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 Tuesday Club is currently full. There are a few places available on both the Thursday and Monday Clubs. 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)

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

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.

Our two Summer Exhibitions, the Pirbright Scarecrow Festival and  the Railings Exhibition, were a great success this year, with good weather and a good turnout of visitors. Many club members exhibited and a number also painted on the village green. Various sales were made both of framed and unframed work.

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 exhibition ran from June 7th to August 20th, 2016.

Earlier in the year, Ingrid also 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. See Members' News for Stephen's comments.