Portraits presented

A Portrait Show will be presented by members of the Yosemite Western Artists (YWA) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8 at Gertrude School on Road 600 in Ahwahnee.

Admission is free and each person attending the show will receive a ticket for a drawing. The winner of that drawing will receive a free portrait done by their choice of the following participating artists: Trousers Akimbo (Bill Davis), Mary Jane Brewster, Doug Boomer, Shannon Grissom or Annie Mahle. Live music by area musicians and finger foods will also be featured at the show.

Eleven artists will have a variety of portraits and sculptures on display and for sale. Subjects include dancers, pioneer figures, goddesses, cowboys, fishermen, Native Americans, Father Christmas, literary characters, musicians and Civil War soldiers.

The Portrait Group of the YWA meets weekly from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday mornings at the Gertrude School to paint live models. These members share a passion for creating portraits.

“The Portrait Group is a great opportunity to paint from the live model, to learn from each other and to be with people who share the love of art,” said show participant Phyllis McAdams. She works in oil, acrylic and sculpture.

“Making art is both a personal exploration and at its best a way of communicating to others,” said Norma Rogers. She had been a photographer for number of years before she began sculpting in her 60s. She is now 83 and especially enjoys creating sculptures in bronze.

“Doing portrait paintings at our Portrait Group meetings is a real joy,” Boomer said. “There is a real challenge to capture the spirit of the model in the two-dimensional medium of paint.” He has been part of the group for 10 years. His mediums include photography, watercolor and acrylic.

“Once a week we gather at this magical place we call ‘The Gertrude,’” YWA president and Portrait Group member Shannon Grissom said. “Here we create, we encourage, we support one another. It’s my favorite event of the week.”

“My purpose in art has always been to paint people,” said Brewster, who paints in oil. “Before the Portrait Group, I had to rely on photos or sometimes to beg someone to hold still. There is an inner feeling of understanding that can only be felt and interpreted by seeing a live model. Every once in a while a model moves me deeply.”

“Painting with others helps to keep me focused and inspired,” said Mahle, a pastel and watercolor artist.

Others interested in painting live models may join the group on Fridays. The cost is $7 each week for YWA members and $10 for non-members. The group is also looking for models who are paid and are given the opportunity to purchase the portraits created by the artists.

For additional information about the Portrait Show, the YWA Portrait Group or about modeling, contact Shannon Grissom at (559) 580-1021,