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

Lee McVey
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There are groups in which all the members are not serious about their artwork and never will be, and there are very good art groups in which there is a portion of the membership who are just dabblers, but a good portion of the membership are serious, dedicated artists.

In the 2 main groups I belong to, I choose to overlook the fact that not everyone shares my seriousness for painting, and focus on those who do.

Through Pastel Society of New Mexico, but especially through Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, I've had the opportunity to paint with some very well known artists in the southwest and gained a lot of networking advantages.

I still recommend art society membership for its artistic and social advantages--but you should know what your priorities are and what you want out of being a member.

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