Marieka Zimmerman puts the finishing touches on her portrait at Guerilla Art Days Saturday.

Marieka Zimmerman puts the finishing touches on her portrait at Guerilla Art Days Saturday.

Guerilla Art Days at Smithers Art Gallery

A drop-in program to help burgeoning artists perfect their potraiture continues this weekend at the Smithers Art Gallery.

A drop-in program to help burgeoning artists perfect their potraiture continues this weekend at the Smithers Art Gallery.

Anyone interested in possibly painting a person coming in to model for the class on Saturday should contact artist Bev Gordon at beverleybobshe@yahoo.ca to let her know they are coming.

Lessons continue Sunday, with a group critique to help improve artistic skill on Jan. 29.

A donation of $5-10, plus a $10 fee for the model, is requested. People must bring their own supplies.

Gordon is in Smithers doing a locum as an X-ray technician at the hospital.

She has experience teaching portraiture in Labrador, and also gave lessons on elements of design in Stewart. She trained in fine art at UBC Okanogan.

The art gallery was closed for January until Gordon approached with the idea of giving lessons.

When I heard the gallery would be empty in January, I though that was a perfect opportunity and jumped in,” said Gordon.

Keeping things relatively simple, Gordon sees the classes as “freeing”.

The whole idea of this series of classes is to free people up from doing really tight stuff. With the exercises, this frees people up to go back with some tools.”