Dr. Sketchy has made house calls to the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center three times so far. The doctor return this Friday for the drawing pleasure of the Art Walk crowds who are certain to congregate at the Art Center for its night of high fashion featuring the statement-making art and haute couture of Helen Gerro and exquisite pieces from the collection of Maria Pia of Dore Designs.
Even though this is Dr. Sketchy’s fourth trip to the Art Center, some confusion yet persists over what Dr. Sketchy is all about. In short, Dr. Sketchy provides both a muse (or model) and an opportunity for artists of all skill levels to practice the fundamental skill of drawing in graphite (pencil), pen and ink, pastels or some other preferred medium.
In essence, Dr. Sketchy offers a fun-filled, almost frivolous alternative to the formal, stogy art school experience that turns off so many aspiring artists. To lighten up the artistic experience, Dr. Sketchy selects casual venues such as hip lounges, trendy cafes and coffee shops and, on Friday night, the limestone steps of the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Where better to spend an hour or so drawing than under the Ionic columns and entablature of the neoclassic revival Art Center in illumination supplied by the Jim Sanborn light sculpture known as Caloosahatchee Manuscripts?
And to further inject an air of lightheartedness into the endeavor, and challenge the artists to encapsulate the model’s personality and uniqueness, Dr. Sketchy muses typically don intriguing, if not provocative garb. For example, the muse for Dr. Sketchy’s late September event in Punta Gorda decked herself out as Mother Nature. Expectantly, the lovely Jessica Anders was six months pregnant and glowing with fecundity. The muse for Art Walk, 18-year-old aspiring actress Alexandra Holmes, will come as a SteamPunk time traveler sporting her best retro-futuristic ensemble. And on October 26, the muse will be Grace Johnson, who will be channeling her inner Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.
To keep it real, Dr. Sketchy organizer Heathyre Perara only allows the muse to hold her pose for 5 minutes, sometimes less, in order to force sketchers to work quickly, concentrating on the big picture and not getting bogged down in the details. In this aspect, participants recreate the experience of en plein air Impressionist artists who must constantly discipline themselves to paint what their eyes actually see rather than what their head tells them is there.
Whether you dabble or make your living creating art, Dr. Sketchy provides a unique experience to hone your skills, train your eye and foster some comaradie with fellow artists of all skill levels.
So bring your art supplies, iPads and even your iPhones to the stairs of the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center for a liberating trip into the future … your future … in art.