Saxtons River Art Guild hosts painting workshop on Oct. 21

SAXTONS RIVER — The Saxtons River Art Guild will host a one-day workshop with Vermont watercolorist John Dimick on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the United Church of Bellows Falls, 8 School St., from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Workshop fees are $70 for SRAG members and $90 for nonmembers.

The theme of the workshop is "Painting Urban Landscapes." This is open to all abilities with some watercolor experience suggested. Participants will need to bring a completed drawing, as well as a 1-inch flat brush. Dimick will guide a value study of buildings, starting with underpainting in Payne's gray, followed by splattering the background, and then painting the local color.

Artists interested in the urban landscape theme and work in other media can contact Dimick to discuss the possibilities of registering for this workshop. In addition to working in watercolors, he has painted urban and architectural scenes in oils.

Dimick has won awards at various juried shows. Vermont Artisans Designs in Brattleboro carries many of his paintings, prints, and notecards. He was the cover artist featured in the January/February edition of Monadnock Table magazine. Writer Diana Damato described his work as ranging from "nature-based scenes to city sites, including locations in downtown Brattleboro, machine shops, unique perspectives of bridges, and western United States and European settings."

Examples of his work may be viewed on his website,

The Saxtons River Art Guild is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote and encourage the advancement of the fine arts with about 80 members throughout the Monadnock region in New Hampshire, the southern Connecticut River Valley area of Vermont, and western Massachusetts.

Their activities include: exhibit and sales venues, classes and workshops, open studio time and plein air gatherings, and trips to museums and galleries. An art scholarship is awarded yearly to a qualified senior from an area high school who is going on to a four-year major in the arts.

SRAG will provide coffee and tea at the workshop; participants should bring a lunch. To register or for more information, contact Carolyn Berglund at [email protected]. Masks and COVID-19 vaccinations are required to attend.

This The Arts item was submitted to The Commons.

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