Canal Side artists showcase diverse styles, subjects in Marion

Sep 5, 2019

MARION — The Canal Side Artists got their name from moving up and down the canal to paint at different sites. Although they travel beyond the tri-town, their exhibit at the Benjamin D. Cushing Community Center includes some familiar views of Marion and Mattapoisett. 

The Canal Side Artists focus primarily on watercolors, but besides that “we all paint different things in different ways,” said Helen Johnson, a Rochester resident and artist in the group that helped to organize the exhibit. 

The group has an instructor, who will teach what Johnson called “the basics of how paint and water move,” and suggest something to paint. 

But artists can also bring the projects they have been working on to group sessions.  

The group has up to 15 artists, though the attendance is much lower at some sessions.  

The group has also exhibited at the Rochester Council on Aging and the Marion Art Center in the past — “we kind of hang everywhere,” Johnson said. What’s more, some of the artists in the group enter and win art contests. 

But when they are together, the group isn’t competitive. 

“I always learn from everyone else. And we always welcome new people to join,” Johnson said. 

The exhibit will be on display at the Benjamin D. Cushing Community Center until Oct. 30.