For most artists, capturing a true likeness of the human form is a difficult task. The art of portraiture requires a person to understand the finite aspects of the body, and recreate them on canvas. Each brush stroke is essential, because if one eye or finger is off balance then the entire portrait is shot.
The Toledo Artists’ Club (TAC) will host its “People and Portraits Exhibition” Oct. 28 with a reception Oct. 30. The TAC is an organization dedicated to the fellowship of artists and educational growth in fine and visual arts. Each month they spotlight artists with an opportunity to submit work for exhibition within a theme.
Artist and chair of the “People and Portraits” exhibition Bruce Watrol said that this month’s theme is inspired by notion that, “People like looking at people.”
“It’s sort of fun to watch people walk by,” Watrol said. “I think of a football game, or Las Vegas. We know what we look like in the mirror, but here is an opportunity to look at other people. Sometime’s people avert their eyes when they know they’re being looked at. But with portraiture, there is an opportunity to really look at somebody. I think people can realize how difficult painting a portrait really is.”
For the “People and Portraits” exhibition, artists submitted their work October 20th and 21st to be judged for the show. According to Watrol, last year’s “People and Portraits” exhibition had approximately 100 submissions, and 60 were selected.
“We’re trying to embrace portraiture,” Watrol said. “We’re looking for what is hard for artists to capture, which is a recognizable likeness drawn to figure.”
Although the TAC’s juror cherry-picks certain pieces for the show, the work that is not selected is showcased in the TAC’s studio gallery at the reception so that viewers can appreciate the entire body of work.
“Sometimes work is rejected for one reason or another,” Watrol said. “It’s the juror’s idea of what was best for the show. You have to let really nice work go. This way, people who submitted their work still have an opportunity for exhibition.”
The reception is an event for artists, their models, and viewers to gather and experience the work come to life. Watrol exclaimed the value of having the models present at the event. It allows the audience to contemplate intricate differences between the art and the reality of the subject.
The body of work is composed of independent, academic, and professional artists from Toledo and the Northwest Ohio area. In the past, work submitted to the TAC’s “People and Portraits” exhibition has gone on to be showcased at the Toledo Museum of Art and honored by members of the Portrait Society of America.
“We’re trying to reach out to all of the artists,” Watrol said. “This is something that they can help make the best in this area. It is not just a show for professional elites. You will see all levels of work being exhibited.”
The “People and Portraits” exhibit opens on Oct. 28 and the reception will be held on Oct. 30 from 2-4 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.