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Want to throw a music, art or fundraising event at the Gladstone?
As part of a B-Corporation commitment to social engagement and responsibility, The Gladstone Hotel works with community partners and artists on a host of cultural events, from Pride parties to trivia nights. If you have a proposal for a cultural-events partnership, please out our partnership request form.
Join us for our weekly live model drawing class, the longest running life drawing class in the city!
Walt Ruston’s life drawing class is a relic of the Canadian art scene all the way from the swinging sixties to the experimental eighties to modern day. Originally founded by the larger than life Tom Hodgson of Painters Eleven in 1957, the class has endured centuries and we have Walt to thank for the last 30 years of it. More about the history of the class here.
“You got to feel how to put the art out. For me it’s there, you just have to pull it out and people are sometimes afraid to do that. They have to try to get over their fears, and of course, practise helps like anything you have to practise… There’s a certain point when you’re sitting down and there is just humming. You got some cool music happening, and you can just feel the concentration. Everyone is just so into their drawings. You get a good pose, and you get something good happening, and you get more and more enthused.” – Walt Ruston