“See What Stacey Started” Live Model Drawing Session.

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Date(s) - 10/16/2019
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The Phoenix Cafe


Sessions are now starting at 8pm and going until 11pm.

this is an informal drawing session with a live model (usually clothed, bikini or similar) Anyone is welcome to attend, as long as you are there to create art. Any medium is welcome, as long as you can clean up after (no photography, just doesn’t fit the setting here.) If you are interested, please get in touch with Brian Lewandowski or Steven Gamburd and let us know you are coming.

there are no drawing boards or drawing tables at the Phoenix ( we’re working on that,) but we can use the cafe tables and chairs, along with some smaller tables that we have been collecting. this is very informal, just something fun for anyone interested in drawing from a live model. there is a $10.00 fee for the model and for The Phoenix Cafe Hazel Park fees.

we will have the usual coffee and soda available for donation (no outside drinks or alcohol, please.) let us know if you have any questions. we hope to see you there.

See What Stacey Started is a weekly live model drawing session that was started in June of 2013. It was created to fill a hole in the Phoenix Cafe schedule, and to get more of the artists and the local Detroit area community involved with the Phoenix Cafe. It was modeled after weekly live model sessions that ran in the art department at Central Michigan University. That was a place where ANYONE could go to draw, no matter what skill level or experience, in a comfortable, welcoming setting.”
[ History of the Event ]

After our first couple sessions at the Phoenix, we decided to give our little drawing group a name, since, well, it needed one. “See What Stacey Started” This name means a lot to me and I hope that it sticks with everyone who joins our sessions. Long story short, Stacey Skiera was one of my best friends at CMU, and the entire reason I started doing figure drawing. She dragged me to one of those weekly open figure drawing sessions in the art department, and I instantly fell in love with it (even though I HATED drawing the figure prior to that. Unfortunately, Stacey passed away in 2004 due to complications from Multiple Sclerosis, and I never got the chance to really tell her how much it meant to me that she convinced me to go to that first open figure drawing session. I have been working with the human figure, in my own art, for over 20 years thanks to Stacey. This is my way of showing the world the effect she had on me. I also find it appropriate that she is now indirectly influencing everyone who comes to OUR sessions. So come draw with us and –

See What Stacey Started!

Brian Lewandowski, Phoenix Cafe Gallery Coordinator/’94 CMU Alumni.

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