‘Encouraging creativity in our community, and bringing art to the people ‘
The Marion Art Group (MAG) is a not-for-profit association formed in 1978 when founding member, Sue Schilling provided an opportunity for artists to meet, share and develop their skills and exhibit their work. Soon a group of 30 people regularly met in a hall in Warradale, but as numbers grew it became obvious that a bigger hall was needed and a move to the Marino Community Hall was made in July 1989.
Over the years the group has gained much standing in the art community, exhibiting very successfully in a variety of venues. Usually we present 2-3 Marion Art Group exhibitions in the local area each year. Often these exhibitions are on our screens in shopping centres, providing us with opportunity to ‘bring’ our art to the general public. We also encourage our members to enter their work in Rotary art shows and exhibit at other community venues in groups or singly.
Each year the group nominates a charity or cause and raises funds through the raffling of a member’s art work at each MAG exhibition. We have also organised on occasions, trading tables at the Marion community hall, to raise money for our current charity.
Monday Studio Sessions:
Marion Art Group is about making connections with other artists, sharing skills, ideas, exchanging advice and planning and preparing to exhibit together at various venues. There is no expectation to exhibit with the group , but opportunities are there if wanted. We work together in this way at our Studio Sessions on Mondays at the Marino Community Hall between 9.30 am and 12.30 pm. We work on our own art and socialise, enjoying the diversity of characters in our group.
The yearly fee is $35.00 and weekly studio session fee is $5.00.
Our members have access to a well stocked library with books and DVDs on many subjects and mediums. We do encourage our members to learn from each other, but we do not provide formal teaching sessions.
We are a vibrant, creative group of people who enjoy a challenge and enjoy the process of becoming proficient in our chosen media. We appreciate and respect each other’s varied skills, backgrounds and ages. We are a drawing and painting group. From pencil to oils (water based), our members work in all mediums and styles.
The group has recently returned to weekly Studio Sessions for 2021 and is adhering to the mandatory Covid Safe plan we have had approved. We have now re-instated our optional monthly still life and portraiture sessions and will conduct occasional excursions, workshops and artist demonstrations when it is safe to do so.