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Despite the name – Tuesday Night Art Club – the reception for this group of artists was held on Friday night at Carry Out Cafe. (Yes, it did confuse some folks.)

Still, a large number of friends and family gathered to admire the paintings and wood block prints, drink a little wine, eat a few delicious bites, and even purchase some of the work. For those who couldn’t make it, the artwork will be on display at the Cafe through March. This was their second exhibit as a group, the first being at Angles and Art Gallery in Haverhill in 2011.

This talented and interesting gang, which includes Steve Bentley, Mark Hayden, Mimi Johnson, Justin Quinn and Jim Tinguely, gets together at Mark Hayden’s studio in Bradford, right behind the Bradford Green, every Tuesday night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to paint, converse & have fun.

Mark Hayden is a Copley Master whose first love is portraying people and finding the spirit behind the faces. He not only paints but also teaches, too. Jim Tiguely came to painting after a career as a Product Design Director in the Games, Toys, and Puzzles industry. His wood block prints have a whimsical, graphic quality. Steve Bentley is a graphic designer/photographer/illustrator and took up with this group to add painting to his repertoire. Mimi Johnson tries to paint every day and teaches Art at Londonderry (NH) High School. She is a very popular teacher, with many of her former students seeking her out years after graduation. The group has painted some of them and her present students also ask to pose. And local musician Justin Quinn (of the  acoustic blues band Roll and Tumble) is a renowned harmonica player, who quickly mastered painting by trading harp lessons for art lessons .

They all strive to capture the sense of character in their subject’s portraits. They are always looking for models to sit for them, so if you’d like to pose, please contact Steve Bentley by e-mail at [email protected] or phone him at 978.590.4477.

                     

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