How a chance meeting led to hundreds of new art pieces: The story behind Sketch Staunton
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How a chance meeting led to hundreds of new art pieces: The story behind Sketch Staunton

Skip to main content West Beverly Street nocturne sketch from Sept. 5, 2019. Art by Penelope Matallana. (Photo: Provided by Christine Watts) STAUNTON — Christine Watts headed to the library last winter with a mission to find a particular urban sketching book. Luckily, Maureen Gray, a stranger at the time, was at the library when she arrived, returning the book on Watts’ to-read list. If their encounter was a scene in a movie, it might seem unbelievable. But their chance meeting happened here in Staunton, and led not only to a new friendship, but also to the creation of a sketching community group called Sketch Staunton. Since Sketch Staunton was founded in March 2019, over 50 people joined the Facebook group and at least 5 people meet up every Thursday from 2-4 p.m. to sketch urban scenes in Staunton. They also meet the third Sunday of each month so people who are not free on weekdays can participate. The group’s Instagram account currently has 256 posts, mostly of original sketches, and nearly 300 followers. When Watts and Gray met at the library, they both wanted to find more time to sketch, but felt hesitant to do it alone. They […]

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