Open Studio

Lila Bartel has hosted an "Open Studio" event for 25 years. They recently celebrated their anniversary!  If you look at the Events Calendar, you will see it listed every Thursday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

January 18, 2024

No, Laurine is not eating the pastels....

Two ladies.

Each with fork in hand....

LuAnn is eating her lunch.

Laurine is cleaning pastels.

(Did you know that you can clean chalk pastels with corn meal? )

August 10

Nine artists met this week. They worked with watercolor, colored pencils, and acrylic paint. 

July 27

Sometimes, those who show up on Thursday do a group exercise.

After following the instructions of Marilyn Allis (101 Top Techniques for Artists, by the Society for All Artists) members decided to post the pieces as "Refrigerator Art."

June 29

Eleven artists were busy in the TAG classroom during Thursday's Open Studio.
Guest speaker Mike Hahn, whose works are inspired by the earth, shared a great deal of information about working with clays and paints made from natural materials.  
A great deal of paperwork was completed, as the Thursday group prepares to be featured as "Artists of the Month."
Be sure to visit the gallery in July and pay special attention to "the red wall...."
"Open Studio" is a great benefit for TAG members. Where else could you go view works in progress, learn from guest speakers, discuss media and techniques, and hang out with art friends?!?!?

June 22 

Open Studio

June 15

The Thursday Open Studio continues to be popular. Any guild member is welcome to join this group. Drop by for a few minutes or a few hours! It's a great way to get to know your fellow TAG members.

On June 15, nine artists were present. Committee chair Marie Plinsky visited the group and announced that the July will feature an "Artists of the Month" exhibit: the Open Studio Group. Perhaps we need an acronym? The O.S.G. ?!?!?

On June 15 nine artists were presesnt. Committee Chair Marie Plinsky visited the group and annouonced that the July "Artists of the Month exhibit: the Open Studio Group. Perhaps we need an acrobnym? The O.S.G?!?!

There should be a variety of media on display, since members of the group work with watercolor, colored pencil, graphite oil paint, and acrylic paint.

Fearless leader Lila Bartel is our cover girl this week.

June 8

Open Studio

From 1:00 to 4:00 on Thursdays, the Topeka Art Guild is the place to find artists at work. On June 8, Ralph Krumins joined the group for the first time. In this picture, the acrylic landscape is still a Work-In-Progress. Perhaps you will see the finished piece in the Topeka Art Guild Gallery....

Lin Fredericksen is busily working on a new pastel drawing. 

 John Riordan displays a finished piece, while Linda Lilja receives a bit of advice from Cynthia Einspahr. 

MAY 24

If you dropped by the gallery on Wednesday, May 24, you would have seen a LOT of activity.

In the classroom, five members were working with acrylic paints.

In the Gallery, you might have met a Silver Lake artist and her family, taking a last look at the wonderful student art on display.

One of the most exciting aspects of being an active TAG member is meeting the young artists who exhibit in our gallery.


Madison Teel, a student from Silver Lake who exhibited her art in May, created this fascinating ceramic piece. She has plans to continue working it. Adding paint is just one possibility.

If she likes the results, we may get to show another picture on the TAG website! Stay tuned to this page!

MAY 17

What Goes on During "Open Studio?"

Mostly... we learn from each other. We try new art media and new techniques. Recently, Connie English tried acrylic paint over a watercolor base. Here are some photos of the different stages of the painting:

May 11

One of our scholarship winners, Adisyn Stoler, came to the gallery to pick up her art during one of the Thursday Open Studio events. Members of the group asked her to do a demonstration some time.

Adisyn kindly visited us on May 11. Her colored pencil drawings require many hours of work. She showed us a few of her methods and answered many questions from an excited audience.

It was a delightful experience to see a young artist sharing her gifts with her... elders...< grin >

May 10 and 17: Laurine Jarboe works on her sunflower painting.

May 3

Lin painted a lovely piece from a reference photo that she brought along. She used only four different tubes of acrylic to create all these lovely colors, and worked in the style of  < ? > (I forgot to write down the name. I'll insert it later!)

Lila spent most of the time adding marvelous lettering to the sign that I wanted to place outside of the gallery doors, to entice new people into the classroom.

THAT is what being a member of TAG means to me: spending time with other artists who I now consider friends.

April 27

We experimented with alcohol ink!

Marla had fun making an abstract design on tile.

Lin experimented with alcohol ink on Crescent board. She then drew over the ink with a graphite pencil. 

Lila made a monochrome tile, and moved the inks around until she achieved a little flower image.

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