Peter Longman - Studio Pottery
Sep
12
7:30 pm19:30

Peter Longman - Studio Pottery

  • Clevedon School Sixth Form Centre

From Mud and Water Man to Moon Jar Lady - 100 years of Studio Pottery in Britain

Tonight will be a fantastic opportunity to see and handle pieces of unique museum quality pottery from Peters own collection.

People have been making pottery for 10,000 years; the fusion of the four ancient elements of earth, water, air and fire produces vessels from which we can cook and drink and feed ourselves, and that can also give an aesthetic pleasure to the touch and to the eye.  The poet and critic Sir Herbert Read wrote that “if you want judge the art of a country, judge the fineness of its sensibility by its pottery; it is a sure touchstone”.  

Potters were an essential part of any community, and their skills were often passed down through the generations. But that tradition stated to change with mass production and the industrial revolution. Studio pottery in Britain was born of the Arts and Crafts Movement, started by John Ruskin and William Morris in the 19th century as a reaction against mass production and to seek a return to the traditions of the individual maker. 

The pioneers of studio pottery 100 years ago were influenced by those so-called ‘peasant potters’ who still survived, particularly in the west country, as well as by the traditions and techniques of the far east with their exotic glazes and use of porcelain. Some saw themselves as akin to fine artists and attempted to price their work accordingly, but most simply wanted to make things that ordinary people would appreciate and could afford to use. The best known exponent was Bernard Leach who discovered pottery whilst in Japan and in 1920 set up a workshop at St Ives that still survives today. He helped train a generation of potters from all around the world; his grandson John continues the family tradition at Muchelney near Langport.  The Winchcombe Pottery near Cheltenham was re-opened by Leach’s first pupil, Michael Cardew, in 1926 and is also still run on traditional lines. However most studio potters now work on their own, producing items for domestic use alongside more expensive exhibition pieces.

The range of work now being made runs from simple coffee mugs and plates to one-off ceramic sculpture for fashionable art galleries, whilst the influences today   include the far east, modern European, traditional African art, abstract, and even geological forms.

Peter Longman developed the collecting bug whilst working as Deputy Director of the Crafts Council 35 years ago, and his talk is largely based on pots made in the west country.  There will be an opportunity to handle selected pieces and to view the rest of the collection.  

Peter was 5 years as Deputy Director of the Crafts Council and 11 years as the Government's Chief Advisor on Museums and Galleries - so look forward to a great night.

Janette Kerr PRWA - An Uncontrollable Force
Oct
10
7:30 pm19:30

Janette Kerr PRWA - An Uncontrollable Force

  • Clevedon School Sixth Form Centre

Janette Kerr is a foul-weather painter. Drawn to the perimeters of land, her work is an index of edges and ledges, exposed headlands and wind-swept seas.

Extreme Wave Theory is an on-going research project concerning the interface between art and science. The work relates to the history and stories of the sea surrounding Shetland, and the work of Norwegian oceanographers studying the unpredictability of waves and wind. Her large-scale drawings and canvases are a direct response to the environment and the traditions inherent within it.

Through extended visits during the last year, she has amassed a kind of "non-intentional" personal archive. Kerr has been delving into the Shetland Museum archives for old documents and artifacts relating to fishing. She has been walking the coastline and watching the sea, talking to Shetland fishermen who know their sea and coastline intimately, and tell tales of storms, massive waves and near escapes, and traveled to the Bergen Meteorological Institute to engage in open dialogues with Norwegian mathematicians and scientists searching the oceans for extreme waves.

The outcome is a body of work that seeks to make direct visual associations between observational, archival and oral research, and oceanographic measurement.
Janette Kerr was President of the Royal West of England Academy from 2011 - 2016 and is a Visiting Research Fellow in Fine Art at the University of the West of England.

Margaret Micklewright - Turning Point
Nov
14
7:30 pm19:30

Margaret Micklewright - Turning Point

  • Clevedon School Sixth Form Centre

Margaret was brought up on the beautiful Isle of Arran in Scotland, graduating from Gray’s in Aberdeen and now based in the West Country where she enjoys painting the landscape around her

Returning to painting after a long work enforced break she has managed to find more and more time to paint.Margaret uses wet on wet techniques and both inks and oil paints to achieve a deliberately ambiguous link to the landscape.

Preferring to paint outdoors where weather conditions often dictate the course of a painting, she seeks to retain some detail of where she is but to also describe the conditions, through light and motion.  She has visited Cornwall for decades, in particular,  the Penwith area and a residency at Brison’s Veor at Cape Cornwall proved to be an inspirational visit which deepened her connection to the sea.  

She continues to explore and manipulate media, always drawn to the benefits of a single bottle of Parker ink.  Work recently completed a course in Cornwall and has formed part of the In the BRUT midwinter exhibition at the Bruton Art Factory.  

 

 


Martin Bentham RWA - Critique of Members Work
Jul
11
7:30 pm19:30

Martin Bentham RWA - Critique of Members Work

  • Clevedon School Sixth Form Centre

A fantastic opportunity to get constructive feedback from our Vice President and distinguised artist about your work as we prepare for the Open Exhibition.

Bring one piece for assessment with perhaps one more in reserve just in case time allows'

David Parfitt RI - A Watercolour Demonstration
Jun
13
7:30 pm19:30

David Parfitt RI - A Watercolour Demonstration

  • Clevedon School Sixth Form Centre

David see's his paintings as fairly representational and says his aim is to create something which has a sense of place without looking too contrived or deliberate. His whole approach is about experimenting, learning and developing as he attempts to push the water-based medium as far as he can. All the while trying to bear in mind Lucien Freud’s words ‘The painting, in order to move us, must not merely remind us of life, but must acquire a life of its own'.

David lives near Bath. He is a landscape painter, working with watercolours and water-based media.  He was elected a member of The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in 2011 and is currently serving on the RI Council as the RI Membership Secretary.

He won the Neil Meacher RI sketchbook award in 2012, the Frank Herring award in 2014 and the Winsor & Newton/RI award (for the group of paintings judged to be the most outstanding contribution to the exhibition) in 2016

David's website is here

Two Rivers Paper - Paper for Artists
May
9
7:30 pm19:30

Two Rivers Paper - Paper for Artists

  • Clevedon School Sixth Form Centre

This will be a wonderful opportunity to see how one of  a very few commercial handmills still operating in Europe create artist's paper. Two Rivers will bring along paintings, prints and drawings in a variety of media and styles to illustrate this talk. There will also be an opportunity to purchase these beautiful papers in various styles and formats on the night.

Two Rivers was formed in 1976 and has been run and located at Pitt Mill, Somerset, UK since 1990. 

The owner/manager is Jim Patterson, a fourth generation paper maker who has spent his entire working life in the paper industry, in larger mills both in England and abroad, including Wansborough Paper Company in Watchet.

The mill is over 400 years old and still retains much of the ancient wooden milling machinery. It's been restored over the last 15 years to a working water-powered traditional paper mill, using a 100-year-old metal wheel from Wales and an 1841 Hollander Rag-Breaker.

The wheel itself is a 10 ft overshot wheel weighing two and a half tons and standing eleven foot high. In combination with the rag breaker, Two Rivers will be the only place in the UK where water power is used to make paper from old rags.

Showing a continuing commitment to manufacturing using environmentally appropriate methods, a full array of solar panels were fitted to the mill roof in 2011. Electrical heating is used to gently dry our paper in the mill loft and over the year the panels will cancel that cost. 

 

Trevor Waugh BA SGFA  First Impressions - Painting Portraits in Oils
Apr
11
7:30 pm19:30

Trevor Waugh BA SGFA First Impressions - Painting Portraits in Oils

  • Clevedon School Sixth Form Centre

Another great opportunity to see Trevor demonstrating his oil portrait painting techniques.

He is an internationally renowned and highly regarded British fine artist living in Wiltshire England. His paintings can be found in many private and royal collections around the world.

Trevor works in an impressionistic, loose artistic style that brings light and life to his chosen subjects - indeterminate patches of paint that intermingle in the vewers eye to create form.

Maxine Relton RWA - How Ideas Lead You Forward
Mar
14
7:30 pm19:30

Maxine Relton RWA - How Ideas Lead You Forward

  • Clevedon School Sixth Form Centre

From initial inspiration through widely varied forms of drawing, print, painting, photography and sculpture, Maxine reveals the creative thinking behind two of her major projects over the last 10 years.

Of her work, Maxine says: 'Although drawing plays a central role in all my work, I like to re-cast ideas in a wide variety of art forms, moving between sketch, print, painting, photograph, drawing and sculpture as a way of questioning and reshaping my perceptions. It helps me towards a better understanding of the world around me.'

Maxine’s work is held in private collections in many countries, has received a number of awards and featured in various publications, as well as on television. She was elected to the RWA in 2006, has served on the Exhibition Committee and the Board of Trustees and continues to exhibit widely.

Feb
14
7:30 pm19:30

Clevedon Art Club Annual General Meeting

  • Clevedon 6th Form Centre

The Club Annual General Meeting - The committee will be seeking change to our rules and organisation that will need your  approval and benefit from your debate. We urge all members to attend  so as to participate actively in the future of our club .

Further details will follow.

Jan
10
7:30 pm19:30

Clevedon Art Club Special General Meeting

  • Clevedon School 6th Form Centre

The committee will be holding a Special General Meeting to discuss changes to the Club rules and organisation.  In accordance with the rules, there will be a written notice of this meeting posted to members not less than 14 days before the date of the SGM.

.The committee would welcome all members to attend and participate in these discussions of the future organisation and direction of the club.

Dec
13
7:30 pm19:30

Christmas Social - A Diamond Christmas

  • Clevedon School Sixth Form Centre

Our Christmas Social in our Diamond anniversary year. Let's have fun listening and dancing to 'The Highly Strung Band' whilst eating mince pies and sipping Prosecco. There will be the usual amazing raffle and the rumour is that Julie is going to repeat her famous quiz.

Paul Newman - Drawing and Poetry 'Netted in a Silver Mist'
Nov
8
7:30 pm19:30

Paul Newman - Drawing and Poetry 'Netted in a Silver Mist'

  • Clevedon School Sixth Form Centre

Paul will be talking about 'the working process and benefits of collaboration between artists and writers' .

"I was born in Lichfield, Staffordshire and now live in Frome, Somerset, prior to that, south Somerset and Poole, Dorset. After completing A-Levels at Poole Grammar School, I went on to an art foundation at Shelley Park, Bournemouth and graduated from Falmouth College of Arts in 1995.

 As a graphic fine artist, I work exclusively in graphite and am interested by detail, texture and tone inspired by elements of the ancient landscape and stories of Wessex.

 I create my drawings by research into the nature and history of places that interest me; this could involve geology, ecology, historical remains or natural history. Walking is an important part of my working process, getting to know a particular area well and understanding how it was shaped. Much of my work comes from places that have a historical meaning or personal significance to me and the work is mostly a response to being affected by memory or experience. I am keen to make links between places that I find and the stories that fashioned them. I use poetry, maps and nature writing as stimuli.

I am also interested in the way nature manifests itself on human objects and how it abstracts these forms, such as overgrown remains, weathering, seasonal change and decay. I look for evidence of human activity changing landscapes into places, creating unique locations which can affect, uplift or threaten.

 My work has been exhibited in various galleries across the South West, including the Bath Society of Artists and the Royal West of England Academy as well as in London with the Society of Graphic Fine Arts. I also had work selected for the 2015 Evolver Prize.

I work as a trustee at Black Swan Arts in Frome and helped organise the 2015 Frome Open Studios Trail."

Visit Paul's Facebook page here


Tom Hughes - Painting from Life
Oct
11
7:30 pm19:30

Tom Hughes - Painting from Life

  • Clevedon School Sixth Form Centre

A talk on benefits, difficulties and technicalities of painting from life, outside, on location..

I will bring my painting gear to show how I set it all up on the street and how easy to assembling and pack away it all is.

Born in Colchester and raised in Oxfordshire, Tom Hughes initially wanted to be a professional snowboarder but wasn’t good enough. His second choice (the more sensible one) was to make a full time living from his art, which he has been doing with gusto since 2005. He began his career as an illustrator before switching to painting in 2012 when the lure of oils became too much. Tom exhibits regularly at the Mall Galleries in London and has been selected for numerous prestigious prizes, including the BP Portrait Prize, the Lynn Painter Stainers Prize and The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. In 2014 he won the Benton Purchase prize at the Discerning Eye and in 2015 he won both the Smallwood Architects Prize at Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the prestigious critics prize at the New English Art Club. He lives with his girlfriend and baby in Bristol.

Jonathan Camp - Art in the 1950s
Sep
13
7:30 pm19:30

Jonathan Camp - Art in the 1950s

  • Clevedon School Sixth Form Centre

Jonathan has a degree in History of Art and Philosophy. He taught art history and philosophy in schools for many years, and now works as a freelance art lecturer and writer. He relishes analysing art in its social, political and philosophical context, and welcomes discussion of potential interpretations. Jonathan lives in Clevedon, and may be seen plunging into the icy waters of the Severn Estuary throughout the year.'

Ray Balkwill SWAc - Appraisal of Work and Top Tips for Painting En Plein Air
Jul
12
7:30 pm19:30

Ray Balkwill SWAc - Appraisal of Work and Top Tips for Painting En Plein Air

  • Clevedon School Sixth Form Centre

Members will be treated to Ray’s suggestions to getting the most out of painting outdoors as well as receiving an appraisal of our own work. Members should each bring along one artwork for Ray’s constructive feedback.

Ray is a well-known West Country artist whose watercolours, oils and mixed media paintings are much sought after. Born in Exeter in 1948, he graduated from Exeter College of Art, thereafter making a career in advertising as an Art Director. In 1990 demand for his paintings led him to give up his job to become a professional artist.

He has held numerous successful solo exhibitions, as well as showing in group and open exhibitions. These include the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, Royal West of England Academy and South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts. He also runs painting courses in Essex, Cornwall and from his studio in Devon. He is a regular contributor to art magazines and is also author of many books including: 'Watercolour Plus' (David & Charles), 'Ray Balkwill's Exe Estuary' (Halsgrove), 'Learn to Paint Coastal Landscapes' (Collins), 'Painting Landscapes with Atmosphere' (David & Charles), 'A Picture of Devon' (Halsgrove), 'A Picture of Cornwall' (Halsgrove) and’ Travelling Light’. His work also features in a number of other books and magazines including 'International Artist', 'Australian Artist' and 'Pastel Artist International'.

Ray's website is here.


Claire Hall - Glass - Clearly a New Medium
Jun
14
7:30 pm19:30

Claire Hall - Glass - Clearly a New Medium

  • Clevedon School Sixth Form Centre

Claire will share her voyage of discovery using glass as a medium to create great artworks. She will explain her techniques and inspiration through examples of her work and demonstrations of the process stages.

Claire runs regular workshops in glass techniques and will bring along details of these for those who would like a hands on experience to follow the presentation.

Claire is also the current Chairman of North Somerset Arts and will talk about the opportunities the organisation gives to get more involved with Art in our area. 

She originally trained as a sculptor, working in wood and steel and has an honours degree in Fine Art and a P.G.C.E. in Art, Design and Technology. In 2003 she received an award from the South West Arts Council which enabled her to study with Kate Drew-Wilkinson, a prominent bead artist from America.

It was during her time travelling America, in the early nineties, that she was introduced to working with glass. Claire then spent the next six years learning the art of bead making in the remote mountains of West Virginia.

Claire's design inspiration is drawn from her fascination with landscapes, colour, pattern and texture.

As well as being the Chair of North Somerset Arts, Claire is also a member of the Contemporary Glass Society and The Somerset Guild.. 

Our very own Julie Mainstone - Art Materials - Speed Dating Style
May
10
7:30 pm19:30

Our very own Julie Mainstone - Art Materials - Speed Dating Style

  • Clevedon School Sixth Form Centre

There will be 6-8 tables each with different art materials – some limited edition, some new to market, some different brands. We will break into small groups and start at one table where you will get approx 15 minutes to try out the materials on that table. When the whistle blows, you will move to the next table where you will get another 15 minutes and so on until you have visited every table and had the chance to try out all the materials on offer.

We hope to also be able to offer the opportunity to order materials at a discounted price on the evening and have a framer on duty if you would like to discuss and order any framing at a special price in the run up to our Open Exhibition.

Trevor Waugh - Chasing the Light - Watercolour Demo
Apr
12
7:30 pm19:30

Trevor Waugh - Chasing the Light - Watercolour Demo

  • Clevedon School Sixth Form Centre

Trevor will be demonstrating his style of watercolour painting..

He was born in 1952 and grew up in London. Trevor studied at The Slade School of Fine Artfrom 1970 -1974 (BA) under the guidance of Sir William Coldstream, Professor of The Slade at the time, Patrick GeorgePhilip SuttonDavid HockneyEuan Uglow and Bernard Cohen. During his time at The Slade he was invited by Sir William Coldstream and Patrick George to exhibit alongside them at The Collegiate Theatre at University College, London, 1971. He was also a contributor to The Young Contemporaries Exhibition at The Royal Academy 1972.

Trevor obtained a distinction for his post-graduate certificate in illustration when he studied with Ernest Jones at Croydon College of Art 1978-1979. He went on to work successfully as a freelance illustrator for nine years for most of the major publishers including Penguin, Heinemann, Cassell, Collins and the BBC.

Trevor returned to fine art in 1988 and began travelling extensively in the Middle East: First visit 1995 for a month as artist in residence at The Majlis Gallery, Dubai. Several exhibitions and visits since including The New Orientalist Exhibition in The Emirates and his paintings can be found in the Royal Collections of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.

In 1995 Trevor travelled to the USA and resided there for three months to include an exhibition and watercolour classes at Cleveland State Community College, Tennessee. He was also artist in residence and held an exhibition at the River Gallery in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Trevor visited Morocco in 1977-78 resulting in an exhibition in the Uk sponsored by the Moroccan Embassy. Since 1993 Trevor has made frequent visits to Venice for inspiration, resulting in several exhibitions here in the UK, as well as Florence and Rome. France has also featured in Trevor’s travelling schedule where he ran painting holidays in Provence and the Dordogne and spent some time in the Ardeche, Giverny and Brittany.

A painting trip to Oman and a painting trip to Istanbul have also featured.

Trevor paints and exhibits at his Studio in Heywood, Wiltshire, UK. He also runs watercolour and oil painting classes in the UK and abroad.

His book Winning With Watercolour has become a top-selling title and he followed this with You Can Paint Flowers in Watercolour and You Can paint Animals in Watercolour. Currently available are 30 Minute Flowers in Watercolour and 30 Minute people in Watercolour. All are published by Harper Collins.

Trevor also writes articles and is a frequent contributor to The Artist magazine. A selection of his work is reproduced internationally on fine art prints and cards with Rosensteils and The Great British Card Company.

His current book The Emirates Through the Eyes of an Artist, Watercolour Journals of The Emirates was acquired by HSBC in celebration of their 60 year anniversary in The Emirates and Trevor became Artist of the Year, Middle East.

Trevor has recently returned from an exhibition at The Dubai International Finance Centre in affiliation with Mawaheb which is a charity raising funds for artists with special needs.

His website is

 


Paul Arnott - Digital Art - The Marmite Medium
Mar
8
7:30 pm19:30

Paul Arnott - Digital Art - The Marmite Medium

  • Clevedon School Sixth Form Centre

Paul is an artist in more traditional mediums who took an interest in digital painting and will share some of his work and techniques including some musical slide shows and demonstrations – like it or loathe it, digital art is here to stay!

Paul is a South Wales based artist, living in Cardiff. He has been painting in watercolours for many years, and has been demonstrating his method at local art groups and societies.

He is the present chairman of the South Wales Art Society, and has recently taken an early retirement from British Telecom, where he was involved the use of computing equipment.

Take a look at Paul's Website.

The Mikado - A Dress Rehearsal - A Drawing and Painting Evening
Feb
9
7:30 pm19:30

The Mikado - A Dress Rehearsal - A Drawing and Painting Evening

  • Clevedon School Sixth Form Centre

The Mikado runs from 17-20 February 2016 at the Princes Hall, Clevedon. The principal characters will be in dress (but not make-up) for us to enjoy an evening drawing and painting them as they prepare for their opening night.

Take a look at their website.

Images from 'another' Mikado production
Jan
26
7:30 pm19:30

Clevedon Art Club AGM

  • Clevedon School Sixth Form Centre

Come along and participate in your clubs Annual General Meeting.

Afterwards there will be a sale of some excellent art equipment and materials that were bequeathed to the club. All proceeds will be donated to Charlton Farm Children's Hospice

Pick 'n' Mix - Approaches to various painting techniques - Les Matthews
Nov
10
7:30 pm19:30

Pick 'n' Mix - Approaches to various painting techniques - Les Matthews

  • St Mary's Church Hall

Les Matthews is a world renowned west-country based artist who has been exhibited both in the UK and internationally during a professional career that spans five decades.

His highly sought after paintings are prominently featured in many private and public collections throughout the world including City Museums, National Trust properties, Universities and The Museum of Modern Art in Canberra Australia.

Mainly, a cityscape painter, his work explores cities around the world: From the far east to the middle east, from Europe to the United States. Although versatile in his use of mediums, his main output is through his use of oil paint, using exquisite layered detail, a technique reminiscent of the renaissance. Just some of the knowledge gained through his extensive training at the Royal College of Art and whilst studying to be a restorer at the National Gallery London, UK.

Les will give us a number of mini demonstrations across a variety of media to show some different approaches that we may be inspired to try out for ourselves.

www.lesmatthews.co.uk

Members Exhibition and Sales of Art Work
Oct
30
Nov 1

Members Exhibition and Sales of Art Work

  • Sixth Form Centre, Clevedon School

Friday October 30       10.30 am to 5.30 pm

Saturday October 31    10.30 am to 5.30 pm

Sunday November 01   10.30 am to 3 pm

Adventures in 3 Dimensions: 20th Century Sculpture in Britain - Dr Justine Hopkins PhD
Oct
13
7:30 pm19:30

Adventures in 3 Dimensions: 20th Century Sculpture in Britain - Dr Justine Hopkins PhD

  • St Mary's Church Hall

Modern sculpture seems mysterious to many people. Frequently abstract or distorted in form, and complicated rather than illuminated by critical jargon, it seems difficult and inaccessible. Yet everywhere we go, sculpture is: invading our space, demanding to have attention paid. That is what makes it so challenging, and potentially so rewarding.

Initially controversial, the names of the sculptors involved have tended to become more accessible than what they made. Jacob Epstein and Henri Gaudier- Brzeska; Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore; Michael Ayrton, Anthony Gormley, Elisabeth Frink and Eduardo Paolozzi – their work stands at the heart of our time, and yet still, too often, people looking at individual pieces are intimidated where they should be enthralled.

The viewing of sculpture is an exploration, an adventure, something to be enjoyed. This lecture sets out to prove that, where sculpture is concerned, we can all be explorers.

After taking her first degree at Bristol University in English and Drama, Justine Hopkins turned to Art History, studying for an MA at the Courtauld Institute specialising in European Art of the Romantic period. She then spent a year in Belize and the British Museum drawing Ancient Mayan pottery, before returning to the academic world to gain a PhD from Birkbeck College, London for her researches into the interactions of Science, Religion and Landscape Painting from the French Revolution to the Origin of Species. Since then she has worked as a freelance lecturer in Art History for Bristol, London, Oxford and Cambridge Universities; the Tate, National and National Portrait Galleries; the Victoria and Albert Museum; Sotheby’s, Christies’ and assorted independent institutions. Her biography of the c20th sculptor and painter, Michael Ayrton, was published in 1994; she has also contributed articles to a wide variety of periodicals and dictionaries, most recently the New Dictionary of National Biography and the Oxford Dictionary of Western Art. She lives in Bristol, in a house built in 1637 with timbers from ships that sailed against the Armada which she shares with a teacher, a photographer and a black cat called Martha. She divides her time between writing and lecturing, and makes lamp worked glass beads for relaxation

 

Elaine Cooper - The Power of Paper
Sep
8
7:30 pm19:30

Elaine Cooper - The Power of Paper

  • St Mary's Church Hall

Elaine will present a fascinating introduction to the Japanese art of treating and processing paper. She will demonstrate the ancient paper art of ‘Itajimeshi’ using pigment dyes and painting with paper ‘Chigirie’, torn paper collage.

We will learn about the history and traditions of Japanese papermaking and paper craft and everyone will have a chance to make a piece of decorative paper.

Elaine Cooper is a leading expert on washi (Japanese handmade paper) and a unique exponent of its innovative use in art and design. Elaine served a 10-year apprenticeship in Honshu where she was taught the ancient techniques of papermaking by renowned Japanese Masters. She then spent many more years developing her own exquisite papers that provide the perfect medium for her fine artwork. Her creations have an amazing resonance, beauty and depth, and her prints and paintings on multi-layered ‘stained-glass’ papers are extraordinary. Other works are formed from hundreds of layers of silk paper where image, texture and tone combine in perfect harmony. Elaine divides her time between the UK and Japan and does much to promote papermaking on a national and international level. She was awarded a Commendation by the Japanese Ambassador in 2002 for her contribution to Anglo-Japanese relations. Elaine also produces lighting and architectural installations and supplies specialist papers to artists, interior designers and the fashion industry.

Elaine's website

Ros Cuthbert RWA - Appraisal of members work
Jul
14
7:30 pm19:30

Ros Cuthbert RWA - Appraisal of members work

  • St Mary's Church Hall

We are grateful to Ros for agreeing to be one of the Selectors for last years open exhibition.

This year she has kindly agreed to give us some feedback as we prepare for the 2015 Open Exhibition.Club Members - please bring along one artwork to be appraised by Ros.

"I studied Painting at the Central School of Art and Royal College of Art in London, and became a Royal West of England Academician in 1996. I work in mixed media with collage as an important element. Collage is great for provoking unexpected imagery and even themes, and for adding incidental colour, pattern and texture to a work. It can also provide a link with contemporary social and cultural issues. For me, painting is a way of becoming intimate with the world. Through looking, remembering and imagining, and through the process of painting, I make connections with my subject. I may work through a particular theme in a series of paintings. Painting helps me to become more aware. When I find my mind drawn in and my heart touched I know I am looking at or listening to something good. I explore my passion for painting and my love of song, and hope that in some way these might bring happiness to other people."

www.roscuthbert.co.uk

Jennifer Davidson - A Colourful Life
Jun
9
7:30 pm19:30

Jennifer Davidson - A Colourful Life

Jennifer invites us to step into her world, from fashion through interior designs into fine art, it has been a truly interesting and colourful journey.

Today she works mostly in pastel and acrylics producing colourful landscapes, half real, half fantasy.

After a successful career as a Designer both in Fashion and Interiors, Jennifer studied Fine Art at the University of the West of England. Since graduation her work has been hung in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The Business Design Centre, Westminster Central Hall and the Mall Galleries in London and the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol, also in many other galleries and colleges. Her work has won many prizes and awards. She is a member of the Bath Society of Artists and Clifton and Clevedon Art Clubs. Her paintings are in private collections in Japan, Jamaica, Spain, Portugal, Monaco, France Australia, Canada and the U.K. Jennifer has an exhibition in the cafe at the Old Town Quarry, Weston-Super-Mare from May 31st for 2 weeks.

Jennifers Website

David Rowlands: Paintings of the 1st & 2nd World Wars, by the war artist David Rowlands
May
12
7:30 pm19:30

David Rowlands: Paintings of the 1st & 2nd World Wars, by the war artist David Rowlands

  • St Mary's Church Hall

The artist David Rowlands has been going on operations with the British Army since 1985 to paint scenes of soldiers at the front line. Less well-known are his paintings commissioned by the Army to portray soldiers in earlier campaigns of the 20th century.

He has been asked to interview veterans of the 2nd World War, including several winners of the Victoria Cross, in order to paint accurate scenes of their heroic deeds.

After completing his studies at Manchester University in 1974, David joined the full time staff of the Reading Room at the National Army Museum, London. He began working full-time as a professional artist in 1977. In 1987 he had his first portrait sitting with Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace for one of the Highland Regiments. Other portraits of members of the Royal Family have followed, and subsequently he has produced pictures commissioned by The Royal Collection. David has produced over 150 oil paintings since 1983 and has captured the essence of military units from 22 SAS to the RAF Regiment; he has also been honoured to paint a number of historical scenes from Waterloo to the Battle of Mons. David's paintings involve a huge amount of research into uniforms, equipment, tactics and whenever possible a visit to the battlefield or to the unit on operations. He has accumulated over 100 days of operational experience from Northern Ireland ('80s & '90s), Gulf ('91), Bosnia ('93 &'95), Kosovo ('99) and more recently Afghanistan and Iraq ('03). Where possible he likes to interview veterans and serving soldiers to gain an insight into their experiences and recollections - this first hand experience helps to create a painting of a past event which is as accurate as possible. David's paintings were selected by the Guild of Aviation Artists to be among the 'Aviation Paintings of the Year' in the Annual Summer Exhibitions at The Mall Galleries, London, July 2012, 2013 and 2014.

www.davidrowlands.co.uk

Ray Balkwill SWAC: Travelling Light
Apr
14
7:30 pm19:30

Ray Balkwill SWAC: Travelling Light

  • St Mary's Church Hall

This presentation is based on my new book and DVD, which is launched in the Autumn 2014. It concentrates on my travels further afield in the UK as well as abroad in search of new landscapes. We look at many of the places that have inspired me over the past two decades - from the West Coast of Ireland to Venice.

Although part travelogue, the art instruction discusses my methods, techniques and tips for sketching and painting en plein air. I also look at a few artists who have also been attracted to these places. An excerpt from the new DVD ‘Travelling Light’, filmed on location in Cornwall is also included.

Ray Balkwill, SWAc is a well-known West Country artist whose watercolours, oils and mixed media paintings are much sought after. Born in Exeter in 1948, he graduated from Exeter College of Art, thereafter making a career in advertising as an Art Director. In 1990 demand for his paintings led him to give up his job to become a professional artist. He has held numerous successful solo exhibitions, as well as showing in group and open exhibitions. These include the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, Royal West of England Academy and South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts. He also runs painting courses in Essex, Cornwall and from his studio in Devon. He is a regular contributor to art magazines and is also author of six books: 'Watercolour Plus' (David & Charles), 'Ray Balkwill's Exe Estuary' (Halsgrove), 'Learn to Paint Coastal Landscapes' (Collins), 'Painting Landscapes with Atmosphere' (David & Charles), 'A Picture of Devon' (Halsgrove). and 'A Picture of Cornwall' (Halsgrove). His work also features in a number of other books and magazines including 'International Artist', 'Australian Artist' and 'Pastel Artist International'.

www.raybalkwill.co.uk

A musical themed evening, drawing and painting together
Mar
10
7:30 pm19:30

A musical themed evening, drawing and painting together

  • St Mary's Church Hall

The opportunity to sketch and paint musicians, their music and a musical themed still life.

7.30 - 8pm        Kevin & Claire Malton : Soft jazz & blues guitar with occasional vocals

8.00 - 8.40pm   Classical ensemble ( including Violin, Cello, Flute etc)

coffee break

8.50 - 9.20pm   Kevin & Claire Malton : Soft jazz & blues guitar with occasional vocals

 Kevin & Claire are happy to stay in their positions during the classical ensemble for members who want to stay with the one subject have the opportunity to do so.

 There will be a range of still life arrangements with a musical theme and musical instruments for those who prefer to leave people out of the frame!

 Please remember that space may be a bit limited with the numbers that might attend on the night so travel light! Also if you are using paint, remember to bring suitable protective coverings so we don't leave any unwanted art on the floors, furniture or walls! 

 Unfortunately it will not be possible to bring oil paints to use on the night.

Winsor & Newton: New Year - New Products - New ideas - Linda Hollingshead
Feb
10
7:30 pm19:30

Winsor & Newton: New Year - New Products - New ideas - Linda Hollingshead

  • St Mary's Church Hall

Winsor & Newton's professional watercolour and acrylic artist Linda Hollingshead will demonstrate a range of their products - some fresh to the market and also new ideas for using some products that have been around for a while. There will also be an opportunity for you to 'get your hands dirty' and try some of these products out for yourselves.

Linda Hollingshead is an artist who brings a great understanding of colour light & nature to her art. Spending 5 years at Art College at both Bradford Art College and Somerset College of Arts & Technology studying Textiles & Surface Pattern Design. Before completing a Post Graduate course in Design at Birmingham Polytechnic. Linda combines her art gifts with her abilities as Healer & Reiki Master to create paintings imbued with an uplifting ‘vibe’ & amazing presence. You can feel the power of these paintings which are created in a sacred space using only the finest of materials. All of which are blessed for the ceremony of creation almost in the form of meditation. With the bold use of colour her canvases literally glow.

www.lindahollingshead.co.uk

www.winsornewton.com