Over the course of five weeks in January 2018, artists of all mediums gathered at Anythink Brighton. Mentored by artist and adult guide Aria Marco, participants were given a goal for the duration of their time together: complete one finished piece, one that could be put on display or used in an artist’s portfolio.
“Thinking about my own experience as an artist wanting to become professional, I didn’t even know exactly what I needed,” says Marco of her inspiration for running this series. “I was lucky to have people in my life to teach me how to make a portfolio. Art is a difficult field because, unless you’re going to school to study it, you’re on your own. It’s helpful to find a community.”
To help share her expertise and provide a space for that local art community to form, Marco hosted demonstrations in watercolor and acrylic painting techniques, as well as pen and ink tutorials. After trying their hands at different mediums, everyone was invited to pick their preferred technique and develop their art week after week. In addition to providing a venue for new works and a new local artist meetup, the Artist Portfolio Showcase culminated with a public display and artist reception on Feb. 6, 2018, at Anythink Brighton, complete with music, refreshments and conversation.
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