Budleigh Salterton Art Club is made up of people who, apart from living in EX9 and the surrounding area, have one thing in common. We are all practising artists. Whether you are a complete beginner, very experienced or even a professional artist, all that we ask is that you are actively involved in the exciting process of creating art.
When do we meet and what do we do?
Club meetings take place on the last Wednesday of every month, from 9.45 a.m. until noon, with the first half-hour being given up to coffee and a chance for members to meet up. This is followed by a talk, demonstration or critique from a visiting artist.
During the year we have a variety of workshops including portrait, landscape, still life and floral sessions as well as trips to exhibitions, plein air painting days, and many other themes.
February starts the year with our AGM when elections to the Committee take place. Members are actively encouraged to join the Committee so that we have a constant flow of new ideas, and by and large it's great fun! Members also have the chance to vote for the person whom they consider to be the most promising new artist who receives the Bill Cockerill Award.
In April, after the regular meeting, we have our first social function, an excellent Spring Lunch, always much enjoyed by those who partake.
Our next main event is the one-day Gala Week Show. This takes place on the late May Bank Holiday when, however new to art you may be, you are encouraged to exhibit (and sell) your work. We collect donations during this exhibition that are given to the Lions’ Club for the Gala Week charity.
August is our most important month, with our ten-day annual exhibition, which ends on August Bank Holiday. Members are encouraged to exhibit up to 4 framed and 4 unframed works plus 1 three-dimensional piece i.e. sculpture or pottery. On the Friday evening prior to the exhibition a Preview Party is held and prizes are awarded for work in a variety of categories. Judging is done by our President, Alan Cotton, and by other established artists or invited guests. During the Exhibition we also hold a public raffle of a painting that, in the past, has been donated by Alan Cotton, John Hammond, Anthony Amos or other highly respected artists. Proceeds from this are given to a charity chosen by that year’s Chairman.
In December we hold a formal Christmas Lunch that for the past few years has been at the East Devon Golf Club. This is always well-attended and great fun.
As a Club Member you are entitled to discounts from a number of art stockists. There are informal groups where fellow artists paint or draw together and the Club arranges regular workshops with established artists, on various aspects of art. There are also occasional invites to exhibit works elsewhere. Probably the greatest advantage though, is the opportunity to meet with other likeminded artists, to learn from one another, to share ideas and to grow in confidence and competence. Members are always willing to encourage one another, and whatever your level of experience or competence, if you love producing art you'll enjoy being one of us.