Studio 1010 artists show works at Hicks reception

Michael Oleksyn/Daily Herald There was a large turnout for the Studio 1010 Art Group reception at the John V. Hicks Art Gallery in the Prince Albert Arts Centre on Saturday.

The Studio 1010 Art Group is hosting their annual Fall Art Show and Sale at the John V. Hicks Gallery in the Prince Albert Arts Centre this month and hosted a reception on Saturday, Oct. 14.

The 1010 art group is a group of local artists who meet every Monday afternoon to work on their individual art projects. There are no oil or water-based oils and there is no instructor. They are named after the address of the Arts Centre and have been around for over a decade in the city.

Studio 1010 has been painting each Monday in the space across the hall from the Hicks Gallery for 15 years.

Randi Lalonde and Al McNeice have both recently joined the group. McNeice started about a year ago, while Lalonde came on board roughly two months ago. Both artists have enjoyed the experience.

“It is great,” Lalonde said. “The people are really friendly and welcoming and it’s just a nice atmosphere.”

“It’s nice to get together with like-minded people,” McNeice added.

McNeice works in pen and ink while Lalonde works in other formats.

This was both Lalonde and McNeice’s first show at the Hicks and they were pleased to be in the space.

“It’s wonderful,” Lalonde said. “The Hicks is a beautiful gallery. I’ve been here many times to visit and just to see what is here. It’s just a beautiful space.”

“It’s nice to have a place for the community to show their stuff,” McNeice said.

Studio 1010 currently has 14 members. That’s slightly down from their pre-pandemic membership total, but longtime member Judie Relitz said they are growing steadily.

“We’re getting up there and we can always use more,” she said. “It’s very casual. People just come and they bring their art supplies, paper, paint, pencils, their brushes and set up a table and paint.”

The group has no formal instructors, although senior members often encourage rookie artists, and share tips and tricks they know.

“It’s good in that way and then we have a show again in the fall at the Library,” Relitz explained.

“There is a charge that is $80 for the year and that covers our rent, so if the city decides to raise the rent for the Art centre, we have to increase our money, but that’s where it all goes.

“In December, we have a Christmas lunch together and that’s always good, always nice to socialize together,” she added.

If you are interested in joining Studio 1010 contact Relitz at for further information. They meet on Monday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and you can set up a table and join.

The Studio 1010 show runs at the Hicks Gallery until Oct. 23. They will also host a show at the John M. Cuelenaere branch of the Prince Albert Public Library in April.