MEMBERS' NEWS

This page of the web-site is for members to share their experiences and their news of art activities, which they may, or may not, have taken part in.

As seen on the Home page, Nina Klein has recently had one of her paintings accepted by the Royal Society of British Artists for their Annual exhibition at the Mall Gallery during March 2018. Nina, shown right at the Gallery alongside her picture, "Dark, Dark Wood", has written about her experiences during the selection process.

"I sent a digital photo of my painting some time in December and was notified of my pre-selection. This entailed taking it to the Mall Gallery on a particular day for further selection by a panel and surprisingly it got through and was hanging in the main gallery during the Exhibition."

"This was the first London exhibition I'd ever entered and I really didn't expect to hear anything ever again. It just shows ..... you have to be in it to win it! It even made it to the Surrey Advertiser!"

"Philip Mould from BBC's "Fake or Fortune" opened the Private View and I met a couple of other non-members who had travelled down from Yorkshire and Lincolnshire to see their pictures displayed. Two of us were in the Main Gallery which was an added treat."

"It's been an interesting venture, as there was quite an eclectic mix of paintings, sculptures, prints, etc., that were chosen ... I am still none the wiser as to what they might be looking for but they do seem to be opening up a little more from previous years and selecting more from non-members, so it is really worth giving it a try."

 

As reported in the Club News section of the Home page, Jim Powers, a full member of the Society of Equestrian Artists, gave a special workshop to club members called 'Drawing Horses' featuring a demonstration on the proportions of horses followed by a practical session on drawing horses, both standing still and in action! Members drawings from the workshop, including those of Sue Cox, Sandy Barson, Elaine Balmer and Ros Saper are featured below.


Earlier in the day, 6th February, before his demonstration, Jim Power and club member Stephen Jones painted "en-plein-air" beside Pirbright Pond, as captured in the images below.

Elaine Balmer has had her painting "Passing By" (shown right) accepted for the Annual Easter appArt Exhibition at Prior's Field School, Godalming from April 1st to 16th, 2017.

STOP PRESS : Elaine is happy to report that the painting was sold during the exhibition. Well done!

Jenny Griffiths has recently completed a painting for the redecorated Eikon room at Collingwood School, Camberley, used by young people with Eikon staff and volunteers. Jenny says "This is by far the largest painting I've ever attempted (120 x 75 cms). It is deliberately dream-like and has several symbolic elements relating to Eikon's mission to support young people to be confident, thriving and resilient - the river, the rainbow, the swan, the young person emerging from the leaves as she discovers her identity". Jenny is shown (below) handing the painting over to Eikon's mentoring coordinator in Surrey Heath.

 

 


Sue Pallot's local pub sign blew over in the recent gales. Sue's husband, Chris, prepared the new sign and painted the frame black and varnished it once Sue had finished painting it. Sue had carte blanche for the design, which is shown below.









 

Stephen Jones from the Tuesday group, was shortlisted for Artists & Illustrators magazine's "Artists of the Year" award. His painting, Echoes, was among 50 paintings selected from thousands of entries, and was exhibited at London's Mall Galleries.

Stephen says "I first heard about the competition whilst visiting Art in Action last July with the Pirbright Art Club. My successful entry shows that it's always worth persevering and keeping your eyes open for opportunities to exhibit your work to a wider audience"

For further information on the exhibition and Stephen's entry, visit the Artists & Illustrators website, by clicking here.


Art Exhibitions (not involving club members) current or planned :

Galleries worth keeping an eye on for current and future exhibitions are :

The Forest Gallery www.thecastlegalleries.com, located at the top of Guildford High Street, opposite Rymans, is a small gallery, part of the Castle Gallery group. Their displays are eclectic, with a number of works by Ronnie Wood, the Rolling Stones guitarist, who is a trained artist and who is currently their "artist-in-residence" at their Mayfair branch. They also have a few paintings by Bob Dylan. If you're passing pop-in and have a look around.

The Lightbox www.thelightbox.org.uk in Woking.

The Mall Galleries  www.mallgalleries.org.uk

The Bankside Gallery www.banksidegallery.com is the gallery of the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers.