Five artists will exhibit their paintings of portraiture in “Monday’s Faces” at Stillwater Community Center, Eighth and Duck, during June.

The five, Pat Evans, Velma Sanders, Judy Rhoads, Debbie Gauger and Clara Cavett, are members of the Monday Afternoon Portrait Group at Evans Art Studio.

Evans has been teaching drawing and oil painting to children and adults for 10 years in her studio at 116 W. Seventh.

After attending a portrait workshop with Sam Echols, she decided she needed some practice, so she invited the four other painters, members of Stillwater Art Guild, to her studio on Monday afternoons to draw and paint a model. Each painter took turns providing a live model, who was paid a small fee.

Evans, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art, has been accepted as a member of The Portrait Institute and is approved to teach John Sanden’s Portrait Workshops, but with the portrait group, she said, she just enjoys herself and does not teach.

Rhoads was given a gift certificate for lessons with Evans by the PTA when she retired from a lifetime of teaching and counseling in Stillwater schools.

She has been studying with Evans for two years, and her specialty is drawing people with Prismacolor pencils and pastels.

“Painting portraits gives me another way of communicating the soul, beauty and personality of another, and to share in the lives of others,” she said.

Sanders, known throughout the state for her art work and her leadership in the Stillwater Art Guild, has painted portraits for more than 20 years, only a few of them from life.

She welcomed the opportunity to join Evans Art Studio and work with a live model, she said.

“Pat offered the use of her studio on Monday afternoons. Since then, my work has improved in every way. I painted faster and used better color choices and perspective,” she said.

Gauger, a mother of two daughters, is very active in the Stillwater Art Guild, having served as vice president for two years.

She worked in oils until she attended a workshop with Dale Martin, PSA, in pastels and found she loved the medium. She paints portraits with pastels.

Cavett, a resident of Newkirk, read about the open studio in the Stillwater Art Guild newsletter and decided it was worth driving 65 miles from Newkirk to practice painting portraits in oil with a live model.

The Ponca City Art Guild, where she is a member, does not offer life drawing, so she organized a group in Ponca City.

“It’s slow getting started, but our group is now painting on Tuesdays. Everyone is enthusiastic over our new class,” she said.

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