The Walton Art Group Pop-up Art Show in Clevedon July 29

The Walton Art Group proudly presents its first pop-up Art Show @Theatre Shop1,  Queen's Square, Clevedon.

Private View Friday 28th July 6pm-9pm. Open Saturday 29th July 10am-3pm.

This is the art group that Trudie Hawkins teaches at Walton-in-Gordano Village Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and is a celebration of everyone's achievements whilst attending her art classes. There will be some lovely work from a group of people who really enjoy their art!

All are welcome to come along and see what they've been up to.

Ian price invites you to participate in The Portishead Marina Arts Trail Saturday August 5

What: ‘Everyone’s an Artist!’ – Portishead Marina Arts Trail 2017

When: Saturday 5th August 9am-6pm

Where: Hall & Woodhouse, Portishead Marina

Why: Celebrate creativity and community cohesion in Portishead. Raise funds for local causes supporting young people.

Portishead Arts needs your help to make our creative community event a roaring success!

We want at least 30 artists from the North Somerset and greater Bristol area to come to Hall & Woodhouse on 5th Aug to create brand new pieces influenced by our beautiful Marina using materials provided by Portishead Arts. At the same time, we’d like you to support and inspire 20 budding young artists from Portishead’s schools as well as a further 50 super-keen local residents to make their very own art - and you can do that by just coming along and taking part!

The work will be created throughout the day on Saturday 5th August, and will then be hung as an art trail around the Marina on Sunday 6th.

We’ll crowdfund to supply paint, brushes and primed boards, although you are of course more than welcome to bring your own materials - the most important part of this event will be your involvement in this very public attempt to engage the community in making their own art.

We hope the event will also play an important part in showcasing the incredible range of creative talent that we have on our doorsteps in this beautiful corner of the world and inspire the next generation of artists in the town.

Our sponsors, who will contribute £25 each, will be given one of the artworks at random as a memento of this extraordinary event. Any proceeds will be donated to local causes.

As well as the mass ‘paint-off’, Portishead Arts will be giving demonstrations and hosting workshops in a range of media throughout the Saturday. Celebrations will continue on the following day as the first Marina Arts Trail will be open for all to come along and enjoy on Sunday 6th Aug.

Neil Murison, President of Clevedon Art Club exhibiting at Tinca Gallery

Our President, Neil Murison, will be displaying some of his wonderful paintings at Tinca Gallery, High Street, Portishead with a preview evening on Friday, June 23rd from 6.30 - 8.30pm.

The exhibition is called 'In Praise of Trees' and examines how the elements affect our natural world.

Visitors on Friday evening will enjoy a glass of bubbly and music by Simply Strings.

Make sure you come along to the exhibition and show your support for our fantastic Chairman and a great local gallery.

The Ace Project Exhibition 12th - 17th June

A local charity called Za Foundation, located in Portishead who predominantly work with orphan and vulnerable children in the Nkomazi region of South Africa has this year joined forces with the University West of England to collaboratively produce an art exhibition with artwork from some of the orphan and vulnerable children that attend our after-school clubs and students from UWE. 

In March they brought back 60 pieces of artwork from South Africa, the students from UWE were then going to respond to this artwork. The resultant artwork will be displayed at the Arnolfini between 10am and 6pm from 12th - 17th June.

Please do come along and visit this stimulating and unusual exhibition

Martin Bentham Landscape Painting Workshop

A great day hosted by our fabulous artist vice president started with Martin explaining what he uses and how he has adapted his equipment set up for painting outdoors (which is his main passion). Guy ropes to anchor his easel and little tips for stopping your canvas turn into a kite - all essential for the endeavours of a painter in our wonderful british climate! Martin explained how important it is to 'be yourself' when painting. 

Rather than dictate any techniques he was keen for us to follow our instincts and also to use whatever medium we felt we wanted to. He encouraged us to experiment to find out what style suits us as our own artist. He was on hand to answer questions, give guidance and feedback. He even found some time to do a little painting in his own style. It was interesting watching his technique which comes from his love of the texture of the thick creamy paint. A great day and some great results from all who enjoyed it. 

Thanks Martin.

Julie Mainstone

Trevor Waugh Evening

Once again we were treated to a fabulous demonstration by Trevor - this time a portrait in oils 'alla prima'. In the absence of any other volunteers, yours truly found herself in the spotlight so I had a very unusual view of the proceedings. My imagination was working overtime as Trevor unleashed his special brand of magic on canvas. I might not have seen the painting unfold but I could follow the brilliance of every brushstroke as I watched the enraptured audience reactions. Suddenly a key brushstroke would be created and I saw the audience gasp in wonder.

When the time came for me to see the final portrait it was my turn to enjoy a beautiful painting... I am talking about the techniques, skills and above all the incredible talent of our artist, not the model you understand. I will forgive the comments about grey and orange hair, twisted nose and dominant glasses. After all I was in the hands of a master at work. And the best part - I got to take this beautiful painting home to enjoy for the rest of my days. Thank you, Trevor. 

Trevor's wife Darlas is also a fabulously talented artist in her own right. You are invited to their beautiful church home to see her exhibition. It will be a real treat and we'd encourage you all to try and go along

Julie Mainstone


Trevor Waugh Watercolour Courses

Don't miss out on these watercolour courses by a fabulous artist. 27th and 28th April, 13th and 14th July and 26th and 27th October

The courses are held over two days at Trevor's home in Heywood, Westbury. The postcode is BA13 4LP.

The fee for the course is £265 and commences at 10.30 am each day, finishing at around 4.30-5.00 pm. Lunch tea and coffee are provided and any food intolerances can be accommodated - just make a note on booking. The booking fee is £65 which is payable in advance. The balance of £200 to be paid on the first day of the course. Two rooms if anyone needs accommodation at a fee of £50 pppn including full breakfast are also available. Alternatively, there is a very lovely b&b locally which can be recommended.

The dates available are 27th and 28th April, 13th and 14th July and 26th and 27th October. Places are limited to 8 per course so plenty of individual attention from Trevor.

If anyone is interested in booking they can email Darlas at or call any time -07921 908548.

If you should have any doubts as to how great these courses are, just speak to Julie Mainstone or Bea Williams. You will get a very enthusiastic recommendation.