Ponoka artist Sandra Bingeman’s work was front and centre at the Ponoka Art Club show and sale over the weekend.
There were dozens of pieces of work that Bingeman was able to showcase to attendees. She works in a variety of mediums.
“I’ve done water colour for about 15 years and then I started experimenting with other things: oils, acrylics, pastels,” said Bingeman.
She enjoys being able to show folks what she has accomplished over the years but also to see the many supporters. “There’s a lot of people who like the art.”
As for her work, Bingeman says it’s something she’s always wanted to do. She started in high school but life and kids kind of took over for a while. “I got back at it 20 years ago.”
“I just like doing it. Everything that you see is a potential painting,” said Bingeman.
Her main style is to take a photo of a scene and then bring it back to the studio to paint. This method has worked well for her over painting outdoors.
“I need to plan a painting and know what I’m doing before I start,” she explained.
“There’s some paintings and drawings here that have taken over 30 hours.”
Bingeman is also the featured artist at Lacombe’s spring art show and sale coming up.
Art club looking for more members
A big focus for Ponoka’s art club is to see increased attendance.
Treasurer Lyla Langford says they host regular art classes for members and she feels it’s an exciting part of the club. There’s regular sessions in the spring and fall as well as Tuesday drop-in sessions.
“We have professional artists coming in from quite a few different areas,” said Langford.
Her hope is to create more informal drop in sessions for members non non members. She added that they are talking about changing the club so that it’s more available to the general public regardless of their skill level.
Anyone interested can find the art club on Facebook at Ponoka Art Club.