Last week welcomed the birth of the Drawing and Painting Guild, a club dedicated to students and alumni interested in the visual arts. Starting with about ten members, the club is already becoming active on campus and in the community by debuting their art for First Thursday and in The Zone Gallery this Friday.
“You don’t have to be an art major to join but we would like people who are interested in the art community to join because that’s what we’re here to do: promote and educate in the visual arts,” said Miles Schlagel, club president and Bachelor of fine arts graduate student. “We have a diverse group but we’re all interested in the visual arts. We tell each other about connections and help each other out, so that’s what it’s all about, moving all this forward.”
Members of the club want students to know this Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Flying M Coffee House they will sell holiday art from drawings and watercolor paintings to illustrations and painted ornaments. Proceeds will fund future workshops, a visiting artist program, museum visits and potential exhibitions.
“(I enjoy) working as a team on different ideas and projects to get a larger opportunities to explore our creating of art,” Luma Jasmin, senior visual art major with drawing and painting emphasis, Luma said.
Angela Henson, junior BFA emphasis interdisciplinary studio arts, said she joined the club with a need to meet new people with a similar interest in art. Henson said she is looking forward to the First Thursday event and promises students will see more from this organization.
“As an artist it is good to have a group of peers to help critique and inspired your own work,” Henson said. “We will have tons of great activities coming up. The sale has great 8×10 artworks and hand painted ornaments for a great price for a unique and easy gift.”
Club info provided by Miles Schlagel: The Drawing and Painting Guild became official in November 2012. Open to all students and alumni this club hopes to provide learning opportunities to students who are interested in the visual arts, preparing them for the professional world after graduation. With this goal in mind, our club is fundraising for future workshops, a visiting artist program, museum visits, and potential exhibitions.
President: Miles Schlagel, graduate student, received a BFA in Visual Arts from Boise State in 2012 specializing in Drawing, painting and Printmaking.
Vice President: Kim Owens: candidate for a BFA in Visual Arts specializing in Photography.
Secretary: Adam Atkinson: candidate for a BFA in Visual Arts, specializing in Drawing, Painting and Sculpture.
Treasurer: Everette Hoffman: candidate for a BFA in Visual Arts, specializing in Art Metals.