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April

11am-5pm

SPRING EXHIBITION

After a three year break the Society was really enthusiastic about restarting our Spring Exhibition and it showed in the quality of the work on display. As well as an array of jewellery and crafts there were nearly 300 pictures for visitors to view. In turn we had many visitors who complimented us on the high standard of the exhibition. This year our raffle, which usually raises funds for the Society, was dedicated to Ukraine and the response from you all was outstanding as we have been able to donate £660 to the cause. Let’s hope it won’t be necessary next year.

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March

2.00–5.00pm

Workshop: FREDA ANDERSON – "Floral Arrangement"

For the last workshop of the Spring season Freda Anderson stepped into the breach as Marcia Hughes was unable to host the workshop. There was an impressive display of fresh seasonal flowers from which to choose a subject and by the end of the session there was an equally impressive display of paintings. A very creative and enjoyable afternoon.

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March

2.00–5.00pm

Workshop: ELLA HAYWARD – Landscape Studies

With Frank Walter’s demo still fresh in our minds, Ella hosted a very well attended workshop where many tried to apply some of the techniques so engagingly presented the previous evening. The gallery of work at the end of the afternoon was really impressive and Ella talked about every piece with useful advice and tips - a really enjoyable occasion.

11

March

7.45–10.00pm

Demonstration: FRANK WALTERS – "Landscape Studies"

A very full house of members and guests welcomed another new demonstrator, Frank Walters, and we were entertained by an informative and engaging presentation of his approach to watercolours. Frank set up his computer-aided overhead projection equipment which meant that the whole audience had a good view of his working method. He worked on two paintings which meant that the washes on one could dry while he worked on the other. He talked us through various techniques including wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, negative painting and much more. A thoroughly enjoyable and informative evening.

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February

2.00–5.00pm

Workshop: JIM HANLON – Portraits

Another full-house for Jim’s workshop inspite of the awful weather. Portraiture can be a 'tricky' business but Jim explained his approach and had plenty of useful tips. The impressive gallery of our efforts at the end of the session showed that his advice had not fallen on deaf ears!

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February

2.00–5.00pm

Workshop: FREDA ANDERSON – "Harbour and Boats"

Following on from the the demonstration by Rick Holmes the workshop led by Freda was really well attended with plenty of familiar faces and quite a few new ones. Many had been inspired to give pastels a try - some for the first time and Freda was on hand with lots of help and useful tips. The results at the end of the day were compelling evidence of a creative and enjoyable afternoon.

11

February

7.45–10.00pm

Demonstration: RICK HOLMES – "Harbour and Boats"

The Society welcomed Rick Holmes for the first time to give a demonstration using his favourite medium of pastels and what an informative and engaging evening it turned out to be. After talking about his development as an artist, the materials he favours and his method of working he went on to produce a stunning harbour scene in a deceptively easy manner. Members left the event eager to put what they had learnt into practice the following day at the workshop.

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January

2.00–5.00pm

Workshop: HILDEGARDE REID – "Still Life"

This really well-attended workshop saw Hildegarde guide us through composing and painting a still life from a variety of objects supplied. A very creative session with several new members participating and a great selection of work at the end of the afternoon.

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January

2.00–5.00pm

Workshop: RONNIE IRELAND – "Towards Abstraction"

The success of the previous evening’s demonstration was borne out by the number of members who attended the workshop, creating their own abstract works with guidance from Ronnie. The results were varied and very successful, showing that it can be good to be be taken out of your comfort zone.

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January

7.45–10.00pm

Demonstration: RONNIE IRELAND – "Towards Abstraction"

Because of the weather it was not obvious how many members would turn out for Ronnie’s demonstration; in the event we had a larger than usual attendance who were treated to an enlightening short lecture on abstract artists, ranging from Mondrian and Jackson Pollock to Ben Nicholson. Ronnie then explained various ways of devising the layout for an abstract of one’s own and showed how he personally has done it. We were then treated to a demo in acrylic where Ronnie transformed an old painting into something new and vibrant. The evening was an overwhelming success.

11

December

2.00–5.00pm

Workshop: HILDEGARDE REID - Seasonal Landscape

For the final event of 2021 Hildegarde hosted a workshop on the theme of 'Seasonal Landscape'. Originally this was to follow on from a demo by Kim Page on the previous evening but unfortunately that had to be cancelled. However a creative afternoon was spent producing images in a variety of media and all seasons were covered by our efforts and Hildegarde was hand with valuable tips and coaching. Let's hope we have many more opportunities like this in the new year.

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November

2.00–5.00pm

Workshop: ELLA HAYWARD - Exploring Colour

A very well attended workshop on a grey and stormy day was treated to a fascinating session hosted by Ella. With reference to the work of Henri Matisse and André Derain she explored the use of a vibrant palette and complimentary colours. Then it was over to us to release our 'inner-Fauve' using a wide range of still-life objects or photo references and by the end of the afternoon there was a joyful display of colourful images - enough to brighten the gloom of a cold November day!

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November

2.00–5.00pm

Workshop: FREDA ANDERSON - “A Bouquet”

Freda presided over a well attended workshop which followed on from Kevin’s demonstration the night before. We had a selection of flowers and photos to choose from and Freda helped us produce a wet in wet painting. As usual she was very helpful and instructive as could be seen from our finished works.

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November

7.45–10.00pm

Demonstration: KEVIN CHAPMAN - “A Bouquet”

A really well-attended demo saw Kevin paint a floral study in a loose and experimental style. In his inimitable fashion he broke or bent many of the conventions of watercolour and employed a variety of techniques to create a dramatic and engaging image. His belief that there is no right or wrong way to paint and no correct or incorrect brushes and materials to use was clear to see.

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October

10.00am–5.00pm

Autumn Fair

It was really encouraging to see so many of our members at the 2021 Autumn Fair, the first indoor event for two years. Preparations were, of necessity, more complex this time resulting in changed access and no refreshments, among other things. A record number of members applied for spaces and there was a really positive and upbeat atmosphere throughout the weekend. Nearly 500 members of the public visited the show, thanks partly to the well-honed publicity strategy headed up by Sue Monteath, and there was a healthy number of sales for both artists and crafters. There were many compliments from visitors on the high standard of work on display.

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September

2.00–5.00pm

Workshop: MARCIA HUGHES - Flowers, Foliage and Fruit

It was a pleasure to welcome Marcia back after such a long time to this well-attended workshop. There was a wealth of plant material, both fresh and dried, to choose from and the results at the end of the session reflected a creative afternoon which was enjoyed by all.

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September

2.00–5.00pm

Workshop: JIM HANLON - Reflections

Following on from Jim's excellent demonstration, the workshop was well attended by some members who had been the previous evening and some who were returning to a Society event for the first time. Jim was on hand to offer advice and encouragement and at the end of the day there was an impressive collection of work in various mediums.

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September

7.45–10.00pm

Demonstration: JIM HANLON – Reflections

It was a real pleasure to return to our usual venue for the first face-to-face event in far too long and there was an excellent turnout for what proved to be an informative and enjoyable demonstration by Jim who is a long-standing friend of the Society. It was so good to see so many familiar faces and quite a few new ones. Let's hope this is the first of many such occasions over the coming months.

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August

10.00am–5.00pm

Towpath Exhibition

This was our first opportunity to meet the public for, what seems like, a very long time and we had a large turnout of members showing what they had achieved over the previous months. The first day was blessed with glorious weather and there was a vibrant atmosphere with lots of visitors stopping for a browse. Although Bank Holiday Monday was not quite so good weatherwise the exhibition still attracted a lot of interest. By all accounts it was an enjoyable event for all those who took part – including quite a few new members – and there were plenty of sales.

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August

10.00am

Plein Air Sketching Session 4

After days of cloudy skies the sun finally broke through for our Plein air painting morning in Barbara Thaxter's beautiful garden. Again we were spoilt for choice on subject matter some opting for flowers, others the garden shed or fruit trees and some even finding inspiration from a set of old gardening implements. A thoroughly enjoyable morning. Many thanks to Barbara for once again sharing her garden with us.