Visual Artists’ Group

Artists’ Group Monthly Show:  November 2018

Artist of the Month:  Margie Lee “Tennis, Anyone?”

Artists’ Reception:  Sunday, November 18th, 6:00pm

The Art Group of St. James will be exhibiting Margie Lee’s pastel drawings of Women In Tennis beginning November 3rd. Margie says, “I love to capture movement in my art, whether it’s someone walking down the street or kids doing a hip hop dance. Movement to me represents life. It’s hard to capture and requires both the ability to draw from life and also to draw from the imagination. I do not use photographs as a reference because a moment is not a still. The artists hand is like a dance itself, in constant movement driven by the spirit within.
After watching Serena Williams compete for a Grand Slam several years ago, I was impressed with her strength. I saw that she was not afraid to look strong and muscular or get caught up in the feminine ideal of thinness forced on us by magazines and advertising.
At home growing up, I always watched tennis on TV with my dad: Wimbledon and the US Open in Forest Hills and other matches. We cheered for Margaret Court, Chris Evert, Billy Jean King and other women players. I also played tennis whenever I got a chance. In this series of drawings, I celebrate women’s strength and athleticism as well as the diversity we now see with women of color participating and excelling. The drawings are done in oil and water based pastels, mediums which capture motion which I have used since I was a very young artist.”

A reception for the artist will be held on Sunday, November 18th at 6:00pm after the Jazz Vesper service when Margie will be available to answer questions about her work.