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.

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Margaret Jones, Monday Drawing group member writes:
"Must share some fun news! My pen and wash painting entitled "Hogs Back Vista" that I entered for the St. Mark's Wyke calendar 2019 competition, has been chosen as "The Winner" and will go on the front cover of the calendar! There were over 40 entries of paintings, drawings and photographs, so I was really chuffed! My art friend Hugh Morley also had one of his fab paintings chosen of Wanborough Fields for the August page. We were both delighted as I only learned about the competition via a Facebook link that popped into my news page, when there were just 3 days to run until the closing deadline! So Hugh and I were burning the midnight oil and managed to produce 3 paintings each to enter in the tight time scale!
It's amazing how when under pressure, with a goal and deadline, one can produce some of your best work! For me too it came at a time when it was great therapy, so lovely to be absorbed in something creative that just evolved".
See further comments about Margaret's entry at St. Mark's Wyke Facebook page and their website news page.

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."

February 2017 "Drawing Horses" workshop with artist Jim Powers. These photos show some of the work done by members during the above workshop.


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

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.

 

 


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 :

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.