Tuesday, April 29, 2014

"Between the Covers" Sketchbook Show

Between the Covers:
Artists and Their Sketchbooks 

Artbeat Gallery
Opening reception
Friday, May 9, 2014
7-9 pm

Artbeat gallery will be showcasing the sketchbooks of regional artists for three weeks in May at their Waynesburg, PA, location. The exhibit will give viewers a glimpse into the artists' creative process - a peek behind-the-scenes to see the planning and work that goes into creating an original work of art. 

While many artists use sketches as a stepping-stone to a larger more detailed piece of work, others see the sketchbook as an end in and of itself. For them, the sketchbook is the work of art. Both approaches will be featured at "Between the Covers". 

You'll see sketchbooks filled with everyday sketches and preparatory drawings, thumbnail sketches, and sketches that look more like finished paintings. Subject matter will include everything from barnyard animals to Venetian canals. Styles vary from loose and impressionistic to detailed and realistic. 

Get to know the artists as they talk about what inspires them and how they do what they do. This will be a chance to ask those questions that you've always wondered about.Some of the artists will even be demonstrating their art and techniques at the opening reception.

I'll be there, along with other Artbeat artists and several of my students whose work has inspired me. We'll have artists with a lifetime of experience, and others for whom this is a whole new adventure. I hope you'll support them by coming out to see their work. 

The show will run through May 31st. Artbeat is open Monday thru Friday 10 am - 5 pm, and Saturday 10 am - 4 pm.


  1. What a wonderful idea! I wish I lived nearby. I'm just learning to keep a sketchbook (and to sketch and paint, for that matter), and it would be so inspiring to get to see some real live sketchbooks. I love what you've chosen to display here in this post.

  2. How I wish I could go...I wonder if....Hmmm....Perhaps you will share some more of the sketchbooks here? Is the Art Beat your drawing as well? Have fun!!

    1. Yes, the Artbeat sketch is mine. I drew it one day as part of a page where I drew all the stops I made on a day of running errands in town.

      If you like, I'll take pictures of some of my favorite sketchbook pages from the show next Friday. I can't wait to see them all!


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