OUR RUBY CELEBRATIONS
and an exhibition to remember
Following a bustling Preview Evening, our Ruby Year Exhibition continued in style with a stream of local residents, members and visitors to the town for their summer holidays - and what sunny weather we had!
As we all know, pictures are worth many thousands of words and you'll find a selection below covering some of the activities over the ten days we were open.
This year we had some additional attractions – teatime jazz, members’ cards for sale, a much bigger bookstall, more artists showing a variety of skills and some media techniques that we’ve not shown before like computer created art.
With almost 300 submissions it’s the largest number of entrants we’ve ever displayed and the quality of the work is reflected in this year’s sales.
Each day there were ARTISTS@WORK with members demonstrating their various skills and the opportunity to chat with visitors. Acrylics, oils, watercolours, mixed media of all sorts including textiles, collage, embroidery and even some intricate model painting.
The Art Café was, as ever, busy throughout, several visitors returning on subsequent days to enjoy the delicious cakes created by our ‘baking members’.
A record number of visitors enjoyed our hospitality this year.
And even more fun at the children's drawing and colouring tablecloth in the Art Cafe during this year's show. You can see some of their work below - future members maybe?
The prize draw with Richard Rochester's charcoal drawing and Bob Seabright's watercolour painting proved to be a great success and along with proceeds from the bookstall sales we’ll be able to donate a healthy sum to this year’s chosen charities. Congratulations to our two winners
So many members gave their time and effort to the show - from the stewards and the sales teams to the café volunteers and those on the exhibition team - it’s impossible to mention them all so a big thank you from all of us for making our Ruby Exhibition such a success.
Now it’s time to draw breath, pour a glass of something to relax with … before we start to contemplate what we can do for next years show!
2019 - a Preview to remember
A packed Public Hall, nearly 300 works
of art and more awards than ever at our
40th Year Ruby Exhibition
We were pleased to welcome Budleigh’s newly appointed Town Mayor, councillors, representatives of neighbouring art societies and many new and long standing members and friends of the Club to this celebratory preview evening for our Annual Summer Exhibition
Our Chair, John Washington, opened proceedings with a welcome to everyone, thanks to all those whose efforts had gone into organising the evening, complimenting members on the work that was produced this year and in particular those who had produced paintings and other artworks for this year’s special Ruby display section.
Next up was our Exhibition Co-ordinator, Alex Odam, who introduced each of the judges who ran through their selection of favoured artworks and announced the winners of each category.
Our distinguished panel of judges included our President,
Dr Alan Cotton, Vice president John Hammond, artists Richard Rochester, Linda Kettle (Chair of Sidmouth Society Of Artists) and long time supporter Angela Yarwood, owner of the Brook Gallery. Also, for our Ruby Exhibition, Jo Talbot Bowen, an active and innovative local artist agreed to present a one-off award for this years' Ruby celebrations.
This year we had the largest number of submissions and the diversity and quality of each one was generally acknowledged to be the best ever.
Of course the criteria for judging the categories in an exhibition with such a wide range of work is almost impossible and the judges admitted the difficulty in arriving at their decisions. However, after much thought, objective and subjective mental wrangling, the winners were finally announced and duly presented with their awards. Here's a selection of photographs and a list of our talented winners.
Here's the full list of this year's 40th Exhibition Awards:
Judge: John Hammond -
Beryl Hammond Award for Best Acyrlic Painting presented to
Cilla Luce for 'Zanzibar'.
Judge: Richard Rochester -
Lesley Ransley Cup for Best Ink, Charcoal, Graphite & LIne Drawing presented to Tim Hannah for 'Magic Flute'.
Judge: Lynda Kettle -
Award for best Mixed Media work presented to
Mitzi Crossland for 'In Your Dreams'.
Judge: Lynda Kettle -
Talisman Award for best watercolour presented to
Bob Seabright for 'The Banks Of The Otter'.
Judge: John Hammond -
Award for best Figurative work presented to
Trish Browne for 'Portrait In Shadow'.
Judge: Angela Yarwood -
Brook Gallery Award for best Original Print presented to
Dylis Manoy for 'Mystic Dance'.
Judge: Alan Cotton -
The Alan Cotton Cup for best Oil Painting presented to
Mariangela Williams For 'Woodland On The Edge'.
Judge: Richard Rochester -
Pricilla Hull Award for best 3D work presented to
Veronica Tosh for her sculpture of 'Liam'.
Judge: Jo Talbot Bowen
40th Anniversary Ruby Prize for best 'ruby' themed artwork presented to
John Washington for 'Partytime'.
Judge: BSAC Membership by popular vote -
Bill Cockerill Award for the best artwork created by recently-joined members
presented jointly to
Brenda Thomas and Christopher Buckland Wright
All present seemed to be in accord that this was one of - if not the - best shows, that the Club has put on at the
Public Hall. The judges were certainly complimentary and during the evening our first sales of paintings were made, many prize draw tickets sold and even the book stall did a remarkable trade raising money for charity. And of course the Prize Draw got under way and will continue throughout the week.
So now on to the main show – 10am till 6.00pm every day,
up to and including Bank Holiday Monday, 26th August.
2019 – a year to remember indeed.
BUDLEIGH SALTERTON PUBLIC HALL
Free Entry - Doors open 10am till 6pm every day
OVER 200 ORIGINAL EXHIBITS
Artists@Work - Teas, Coffees, Cakes - Prize Draw -
Book Stall - Jazz Duo on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons
During the exhibition some of our members will be working in the hall, painting, drawing, sculpting and so on. If you’re interested in seeing how they work, do come along, have a chat and watch. Here is a guide for the times they'll be there.
Saturday 17th - all day: Ralph Bingham
Sunday 18th - morning 10 – 12 and afternoon 2 – 5: Linda Longmuir
Monday 19th - 12 - 2.00pm: Carol Kerr
Tuesday 20th – all day: Gill Hamilton
Wednesday 21st – all day: John Washington
Thursday 22nd – 10 – 2: Mandy Cheyne. 2 – 5: Cynthia Boult
Friday 23rd - all day: Pat Camp
Saturday 24th – all day: John Washington
Sunday 25th - afternoon: Chris Noddings
Monday 26th - 10 – 2: Katie McDermott-Darley
Don't forget to collect your unsold work from the Public Hall Tuesday 27th August between 8.30 am and 10am
A brief history of our Club
some of our long standing members
Around 40 years ago there were only two Art Societies that Budleigh residents had reasonably easy access to - Exmouth and Sidmouth, both with evening meetings.
A few people came together and decided to form a Club here in Budleigh. To ensure smooth running, continuity and most importantly, a level playing field for all members, rules, although not arduous, were to be strictly adhered to.
To retain membership, a fairly high percentage of attendance at meetings was expected, and a slightly higher one if submitting entries for the main exhibition.
Residents of Budleigh Salterton and the villages of the Lower Otter Valley up to, and including, Colaton Raleigh were eligible to apply. Application forms stated that all members should at some stage become committee members and to state which category they would prefer to fill.
To ensure the 'Founders Statement' was upheld, potential members must produce two current works - the standard was unimportant.
The committee member tasked with this was the Assistant Secretary. The committee was made up of Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary (also responsible for finding speakers/demonstrators), Exhibition and Social. There was never a 'hanging committee' and newsletters came sometime later.
Meetings were held at the Peter Hall starting 10.30am.
One early chairman said 'no earlier, as not only have I to get myself there in good order, first I have to feed my two cats'. This time was also considered appropriate for those arriving by public transport.
The Exhibitions (members could enter up to 4 paintings) were held initially at The Rosemullion Hotel or The Masonic Hall before moving to The Public Hall where we have been ever since.
In the early stages there were not enough paintings to fill such a large venue. On at least one occasion, Shiela Hinckley (our lovely late Vice President) devised a plan of inviting herself to tea with one or two members and, with her usual charm, persuaded them to find more work - in wardrobes, under the stairs and so on.
A few years later of course, the reverse!
Some paintings were too big so the committee decided on a sq ft area per member. Initially there were three awards: Watercolour, Line & Wash and Oil, this last was presented by our President Alan Cotton.
Most of the work in the early days was watercolour for which Alan remarked (a great deal more in sorrow than anger) that we were an ART Club not a watercolour society. (Fast forward 40 years - problem solved)!
Inevitably some members were more talented than others - one particular lady who had studied at The Slade School of Art in London, not surprisingly won the watercolour award 3 years running and was so embarrassed, offered not to exhibit for a while. 'No, no' said the committee, 'we will amend the rules so that anyone who has won an award cannot be eligible to be considered for that category for one/two years.'
Honour satisfied, this lady gave her time to give us one or two watercolour workshops.
This was also the case with a retired architect member, (very knowledgeable on Ruskin), who gave drawing classes. Sheila dubbed him our Drawing Master.
Money at the start was always tight. To save demo fees and hall charges one meeting was an 'outing' to a nearby exhibition.
As the money from subscriptions increased we got back to our meetings and the outing became an extra. Conversely, the Spring Lunch was a separate occasion but not always sufficiently well attended to make it financially viable so it became tacked on to the April meeting.
Involvement with the wider community was, of course, working with Danby House residents (see article below). Another occurred when the Budleigh Medical Centre moved to its present location. The then Chairman, Glynn Whittle came up with the idea that the Club could give some pictures for the Waiting Room. Accordingly the GP partners were invited to choose a picture each from that year’s exhibition. The artists were reimbursed from Club funds and the pictures remain in the Waiting Room to this day. Also two members gave a painting each to Budleigh Salterton Hospital. The one by the late Mike Shaw was used recently to make cards when the Hospital became The Hub, raising welcome funds.
Other, slightly later memories are of our Christmas exhibitions which became a fixture round the town for some years - on Late Night Friday. There were various venues - one being the skittle alley at The Feathers, just after the late John Salt had ceased to be Mine Host. John of course had been the originator of 'Talisman Framing' when it was situated behind the Fire Station.
... and Christmas Lunches
Who can forget our walking, talking Christmas Tree (aka chairman Nicki Carson)
So many great memories.
With thanks to Dorothy Ormerod.
Member for 38 years
The Danby House Project 1990- 2008
It was in the early 1990's that a call went out for volunteer art workers to assist at Danby House, Mudbank in Exmouth
Danby House was a residential and day care centre for mentally and physically handicapped people overlooking the River Exe. After another art group had declined to help, our Chairman, Alan Cotton, brought the matter to the attention of Budleigh Salterton Art Club who responded positively.
A group of about 6 volunteers assembled every Tuesday afternoon at the Centre and with materials procured through the Club and from other donations we would offer art help and inspiration and friendship for up to 15 participants each week.
The Project operated from 13.00 to 16.00 every Tuesday of the year except for 2 weeks at Christmas and New Year.
The project was supported throughout by Alan Cotton and we had our own section for their work at the Art Club's Summer Exhibition where 30 or 40 pieces of work carried out throughout the year were displayed.
The work was judged by Alan Cotton with awards for the most meretricious work. Much of it was presented mounted and framed by one of the club's volunteers. Tea and refreshments for the participants were provided by our Club at the show.
Tuesday afternoons were thoroughly enjoyed by all with many friendships made and good humoured banter throughout the sessions.
As news of our activities spread, participants would travel to us from as far afield as Exeter and Dawlish.
No mean feat when trains and wheelchairs are involved.
The Danby House Centre was eventually closed by the Council in 1998 and the site was sold and demolished. A new housing development has only recently taken place on the site.
The participants were greatly disappointed and they were relocated into different parts of the County. A sad ending for all concerned after 18 or so happy and productive years in the history of our Art Club.
With thanks to Ken Simmons. Hon. Member
Recollections by Jed in his own inimitable style from the Club's exhibitions, outings and other events .
Long standing members may recognise themselves and others in this selection of drawings from his sketchbooks over the years.
With thanks to long standing member, Jed Falby and his collection of sketchbooks
Some photos taken over the years
A selection from the archives and some sent in by members. Are you featured here, do these bring back memories and how many members do you recognise?
If you have more, please e-mail John Washington to let him know firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll see if we can get them posted here on our website and at the August Exhibition.
... so, 40 years on and going from
strength to strength.
We hope you enjoy our Ruby Exhibition and continue to support this wonderful Club.
Next stop, 50 years. A Golden Celebration!
'Birch Trees By Water' was the subject for
LYNDA KETTLE’S soft pastel
demonstration in July
Lynda told us briefly about her training and her career in the Midlands and London.
Her First class honours degree was in Theatre set design but she moved to Television with BBC as a production designer and worked with people such as Tony Hart and on sets for Howard’s Way....and many more at Pebble Mill Studios.
She retired, came to live in Devon three years ago and is now the Chair of Sidmouth Art Society as well as other roles.
She gave us lots of information about paper, pastels and materials and we watched, in almost silence, as she built up her painting using a ‘Pointillist’, impressionistic, energetic style. The lovely colours and marks gradually took shape and the almost finished picture was vibrant and accomplished.
An array of her cards showed her wide abilities, subjects and mediums. An hour and half could only scratch the surface of Lynda’s talent.
A most enlightening, entertaining and happy morning. Some members have requested that we arrange a workshop with Lynda. We will need to book her well in advance!