by Jayne Couch Molony 

In a bid to foster artistic expression and community engagement, a new initiative has emerged in North Grenville, local artists drawing together for a weekly life drawing session. Every Friday from 4 to 7 pm, a dedicated group of artists convenes in the basement of St. John’s United Church on Prescott Street in Kemptville to explore the human form through sketching and drawing.

Led by Jennifer Gow, a passionate local artist committed to enriching the visual arts scene in her community, these gatherings are an opportunity to hone their skills, connect with fellow artists, and contribute to the local cultural landscape.

Art has the power to bring people together, to inspire creativity, and to celebrate the beauty of our surroundings. Jennifer Gow is instrumental in launching this initiative. Providing a space for life drawing, organizing the models to support local artists with their creative endeavors and nurturing a sense of camaraderie and collaboration within our community.”

One distinctive aspect of this program is its emphasis on hiring local individuals to sit as models for the group. By doing so, the initiative not only provides economic opportunities for residents but also fosters a sense of connection and mutual support within the community.

The life drawing sessions began in 2003 and has garnered interest from budding and seasoned artists alike.

As North Grenville continues to evolve as a hub for arts and culture, initiatives like the weekly life drawing sessions serve as a testament to the community’s commitment to fostering creativity, connection, and economic vitality.

For more information contact Jennifer Gow at


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