Brown Bag Creative Club inaugural gathering at Audubon

Submitted Photo Artists Kimberly Turner and Patricia Spicer invite creatives of any discipline to join their Brown Bag Creative Club, a shared monthly studio session. Their first gathering will be Thursday, Jan. 3, 5 to 8 p.m. at Audubon Community Nature Center. Pictured is Turner’s watercolor and ink “River Otter,” part of her Natives series.

JAMESTOWN — At this beginning of a new year, two area artists are joining forces to start new habits and traditions, initiating an opportunity for creative individuals to meet and grow together beginning Thursday, Jan. 3.

Kimberly Turner and Patricia Spicer invite creatives of all disciplines in northwestern Pennsylvania and western New York to be part of their Brown Bag Creative Club (BBCC).

“We want others to join us for a shared monthly studio session, to give their art practice the attention it deserves and find the community they deserve,” said Turner.

The BBCC will meet the first Thursday of every month at Audubon Community Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Road, Jamestown. The inaugural gathering is Thursday, Jan. 3, 5-8 p.m.

The purpose of the group is to form a community where artists can work alongside each other on individual projects, provide inspiration and constructive critique, share knowledge and opportunities, and keep each other accountable to continue creating.

Turner and Spicer are designing BBCC as a “bring your own…” club. The space and good company are provided, but you bring your own artwork and art supplies to work on your own projects.

The first meeting will be for getting acquainted. You are encouraged to bring one of your current projects or a piece you feel expresses you and your work well. After a brief “show and tell” introduction, there will be a larger discussion about the plans for the group. Then participants will spend the remaining time working on their individual projects. Snacks will be provided.

A Dunkirk native, Turner lives in Warren, Pa. With an MFA from Indiana University Bloomington and BFAs from SUNY Fredonia, she has taught at colleges and universities. Her love of animals and the natural world brought her to Audubon Community Nature Center full-time, but she continues to make time for her art practice. She was a presenting artist in Jamestown’s 2016 Women Create exhibit. You can learn more about Turner and her work at kimberlyturnerart.com/portfolio.html.

For more information, email BrownBagCreatives@gmail.com or visit Brown Bag Creative Club’s Facebook page, https://m.facebook.com/groups/2574607595890624.

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