Why make art?

Gerry Draper, president of the Nampa Art Guild, used a quote by Eric Rhodes, publisher of “Plein Air Magazine” to answer that question in a recent newsletter.

“The magic of painting is that it can have an impact on your longevity,” he writes.

Painting your way to a long life sounds pretty rewarding.

The Nampa Art Guild holds open painting sessions 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday at 1012 11th Ave. in the Fleet Reserve Building and non-members as well as members are welcome.

The group also holds monthly live talks and demonstrations from local and visiting artists.

Upcoming workshops, which are $25, include such topics as: drawing human features, drawing a hand, and drawing from a live model.

Some painting sessions include soup or “baked potato day,” said Marcia Yiapan, second vice-president of the group. Yiapan has been painting “all my life,” she said. “I paint in acrylics now.”

The guild has been around for 55 years and includes amateurs as well as professional artists, men and women, in its membership.

It also has several big art shows every year, and exhibits regularly at Washington Federal Bank in Nampa.

There will be a reception from 4:30 to 7 p.m. for an art show at Initial Point Gallery on the third floor at Meridian City Hall on Friday, Sept. 27.

Yearly membership is $30 and anyone who loves art is encouraged to join, Yiapan said.

To become a member or for more information, visit the website: nampaartguild.org.

Jeanne Huff is the community engagement editor for the Idaho Press. You can reach her at 208-465-8106 and follow her on Twitter @goodnewsgirl.

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