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August

10.00am

2022 Plein Air Session 3

Many thanks to our chairman, Paul Potter, for hosting another successful event in his beautiful garden with wonderful shaded areas. We were treated to homemade flapjacks and biscuits. We were spoilt for choice of subject matter. Several members decided on the entire vista whilst others zoned in on the fish pond or on a specific plant or two. These "en plein air” days are so memorable and participants often come away with new ideas, painting tips and new friends.

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July

10.00am

Workshop: RONNIE IRELAND – Still Life Stories

For the first of our summer workshops Ronnie gave us a fascinating introduction to Still Life with reference to famous artists who have used the subject to create great paintings over the past 400 years. It was then over to us to try and emulate them and he was on hand with plenty of help and guidance. At the end of the afternoon Ronnie reviewed our efforts and offered more useful tips and advice. A very enjoyable and challenging day.

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July

10.00am

2022 Plein Air Session 2

Many thanks to Cally for hosting the second garden sketching morning, which was an enjoyable event and summed up by one the participants ... "Ideal, great collection of ornaments, etc. I do hope for another visit ... and the cake was fantastic!"

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June

10.00am

2022 Plein Air Session 1

Many thanks to Barbara for sharing her lovely garden with us for the first of our summer painting events.  It was a glorious morning - sunny, creative and sociable. A garden filled with plenty to inspire and thoroughly enjoyed by all.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.