PIRBRIGHT ART CLUB was started in 1999 by art tutor Maggie Read, as a way of continuing art sessions for her students during the long breaks between Adult Education terms. Since then, it has developed into a thriving and successful club with a reputation for excellence in the presentation and quality of work on show at its exhibitions. Some of the founder members are still with us but we also have had many new members attracted by our website, through Maggie's classes or by word of mouth, joining us over the years. We now have three groups - each meeting once a month for drawing and painting sessions.

The Club is currently full. Anyone interested in joining our waiting list, please contact Maggie Read.

Club News

We now have our own PIRBRIGHT ART CLUB FACEBOOK PAGE which will hopefully reach a wider and more diverse audience when we advertise our exhibitions. It is also a useful way of showing members at work; "before and after" paintings and Art Club activities almost as they are happening! Do look for us, if you are on Facebook, and encourage your friends to "Like our Page"! Click onto our Facebook Page to see what we are up to each week!

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Everyone can Post onto our Page so feel free to Post your own Art activities and events.

Tuesday Club Evening on October 25th features Selection and Framing for the Annual Exhibition between 8 - 10.30pm (in the committee room) All members may bring work along for advice and help with selection. We hope to have our framer/s on site to take your orders. A selection of mounts will be available for sale for your “folio” entries. Please phone or email beforehand to book your time slot if you are not a Tuesday member! (Painting meeting continues as usual that night for Tuesday group - see list of themes for subject and media)

Earlier this year, David Harmer was approached by the charity "Cards for Good Causes" to paint Guildford High Street with a view to turning it into a Christmas card. This charity raises money for many leading charities by selling cards in temporary shops throughout the country.

The card shown above right is David's finished image which he has donated to the charity. The cards will be sold, from the end of October onwards, in a shop in St.Nicholas' Church at the bottom of the High Street.

David has been asked to cut the ribbon at the official opening which takes place on November 1st at 10:30 am.

The Pirbright Scarecrow Festival took place on Saturday 18th June, with many club members exhibiting and a number also painting on the village green. Various sales were made and the day was a great success. Our next exhibition is our annual Summer outdoor Railings exhibition, to be held outside the Lord Pirbright's Hall on Saturday 30th July.

Ingrid Skoglund had two pictures accepted by the Llewellyn Alexander gallery for their annual "Not the Royal Academy" exhibition. Ingrid's two pictures are entitled "A Day at the Seaside" (also see below) and "Under the Surface". The Gallery is located at 124-126 The Cut, Waterloo, London SE1 (essentially opposite the Old Vic Theatre). The exhibition ran from June 7th to August 20th, 2016. Further details can be found at www.nottheroyalacademy.com.

Ingrid Skoglund received the public vote award for favourite picture in the Woking Art Society exhibition held at the Lightbox. The winning picture, "A Day at the Seaside" is shown here. Ingrid also received the Chairman's Shield - a great achievement, as she had only recently joined Woking and become an exhibiting member! Ingrid has also joined Guildford Art Society and recently sold a painting she exhibited at the Guildford House Gallery.

Stephen Jones, a member of the Tuesday group, was shortlisted for Artists & Illustrators magazine's "Artists of the Year 2015" award. His painting, Echoes, was among 50 paintings selected from thousands of entries, and was exhibited at London's Mall Galleries from 22nd to 27th February, 2016. Stephen is currently exhibiting at the Sutton Gallery. See Members' News for Stephen's comments.

The 2016 Annual Exhibition will take place on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December.

Drawing & Painting 'en-plein air' - illustrated talk by Steven Alexander

On Friday 9th October, 2015, an audience of 45 members and friends of Pirbright Art Club were treated to an illustrated talk by Steven Alexander of the famous "Wapping Group", which was established in 1946 and whose aim is to meet on a regular basis to paint London and the River Thames. For more information visit : www.thewappinggroupofartists.co.uk. Steven is a regular and prolific plein-air painter of landscapes and townscapes, mostly in oils but also in watercolours.

Steven showed us some of his ingenious equipment, created and adapted to meet his special needs (he was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease in 2009)  and shared his methods and approach to working "on the spot" in all weathers. He reminded us of the fundamental importance of regular drawing, showing many examples of his early work and a wide range of more recent paintings in both oils and watercolour. He talked about finding subjects in mundane contexts and how you should not rule anything out! The audience were able to ask questions and view around 35 original paintings when the talk was finished.

Stevens paintings are quite small in scale (ranging from 10x15 inches down to 5x7 - boards and equipment have to be compact and easy to carry) but they looked quite amazing blown up on the screen, where the detail and brush effects could be clearly seen. The light captured in these little paintings is quite stunning, as you can see!

We were thrilled to have Steven at Lord Pirbright's Hall talking to our group and we all found the images he showed of his paintings and equipment both educational and inspirational! He had generously offered one of his paintings to raffle for charity and £80 was raised for the Syrian Refugees Appeal. The winning picture went to Stephen Jones of our Tuesday group.