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 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.

Krystyna Lysakowska entered the art section of the annual Chobham show on September 17th and won first prize in the mixed media category for her painting "Peacock Feathers" and third prize in the watercolour category for "Italian Landscape".

Elaine Balmer and David Harmer exhibited at the Royal Surrey Hospital from 27th May to 24th June. Some of Elaine Balmer's pictures are shown here. Have a look at Elaine's Facebook Page. David's website can be found at www.davidharmerwatercolour.co.uk


Elaine Balmer exhibited over the (bank holiday) weekend of 25th - 30th August at River House Barn, Walton on Thames with the Walton Art Club.

Stephen Jones and Maggie Read exhibited at the Europa Gallery, Sutton Central Library between 4th and 15th May, 2016.

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.









 

Maggie Read's derivative oil portrait of "The Naked Rambler", Stephen Gough was spotted in a Google search by the curator of Steve's website www.nakedrambler.org. He contacted Maggie and asked for permission to use it on the front page for March. Look for the image and article by clicking on the link above.

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 during 2016.

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.

Ingrid Skoglund was recently accepted as a full exhibiting member of Woking Art Society. Her paintings (shown here) were exhibited at the Lightbox in Woking during March. Other members exhibiting at the Lightbox www.thelightbox.org.uk include David Deamer and David Drury. Ingrid's picture, "A Day at the Seaside", won the public vote award for favourite picture at the exhibition.

Janet Moore was commissioned to paint a racing cyclist (the customer's son) after a visitor to our 2014 Annual Exhibition saw her stunning painting of one of the Olympic cycle team. The completed pastel painting (shown right) was received with delight.


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.

Forthcoming and Recent events include :

PATCHINGS (www.patchingsartcentre.co.uk)
The Patchings Festival took place between 9th and 12th June, 2016. The Festival, held at Calverton, Nottinghamshire, is one of the major outdoor art, craft and design events in the country.

ART IN ACTION (www.artinaction.org.uk)
Sadly - 2016 saw the very last Art in Action. Held at Waterperry House, Wheatley, Oxfordshire, it was described as "the best arts event in Britain". The event took place from the 14th to 17th July, 2016. Will be sadly missed.