about names and are embarrassed to keep asking – it’s either a right brain or an age issue or both).  If you want to substitute a self portrait for a photo – more power to you!!!  Along with your photo, if you wish to include a brief artist statement, go for it.  This could include your favorite medium, your inspiration, whatever.  And finally some of your artwork.  And I think I can also link if you have an Instagram or web page.  I’m still learning the Word Press program, so please bear with me.  While I’m gearing up, please think about what artwork you want me to include.  It does not need to be artwork created at Quimper Arts; it could be still lifes, landscapes, abstract work or whatever.  It’s so fun to see what work our members create.
  • Pippa’s Real Tea:  We are going to be hanging our art there again in May.  So think about what you want to hang and find nice frames.  This is a great opportunity to hang/sell your work at very little cost to you.  Details are forthcoming.
  • Education:  We want suggestions about educational opportunities.  Some suggestions kicked around by the board at our meeting before the holiday party:  (1) a regular “salon”, where a topic, such as an artist, school of art, technique, could be discussed in an informal setting, perhaps a restaurant between the morning and afternoon sessions; (2) a short (maybe 15 minute) educational presentation by a member, either after the morning or before the afternoon session; (3) a class such as Dmitry presented on charcoal portraits during our afternoon session.  Other ideas in the past have included anatomy and/or trying to form a liaison with other art groups in PT.

Bekah Ross

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Happy New Year

Our first session in 2018 will be January 8.  Our $60 dues are due at the start of the year, so please try to remember to bring your dues.  This is going to be a super year for drawing.  May we all fulfill our art resolutions!

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Open House 2016

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Free Life Drawing Open House   (AM Session only)

You are warmly invited to join the artists of Quimper Arts to a free introductory drawing session. We will have a live model (who, contrary to our usual custom, will be wearing clothing). We will also supply pencils and other drawing materials, paper, and boards (to hold the paper), so just bring yourself if you are new to this. We will leave you alone to draw, and we never judge anyone, but we will be available to answer any questions you might have and help set you up.

We draw from live models every Monday morning at 9:30 and afternoon at 1:30, so come any Monday even if you can’t make it to the open house. (Please aim to arrive before the starting time to get set up). Please visit our web page, https://quimperarts.wordpress.com/ to learn more about us.

We meet at the Masonic Lodge, Port Townsend (red brick building behind the Post Office, corner of Van Buren and Jefferson).

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May 7, 2017 · 9:41 pm

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