Lee McVey 's comment on Ten Reasons for the Emerging Artist to Join a Local Art Group

Lee McVey
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Joining art societies is an excellent way to meet fellow artists. When I moved to Albuquerque, I didn't know anyone.

Becoming a member of Pastel Society of New Mexico and Plein Air Painters of New Mexico has introduced me to many new friends and given me exposure for my artwork as well.

The benefits I've experienced, besides meeting fellow artists who are now my friends, have been volunteering, (art groups are my version of community service) giving presentations at the monthly meetings, giving demonstrations at their national shows, gaining students for my pastel classes, helpful information about painting and marketing, and just plain fun!

I encourage everyone to try out local art societies. There must be one in your area that would be a good fit for you.

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