A great opportunity
for our members to exhibit their work at Bicton College
Following the Club's impressive Annual Exhibition in August, we have been invited by Bicton College to display members' work in the college library on a rotational basis. This means that members get a chance to have their paintings, drawings and prints shown on a large display wall where they can be seen by students, lecturers and a wider public. Work can be as varied as we wish and the preference is for it to reflect something of the local surroundings, interests and ethos of the college. For example, animals, landscapes, seascapes, local skills, farming and agriculture.
There are no fees involved, just the knowledge that your work is being displayed somewhere prominent, plus there is always the possibility that someone may be interested enough to make a purchase. We have yet to establish how long each display will be up for - it may depend on how many members are interested and the volume of work that is accepted.
It's a great opportunity for the club and its members so if you'd like to submit work for display at the college, please contact Ralph Bingham or John Washington (see the Members Area) so we can take the project forward.
Replies by the end of September would be helpful.
At one of our recent portrait workshops, Shani Rousso painted this outstanding portrait in oils of Jane, another Budleigh Art Club member.
The painting was exhibited at the prestigious Mall Galleries in London and much to Shani’s delight and surprise was snapped up and sold to a buyer from Surrey. It’s certainly unusual for a contemporary portrait to be sold unless it’s been specially commissioned. So it’s no mean feat to be considered of sufficient value to be collected by someone who has a keen eye for a recently painted work of art. Who knows, the club may have a member who’s about to become a well known and collectable artist in great demand for similar commissions.
Congratulations to Shani – you can see more of her work at our Annual Exhibition this month in the Public Hall. And if you manage to affix a little red dot to one of her paintings you may have just bought a very good investment for the future.
Earlier in August, as Ralph was on holiday, John Washington represented our Club and attended the Preview Evening of the Topsham Art Group’s Annual Exhibition, full of a wide range of styles and standards of locally created work. If you get the opportunity to visit, it’s on until 27th August at the Topsham School in the middle of town – times and details on their website.
Roger Bishop, their chairman was most welcoming and was interested to share knowledge with us about demonstrations, speakers and getting members to join together in sketching and travel opportunities. Let’s see what sort of thing our members would be interested in and maybe we can arrange some exciting events together.
Roger will be visiting our Annual Exhibition next week and I’m sure he’ll receive a warm welcome from us all, as will others from their club.
I hope everyone is enjoying the fabulous hot weather and like me, looking forward to the Summer Exhibition in August.
For those of you who are not aware, we have a new Vice Chairman, John Washington, who as you know has been running the excellent and enjoyable series of portrait workshops. John will be a valuable addition to the committee and we welcome him on board! We are also thrilled to announce that we have a new Vice President, acclaimed artist John Hammond, who through his family, has a long association with the club. John judged the acrylic category at the 2015 Summer Exhibition and will join us on the preview evening to judge and meet everyone this year.
It is also exciting to be able to welcome a number of new members to the Club, who are all looking forward to exhibiting their work and joining in the social side of the club, making new friends and helping with manning the exhibition tables.
On that subject, if you haven’t already “signed up” to help and feel able to do so, then please let Teresa Creton or Jeanne and Keith Marley know and I am sure they will snatch your arms off!
We plan to have fresh homemade cakes for sale throughout the 10 days of the show and Jenny Young and Lisa Murdoch will be organising a rota for those of you who would like to make cakes. We will pay for the ingredients at £3 a cake so you won’t be out of pocket. The sale of homemade cakes was so successful at the one day show and so appreciated by the public.
Nick Speare has been working hard on improvements to the website and I would encourage as many people as possible to look at the site, it is the best way of keeping up to speed with club activities. Our Newsletters will be on the website, under news, and we will only print off hard copies for those members who do not have internet access.
The next “pop in” workshop at the Temple Methodist Hall is on August 9th from 1.30 - 5.30 and I am looking for someone to come forward to facilitate that session as I am not available that day, so if you can help, then please let me know.
So, lots going on at the moment and I look forward to seeing everyone’s work at the Exhibition.
Our main 10 day Exhibition is now less than a month away. Hope you have all been actively creating some wonderful artworks which we will look forward to seeing.
We recently sent out a reminder by e-mail but for all those who missed it or indeed do not have this facility here is the gist of it:
Entry forms will be available at the next demo, from Talisman Framing, online at the Budleigh Saterton Art Club website or by request from us.
Completed forms can be handed in at the next demo, dropped off at Talisman Framing or posted / hand delivered to us.
DEADLINE for entries is 5th August 2017.
Looking forward to a great show.
Jeanne & Keith
We are delighted to announce the appointment of John Hammond as our Vice-President. Many of you will remember John's mother Beryl Hammond who was an active member of the club and whose trophy we now use when judging the largest category being acrylics. John will be judging this category at our Summer Exhibition this year and has said that he is very much looking forward to seeing us all in August.
John has recently been made a Fellow of the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts (SWAc). John has established himself as one of Britain's finest acrylic painters. He travels widely at home and abroad making his detailed sketches and notes; then returning to his studio he conveys the atmosphere of the various places he has visited through a sensuous play on light and colour and visual clues. Whether it is the landscape of the south west of England, the glowing Italian coast or vivid scenes in London, John is a true master of his subject.
The proud winner of this years May Cup, awarded for the most popular painting as voted by the public during the one day Gala Week Exhibition, was our Chairman Ralph Bingham.
Ralph's original oil painting called “Calm Day” was produced using water-based oil paints which Ralph prefers to acrylics, due to the slower drying time and ability to blend the paint on the canvas creating a softer effect, particularly visible in the softened cloud formations.
Ralph has become well known for his seascapes, winning both the Alan Cotton Trophy for best oil painting and Talisman Trophy for best acrylic in previous Exhibitions.
Ralph has donated this painting to the Club, where it will be offered as this years Summer Exhibition Raffle Prize.
Two charities have been selected, namely Muscular Dystrophy and Budleigh Salterton and District Hospiscare.
I am pleased to report that our first "drop in" workshop held on Wed 14th June was a great success. Nine members came along and as it was such a beautiful day we decided to go out and about with our sketch books hunting "secret Budleigh"!
As an example I mentioned the Mediterranean like vista looking from the seafront through a gap towards Simcoe House. To which, David Riches said "that's my garden, would you like to pop round and see it, you are all welcome to sketch from there".
Too good an offer to refuse, so we all headed to his place, much to the amusement and consternation of his wife, who wondered who all these strange arty types were who had suddenly appeared in their garden.
Jenny Young laughed at me as I sat on the seawall sketching the view, thought I looked like a gnome!!
Anyway, great fun, great company and enjoyed by all.
Next session is planned for August 9th so if you want to pop in and join in then I am sure you will enjoy it.
If someone wants to facilitate the session then I would appreciate help.
Delamore art 2017
A beautiful sunny morning with an easy coach ride was the best possible start to visiting the enchanting Delamore sculpture gardens and galleries. On arrival, we were warmly welcomed and given a catalogue and entry ticket that was stamped for future free entry – a generous gesture.
The walk along the footpath through the fields skirting the lake was a joy. There were eye catching sculptures on the banks and little rafts in the lake that swung with the wind and water movements. My favourite was the head and shoulders of a fisherman with a huge shiny fish on the end of the line which also caught the wind – great fun.
The SWAc exhibition was a brilliant mix of traditional and modern paintings, all displayed to make the most of the soft light, in harmony with its pretty location, most inspiring. Continuing along the footpath leading from the mellow stone building brought fresh visual treats. In the distance there was an enormous shocking pink tree – dead of course – but what an impact on the natural landscape surrounding it.
Throughout the lush, colourfully planted gardens were a great many sculptures of all sizes and materials, some moved in the wind, others like the giant bronze fish gong most satisfying when soft hammered. As there were so many clever, elegant and quirky art pieces to discover, I am sure I didn’t find them all. One that really made me laugh was the large octopus sitting on the low formal garden wall.
The Delamore House gallery with its lofty ceilings was yet another treat as was my delicious light lunch at the courtyard café. Everyone on the coach was friendly and so were the visitors I spoke with around the gardens. Delamore feels like a very happy place to work – it was a perfect day out amongst such beauty and friendliness.
Thank you all for your generosity and support in raising funds for Hospiscare. The sales of calendars and notelets have been very good:
25 calendars and 42 notelets sold at the Exhibition, so along with 21 calendars sold at our last meeting I have £465 to hand to Hospiscare (I handed £210 of this to their fundraiser yesterday, along with other separate donations and now hold £178.50 to give when I next see them).
I would like to thank Sue Sayers and Talisman for their individual support by holding a coffee morning for Hospiscare and buying calendars to sell in their framing shop.
All good wishes.
To purchase a calendar or pack of notelets contact Wendy on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01395 568082
At long last, Spring has arrived, the “daffs" are out and we can look forward to an exciting Summer.
The one day May Exhibition is not far away and now is the time to decide what artwork to display. Please don’t forget that if you are having your framing done by Talisman, then Peter and Gilly need plenty of notice. Keith and Jeanne Marley are in the process of setting this up, so if you are unsure of anything please contact them.
For those of you who are interested in hands on activities, we are trying to organise a programme of workshops, please see more details below.
Our Spring Lunch takes place after the regular monthly meeting on 26th April, so if you haven’t already booked your slot, can I ask you to let Jenny Young know, she will collect the money at the March meeting. The “tickets” are £13 each and wine will be available at £1 a glass.
As you know, my predecessor Michelle Sykes, passed away recently and her husband Keith has invited Julie and myself to a memorial gathering in Oxford on 20th April in celebration of her life. Along with a number of other speakers, I have agreed to say a few words on behalf of the art club.
The Tuesday afternoon Venture Hall artists have produced a 2018 Calendar which will soon be available to purchase at a cost of £6 each, with profits going to Hospiscare, so please can I ask you to consider buying some in support this worthy cause!
Workshops Programme for 2107
One of the objectives we set ourselves as a committee for 2017, was to expand the number of workshops we run, increasing both the scope and variety so that we try to encourage more members to participate.
Although some of these workshops would include guidance and help, the intention is keep them light hearted and fun, rather than being too serious.
Some of these “workshops” would be run indoors and some out and about (weather dependent!) and indeed some a mixture of both.
We need to be able to be able to identify how many members are interested in taking part in workshops and the sort of scope and content which would appeal.
John Washington has kindly put his thinking cap on and come up with the following ideas for us to consider. These are very much draft ideas at this stage and if enough people show an interest in any (or all) we can start to put together a programme.
We have some really talented artists in the club including professional artists, so I hope that once we identify which workshops people are interested in, we can get some volunteers coming forward to help run them. We will also continue to use external guest artists where appropriate to the subject matter. Costs of each workshop would be based on venue, content, etc., but the intention is to cover our costs - not make a profit from them.
So can I ask you to please let us know which ones appeal to you, so we can start to home in on which ones to concentrate our efforts. We will collect names of those of you who are interested at the April meeting, so that we can aim to start them in June. If you cannot attend the April meeting please let any committee member know your preferences.
Ideas for consideration are :-
1. Getting things in Perspective
a simple guide to the basics that will help in landscape painting, drawing buildings and anything that requires a more realistic look from the artist’s viewpoint.
2. Getting to Grips with Drawing
feeling more comfortable with a variety of mediums like pencil, charcoal, graphite, pen & ink, brush and pastels.
3. Quick on the Draw
sketching with confidence is a brilliant way to practice plein air techniques to catch the mood of landscapes, people and objects.
4. Out and About
using the techniques learned in the Quick on the Draw session, a day out, putting this into practice.
5. Wine and Cheese Party
a still life painting session where each person brings along a bottle of wine, a glass, some cheese and grapes to paint. Then of course the wine and cheese can be consumed and enjoyed for the last half an hour.
6. Painting the Town
a plein air day around Budleigh painting anything but the usual subjects like the estuary, the cliffs, the beach or the sea. There are many alleyways, buildings and hidden gems around the town that make fascinating subjects.
7. Animal Magic
a subject many will enjoy, probably painting from photographic reference of pets and other favourites.
8. Flowers in the Frame
a session where everyone brings a flower or vase full of flowers to paint in whatever medium they like.
9. A Date with Trees
a day on location at Bicton or similar venue to paint and draw trees in a landscape – maybe with a lunchtime picnic to socialise.
drawing hands is always a challenge – tips on how to approach this might be of interest to some who would like to improve their skills on this difficult subject.
11. Life drawing for Absolute Beginners
many members have still to attempt this so we could do a one-off, half day session for those who might like to try it but have not had the opportunity.
12. Free for All
a session where members can bring their paintings and drawings on any subject and receive helpful hints as they work.