Shared Interest Groups

Prefer a more informal learning experience? Join one of our Groups. Share experiences, tips and practices in such diverse areas as artwork critique, photography, creative writing and costume model drawing.

Check out the list below for current groups, if you don’t see what you’re looking for, please let us know what group you are interested in starting! All groups are facilitated by a BAC member volunteer and meetings are free for BAC members! Guests are warmly welcomed for any two meetings but after that membership purchase is required.


Abstract Painters Open Studio


Looking to work on your abstract art along with other abstract painters in a collegial, open-ended and self-motivated session?

This Abstract Painters Studio is an interest group for BAC members, and is not instructional, but rather a chance to share studio space, interact about the abstract practice, and pursue the genre of abstract painting. Artists may use any media; artists must bring all materials needed to work on their craft, and help with set-up and clean up.  

We plan to meet on Wednesday afternoons from 2-4 pm, on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, according to the needs of the very busy BAC schedule.

For more information, and to RSVP, please contact Sandy Taylor .




Art Review & Critique Group meets the 3rd Thursday every month from 6:30 – 8:30pm

Whether you have been making art for a week or years the goal of this group is simple – to improve your art work – both technically and creatively in a comfortable, encouraging environment. Everyone’s taste is relative; however there are certain characteristic of any artwork (photography, painting, sculpture, etc) that can be evaluated as to the artist’s success at conveying the intended message or meaning of their work. The group will give feedback on art based on defined protocol for your discipline. All media is welcome.  We encourage you to bring physical examples, however digital images are acceptable. Depending on the attendance at any given meeting there may not be time for everyone’s work to be reviewed. This community of artists sharing their thoughts may just be what you need to strengthen your creativity and enrich your technical skills!
Volunteer group facilitators are: Dorie Dahlberg & Beverly R. & Michael S. Miller





Photography Group meets on the 1st Monday of the month @ 7:00-9:00pm

The BAC Photography Group is a casual, friendly group welcoming photographers of all skill levels, from novice to expert, to share their photos and knowledge. The aim of the group is for members to enjoy viewing one and others artwork each month and for the experienced photographers to discuss and share technical and creative thoughts with other members. Whether you use your phone, a point & shoot camera or a DSLR -please bring your photos (and a friend!) to share each month! Volunteer group facilitator is: Michael S. Miller.




Creative Writing Group meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8:30pm
Whether you have always written or always wanted to write, this group may be for you. The goal is simple: To improve your writing, whether you want to be published or simply stretch your creative muscles. Give and receive feedback to works in progress, discuss current markets, exchange publishing news and information and meet other members of your tribe. Writing can be lonely; the camaraderie of a supportive group with common goals may be just the thing to kick your writing up to the next level! New members, please observe at your first meeting. Please be familiar with our critique guidelines before participating. If you would like to read at an upcoming meeting, please email John to be put on the reading list and bring approximately 10 copies of your work to the meeting; limit is five DS pages. Fiction and non-fiction writers of all genres are welcome! Volunteer group facilitators are: John Hubert & Neil Schenck





Costumed Model Group meets on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month from 7-9:30 pm

The Costumed Model Group works on a single 2.5-hour pose with a costumed model each month. All media is welcome. This group is highly recommended for painters or other techniques that require longer poses. As we need to cover the cost of the model, we ask you to RSVP by the Monday prior to the Wednesday session to reserve your spot at $15 for  members / $20 for guests. (Model fees are not considered a member benefit, only the group meeting) Reserve your spot by emailing!
Volunteer group facilitators are: Joan Wallace & Patricia Hutchinson