Why are you called The Anonymous Society of Artists?
We take our name from art history. In 1874, a group of artists calling themselves the “Anonymous Society of Painters, Sculptors, Printmakers, etc.” organized an exhibition in Paris that launched the Impressionist Movement. These independent artists each had diverse approaches to painting, but were unified in their independence from the official Paris Salon. Their work is recognized today for its modernity, rejection of established styles, and its incorporation of new technology and ideas.
What is the purpose of your group?
The purpose of our art group is to bring together local artists in a spirit of camaraderie to help us achieve our individual creative goals.
How do I become a member?
We do not a charge fee or require the completion of a membership form. Artists who wish to join our group are simply encouraged to participate in our events.
When do you meet?
We typically hold group meetings once a month in order to catch up with one another and plan our events. We also meet on a weekly basis for indoor and outdoor drawing and painting sessions. Please refer to our calendar of events for details of the dates, times and locations. All of our events are free and open to newcomers.
Where do you meet?
Our meeting locations may vary from month to month, so please check our calendar of events to stay up to date on our upcoming meeting site. We have been fortunate to receive support from local businesses in the form of opportunities to show and sell our artwork, so we most often meet at those establishments which support us. When we meet weekly to draw and paint we try to stay close to Downtown St. Augustine, but we have ventured as far north as Eagle Creek and as far south as St. Augustine Shores. We maintain a list of our past drawing and painting locations and sometimes revisit favorite spots.
How many people are your group?
It’s hard to say. We have nearly 200 subscribers on our email mailing list. Six of us have biographies on this website, while others prefer to remain anonymous.