Casey Jo White took a stand in front of half a dozen performers on Thursday night at The Gallery.
Hoping not to move for 10 minutes, White took a few minutes to stretch before posing for the performers.
White served as a model at Thursday’s live modeling event.
The event, which the Gallery began organizing earlier this year, offers local artists the opportunity to practice portrait drawing.
Sharon Fansler, one of the artists also helping to organize the event, said one of the reasons The Gallery launched the event was to create an opportunity for people to visit the public square.
But it’s also an opportunity for them to experience something new, regardless of their experience or skill level in the arts.
“Because we’re just getting started and some people are very new to it, we try not to make it so difficult that they’re just inhibited by the whole process,” Fansler said.
The goal is not to win money and all the events offered are free.
“We’re just trying to open up the arts to people and say ‘hey, come in and try something. Try this,” she said during a brief break. “You don’t have to be professional at all. Sometimes they turn out very well and sometimes not so much, but you learn a bit each time you come.
The Gallery tries to get a different model each time. The models have usually been members of Shelby Art Guild or a family member.
And they are always looking for new models. Fansler has invited everyone – male or female – to participate and they are looking for different body types and races.
“It’s more interesting for us to draw and it’s better for us,” she said of a variety of models.
Live modeling sessions usually take place on the last Thursday of each month; however, last month’s session was postponed for a week. The next one will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on August 25.
Supplies are available for any newcomer wishing to participate for the first time.
And anyone interested but worried about not knowing how to draw is welcome to come see the artists in action, she said.
Fansler encouraged residents not to be intimidated by other performers.
“No, we are not professional in any way,” she said. “We are people who like to get together and do things like that.”
The artists have a varied background, from Wayne Campbell, who has been drawing for about 50 years, to a few new artists who started a few years ago.