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.

Elaine Balmer mentions that her painting Golden Days (right) has been selected for the Lightbox virtual exhibition and for display in the new Victoria Square development. The Victoria Square Art Project is a Woking-wide art competition celebrating work from those who live, work study or have an affiliation to Woking. The exhibition will happen at some point during this (2020) Summer. Keep checking The Lightbox website for exhibition timings. www.thelightbox.org.uk

 

David Harmer reports an April sale, "This was from my Artfinder site. I sold 'Reigate from the Tunnel' - the painting (below right) went to a buyer in Reigate of all places. Parcelforce collected so I didn't have to break my isolation, and it was delivered the following day. The lady who bought the painting has sensibly put the package into quarantine. That was about 10 days ago and I will give her a few more days before asking whether everything went ok with the painting itself.

I did also sell another painting from my Artfinder site in January, to the USA. Two paintings from the Artfinder site in one year would be good. In one quarter is something of a record".

In May, David reports that he sold 'Eilean Donan Castle, Lochalsh' (below left) from his own website. As he says "Very pleased about that as that brings sales to three for the year at a time when there are no local exhibitions."

Maggie Read, Stephen Jones, Ingrid Skoglund and David Drury exhibited at Denbies Wine Estate as part of the Village Artists group, from 24th February until 8th March, 2020.

Ingrid Skoglund, member of our Monday group, had one of her paintings accepted for the Royal Watercolour Society's Contemporary Watercolour Exhibition at the Bankside Gallery, London SE1 9JH between 6th and 18th March, 2020. Ingrid is shown here with her entry, "Look up in the Sky and See".

In view of the Coronavirus restrictions, the exhibition time was limited and the entries can be seen on-line by clicking here

Maggie Read is joining members Nina Klein and Teri Berry in the Surrey Artists Open Studios event this coming June. Look out for the brochure in Spring and the map / flyer for Merrow Art Trail. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Maureen Phillips, a member of our Tuesday, Monday and Thursday Watercolour Plus! groups,  recently exhibited at the Guildford Model Engineering Society event. Maureen says "The Society hold a yearly two day gala event, mostly engineering, of course, but we have a stand exhibiting other skills by members, woodwork, needlecraft, knitting, art, etc.. This year I was voted into second place by a public vote for my acrylic painting entitled "Wheels" ".

Sue Pallot writes "While husband Chris was chatting to his pub acquaintances and showing them (on his mobile) my latest painting of a deer on the outside of our house, the village butcher asked him if I would consider painting an animal mural under his shopfront window - leaving me to decide on the design.

Not the easiest project as the panel was at ground level and 12 foot by 8 inches. The animals were relevant to his shop with alternate herbs between them. I made a thumbnail sketch of the design and actual size acrylic paintings of the animals to show him. These were cut out and used as templates, the herbs were taken out of the garden and painted from life.

Only being able to do it on Sundays when the shop was closed took me 4 weeks due to weather and how long I could sit on the ground."

David Hardcastle writes "The East Coast Painting group has been going in one form or another for over 40 years and has met at various locations including the Lake District and Southwold in Suffolk. I have been joining them since 2015 and have been press ganged into organising things for the past 2 years.

In September 2019 we had another excellent week in Suffolk. We had mixed weather, quite cool and windy at times but good turnouts every day. The big surprise of the week was Sizewell Beach, which had a great mix of old boats, ramshackle sheds and good views, not to mention the very paintable power station itself (see below). There was a critique of our various paintings by Kim Page, which was very informative."

Nina Klein 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.".
 

Jenny Griffiths completed a painting for the 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.

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 :

Watts Gallery, www.wattsgallery.org.uk in Compton, Surrey

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.