The Brockville Artists' Studio was founded in 1979 by ten artists, Fran Goodwin, John Ward, Marilyn Wallace, Mel Ferguson, Ted Bliss, Marie Armstrong, Dawn Code, Kay Howard, Eileen Field, and Jean Noel. Phyllis Sadler and Sophia Doyle. Two one-time members are still with the group today.
The club's original gathering place was located on the first floor of the old Victoria School which became the,"United Counties" property on Wall Street in Brockville. Later the art studio moved upstairs to accommodate the Montessori School. The County rented us the premises at 32 Wall Street for $175 a month, utilities included.
The club was formed to hold workshops and field trips. The studio provided members with a place to paint year round and with a location to show their art publicly each November. The room was also used to host an ongoing life drawing class every Friday afternoon. Members also hung work at various local establishments such as City Hall and King's Restaurant. Each member held a job so the organization ran smoothly and the workload was shared. Business meetings and critiques were held on alternative months.
In 1995, the Old School was renovated for the expansion of the United Counties Court and the BAS members had to find another meeting and show space. In 1995, our annual show was held at Fulford Place and from 1996 t0 2013 our art exhibition was held at the Brockville Museum. Now we have our yearly exhibition at the Brockville Memorial Centre in November and we meet once a month at Bridlewood Manor.
Today our members hang paintings at Sherwood Park Manor, Bridlewood Manor, the Thousand Island Bed and Breakfast Local Artists Gallery and the Royal Brock Retirement Centre. We have also had exhibitions at the Brockville Arts Centre.
The Brockville Artists' Studio is 38 years old. There has always been a good rapport and fellowship among its members. As in the past, we still proudly display "originals" only.