John and Cindy McLaren at the Murray Art Guild’s weekly Life Drawing Studio.

MURRAY – The Murray Art Guild will be presenting the exhibition, “90 Degrees,” by John and Cindy McLaren October 5-29 in the MAG Gallery.  The public is invited to attend the opening reception, held at the Murray Art Guild on Friday, October 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit will feature side by side figure drawings of the same model, from two different perspectives, 90 degrees apart.  

The McLarens state the following about their work:  “Life Drawing, or ‘Life Art,’ as we like to call it, is a unique experience for both the artist and the model.  Drawing from life provides a special energy and connection to that part of us that is so, well....human.”   

John has been Cindy’s favorite teacher ever since they met in Physics Lab at Murray State University in 1976.  They continue to learn and do things together.  Both are retired from Murray State:  John from teaching Telecommunications, and Cindy from System Programming. John has been painting throughout his entire life.  Cindy began framing, photographing, and displaying John’s work in October 2015. She recently joined him in going to Life Drawing sessions, at first just to “try it out,” yet she has embraced this artistic outlet ever since.  John set Cindy up with a few supplies and perhaps a few pointers; but she will always remember that ‘practice’ is the most important part of learning. To find out more about the artists and their work, see their website at

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