Reston Art Club

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Reston Art Club

The Reston Art Club came into existence a little over thirty years ago. Cathy House was approached by a local resident, Eileen Greig, regarding painting lessons for adults. Cathy had just moved to Reston from Shoal Lake with her husband, an Anglican priest, and their family. She had been a member of the Virden Art Club in the past and at that time was with the Shoal Lake Club where she had developed and taught a series of sessions for children.

In the fall of 1986, a beginner's class of five introductory sessions was held in the Reston Elementary School, with a good attendance. The Session were on the basic principles of painting - shapes, forms, shading, shadows, perspective, colour, etc. Everyone had hands-on experience with painting in watercolours, oils and acrylics that proved very exciting, but disastrous, at time. There was always plenty of fun and much laughter as everyone developed their own expression of painting. Members were given suggestions on what to buy for supplies, paints, paper, easels, etc.

About twice a year these five sessions were offered by Cathy, and new painters were added to the group. A children's class came into existence and sessions were held in the Willowview Personal Care Home. There were often hilarious moments - which only the members can explain!

After a number of sessions the members were astounded by their new ability to see things which they had never seen before, and were eater to share their talents with the community. The first annual Arts Display and Tea was held in June 1988. The Legion Hall, Memorial Theatre and elementary school graciously served as art galleries throughout the years. Since 2009 this annual event has been held in the Reston United Church basement.

In the early years, the club continued with sessions weekly and workshops with guest artists were held several times a year. Weekly sessions were held in St. John's Parish Hall, the United Church basement, the school, Dennis County Cafe or in Members' basements. For several years the club has been meeting in the Reston Place Mall.

Various artists who shared their talents were Kurt Schultz, Lorraine MacDonald, Faye Jelly, Gwen Decorte, Kady Denton, Orris Steinberg, Len Sandiman and others. Some of the Club's own members very capably provided instruction on several workshops.

Members also attended workshops offered in surrounding communities: the Art Gallery in Brandon, McAuley, Birtle and Melita. Members entered pictures in the juried art show from time to time.

Some of the members were asked to provide painting sessions in the elementary school and the collegiate. Ben Reid and Hazel Stonehouse received the Educators Aware from the school division in appreciation for their efforts.

Grants from the municipality were received for several years to help with the club's expenses when getting started. Cathy House, Eileen Greig, Bev Reid, Hazel Stonehouse and Donna Davis have been responsible for keeping the books and coordinating the club's activities.

Over the years the Reston Art Club has continued to change and grow, and the members sill have the feeling of creative excitement as they put their brushes to paper and attempt to express the world around them.

Back row, left to right: 

Bev Reid, Joann Sauve, Sherry Kendrick. Janelle Campbell, Monica Campbell, Nancy Schiltroth, Donna Davis

 

Front row, left to right: Laurel Morris, Virden

Marianne Olfrey, Judy Lochhead, Cathy House, Brandon

Missing: Sylvia Halls, Hazel Stonehouse

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