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

Abstract Open Studio is set to resume in Spring of 2019. Please email Sandy Taylor, staylorbelmarstudios@gmail.com , with questions or for more information.

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.

 

 

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

 

 

Fiber Fridays meets 9/28 and 11/30 from 1-2:30pm

We’re bringing back Fiber Fridays! Please join us for our first meeting on Friday, September 28th from 1 to 2:30pm. This Special Interest Group is open to all BAC members at no cost. Non-members are welcome try out two meetings before joining. We are a diverse and creative group with members who make art using materials of all kinds including fabric, paper, baskets, beads, yarn, thread, fleece, and found materials. Please bring an example of your artwork for “Show and Tell” to share with the group. We will demo a specific technique and supply written instructions. If you are interested in Fiber Art in any form, please join us and bring a friend!