Saturday, May 14, 2011

A Visit to Elizabeth Dinkel's Studio

Elizabeth Dinkel welcomed me to visit her in her studio a couple of weeks ago. The studio has a classic, artistic elegance about it as it sprawls above above some shops on Front Street, in Belleville, Ontario.

The ambiance took my breath away. The works of Elizabeth and her many artist friends, hung along the walls. Steel beams crossed the ceiling, a model's platform with background drapes sat in the central area and there was an area for socializing and coffee and a couple of other small rooms to complete it all.

When I walked into the studio, I found myself in the presence of half a dozen artists who were setting up their easels around the platform. Elizabeth introduced me to everyone and helped me prepare for 3 hours of artistic pleasure.

Elizabeth has lived in Belleville for 22 years and she is a transplant from Toronto.
Like many artists, she has always been blessed with the gift of the arts. She loved drawing as a child and her interest in art was developed by the art classes she took in Central Tech and the Ontario College of Art.

When her children were grown Elizabeth met fellow artist Igor Barbailov who was teaching in Belleville. He has since gone to the States where he has achieved success and acclaim. (Click here to visit his website)

Elizabeth began to flourish in the arts. She went on to become an excellent pastel portrait artist, and on one occasion painted a mural which found its home in a restaurant in Switzerland.

Elizabeth is proud, and rightly so, of her daughter who studied at the Florence Academy of Art, in Italy and who has become an excellent portrait artist. Her daughter learned to paint in the style of of the old masters.

Elizabeth has an obvious love for her studio, and she generously shares it with visiting artists, on Thursday afternoons. Elizabeth provides models and a warm atmosphere for people to grow and develop their skills.

This past month, she had a show along with 4 figurative artists at Gallery Art Plus in Belleville.

You can visit the Gallery Plus website by clicking here.

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