Sketches at Summerfield
The Summerfield Art Guild will host its annual art show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct 20, at the Summerfield Clubhouse. The show gives guild members a chance to show some of their latest pieces to the public.
Among those sharing their work will be King City resident Bonnie Burlew, a new member of the Guild. Burlew, an oil painter, said she finds "a lot of camaraderie" in the guild.
"They're a great group," she said. "They like learning and growing, and being the best artist you can be. … Painting is a very isolating activity. Having that connection gives you that social outlet, plus you help and encourage each other."
Until recently, Burlew was a member of the American Society of Marine Artists. She often takes trips to the Oregon coast to paint and be inspired by natural scenery.
"I just love the ocean," she said. It's so powerful and beautiful and scary and peaceful."
Burlew sells her work locally and also is an avid collector of local work. She said the annual guild show is important for "educating the public about what is happening in the community."
"There's a lot of great art here, but it's hard to get your name out there," she said. "People just don't realize how important local art is."
Summerfield resident JJ Gattuccio also will show her work. She joined the guild, which meets every third Monday of the month at 3 p.m. at the Summerfield Clubhouse, about three years ago.
Gattuccio works with watercolors and acrylics.
"I like watercolor because I like the flow of it," she said. "I like how the colors flow into each other. But I like acrylics, because if you make a mistake, you can just paint over it."
Gattuccio said she will spend a few months getting an acrylic painting just right. She has been painting since the 1990s, but has never had any formal art training. She laughs as she talks about how she doesn't pay attention to corresponding colors on the color wheel.
"I saw a picture once and thought, I'd like to paint that," she said. "I love color. … I sometimes do it all wrong, but I like it."
Animals are Gattuccio's specialty — she is especially proud of a painting of a lion from The Oregon Zoo — but she said she'd like to get better at depicting human faces.
"I find faces very intriguing, but they don't sell," she said. "No one wants the face of someone they don't know."
Gattuccio said she looks forward to seeing what her fellow Summerfield Art Guild artists are working on each month, and providing constructive criticism to each other.
"The guild is getting bigger and bigger, and more people are joining," she said. "And we're getting more popular with our art show. It seems to be growing, and that's a good thing."