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Report for April to June

On Wednesday 5th April, Maxine Relton demonstrated 'Textured ground with watercolour/pastel' and exhibited her sketchbooks and journals. She is clearly a knowledgeable and experienced artist and gave us many tips. She worked from a sketch that she had made in Spain of farm buildings.


Following on, on Saturday 8th April Maxine led a workshop at Shipton Moyne Village Hall. After an introduction, we got down to work ourselves. Firstly we applied a texturing paste to several pieces of card. After practicing using pastels on one piece of card, we started work on a picture ourselves. We were free to choose our own subject but many of us tackled a still life from various bits of pottery that were available. For lunch, many of us had brought sandwiches which we ate outside in the warm sunshine. The afternoon passed quickly. Although I had hoped for more members, those who came enjoyed the experience. Our thanks go to Nicki Heenan for arranging this workshop.


This year sees the 40th anniversary of our foundation and we celebrated it with a competition of paintings of Tetbury. It was judged on Friday 28 April at the Preview evening of our Spring Exhibition in The Market Hall. Stewart Geddes, the President of the Royal West of England Academy, chose Nicki Heenan's painting of St Mary's church as the winner for its strong atmosphere and the two 'Highly Commended' artists were Margaret Morgan and Cwy England. Prizes for the winners were donated by Pegasus Art, Thrupp; Leopard Press, Tetbury; the Coln Gallery, Cirencester; Ken Bromley Art Supplies and the Society of All Artists. Other prizes donated came from Berkeley Castle, Tesco and Nicki herself! Mark Wright made the frames for the competition paintings and The Snooty Fox sponsored Stewart's meal. Many thanks to all the above for their generosity and to our organizers, Gill Ashley and Jenny Riley, and all those members whose hard work created a memorable Exhibition. The 'Best in Show' painting, voted for by the public, was by Margaret Morgan who also received a prize for this.


The Preview evening was very well attended and four of the competition paintings flew off the wall to early buyers. The money from the sale of competition paintings will be split 50/50 between the artists and our nominated charities for this year - The Prince of Wales' Charitable Foundation and Longfield House Hospice. Overall, 42 pictures by 16 Artists were sold - more than twice our normal sales in recent years; I wish we knew why! Refreshments included a cake made and decorated for the occasion by Doreen Pierce.


Just several evenings after the exhibition, Max Hale demonstrated 'Cafe scene - people and ambience'. Max is an artist whose demonstrations are much in demand and I was looking forward to the subject being covered but was not able to attend so I cannot tell you more about it.


We have a fair number of demonstrations over the year but our June meeting is traditionally used for us to bring along our own in-progress paintings and work on them in a sociable atmosphere.


A summer social is being planned for late July and Barry Barnes and myself are looking around for suitable sites for outdoor painting on Monday afternoons in July and August as the weather permits; the sites have to be visually interesting but easily accessible for those members who are not as agile as they once were. So far, in mid-June, we have identified 3 places with interesting buildings but need to select some different challenges too - this should not be too hard given the glorious countryside in this area. Members will also be busy working on paintings for our August Exhibition over the long Summer Bank Holiday - Saturday 26th until Monday 28th August.


We continue to display our work in Tetbury Hospital and a percentage of sales is donated to help keep the hospital looking after our community. September will see us meeting back indoors again with the start of our autumn programme; as I write this in mid-June, it seems so far away!

[posted 22nd June 2017, expires 31st August 2017]



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