Monday, 25 February 2013

Exhibition of Prints by Judith Pollock

York Art Society member Judith Pollock currently has an exhibition of her printmaking at the Pyramid Gallery in Stonegate, York.

A large number of the original collagraphs in the exhibition were inspired by the changing view from her studio of the village green as a number of trees were felled or pruned.

The exhibition continues until 20th March and the gallery is open 10 -5 Monday to Saturday ( and also open some Sundays).

Examples of Judith's work can be seen here or on her own website

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Spring Newsletter & Entry Forms for the 197th Exhibition

It's now only three weeks to the opening of the 197th York Art Society Exhibition at the Guildhall, so members who are wishing to exhibit need to get their entry forms returned to our Exhibition Secretary, Ron Walker by the closing date of March 4th.

The official entry forms for members were circulated with the spring newsletter that began distribution at the end of last week.  Additional copies can be provided on request or can be downloaded by clicking here.

Members who provided an email address should already have received their newsletter and entry form last Thursday.   This is by far the most efficient way to get information distributed to you so, if you haven't already registered an email address with us, you are encouraged to do so when you renew your membership for 2013 / 2014.

Any non-members reading this can still enrol in time for the Exhibition if they contact the Membership Secretary using the "Joining the York Art Society" link to the right of this screen. 

The Spring 2013 Newsletter also contains articles on previous exhibitions at the Merchant Adventurer's hall and St Leonard's Hospice shop, details of forthcoming demonstrations and self-help groups, news of an oil painting 'taster' day at the Norfolk Painting School, details of the next Open Air Exhibition and may other dates for your diary and pieces about art in and around York.  

Demonstration Schedule for 2013 / 2014

Hot off the presses - or maybe the digital imaging processes at a local printer of note - here's your first view of the artist demonstrations we have got planned for you in the coming year. 

Click anywhere on the table below to increase size for easy reading.

More details of the participating artists and their work will appear on our Demonstrations page later this week, so be sure to check back for those.

All demonstrations take place at the Christchurch Hall on Stockton Lane, York.  They start promptly at 2:00pm and last for approximately two hours, with a half-time interval for the purchase of very fine tea and biscuits, lovingly served by Stella and Chris.

Terry Harrison working during one of last year's demonstrations 
Demonstrations are free to members and there's a cover charge of £5 for guests.  Membership reminders for 2013 / 2014 went out with the last newsletter so be sure to renew and not miss out on any of the sessions in our exciting new demonstration programme.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

New painting by Chris Dewire

Clementines and bowl
Clementines and Bowl by Chris Dewire
Oil on canvas panel
8" x 10"

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Upcoming Exhibitions

Despite the recent snow and freezing temperatures, spring is on it's way and with it comes the 197th York Art Society exhibition.  This is scheduled to take place in the prestigious Guildhall in York between Monday 11th and Monday 18th March 2013.

All members are welcome, and indeed encouraged, to submit up to three paintings for selection. There will also be an opportunity to sell cards, prints and unframed work on the side stalls, which has proved increasngly popular in recent years.   All members will receive an entry form with the next Newsletter which will be distributed shortly.

Any members who are able to assist with setting up on 11th March or take a shift as stewards during the exhibition should contact Ron Walker, Exhibition Secretary, to arrange times.

Looking further ahead to summer, we are pleased to announce that as in previous years York Council is organising an Open Air Exhibition in Parliament Street, York over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd June 2013. This will feature the work of both Society members and independent York artists and a portion of the revenue generated by sales will be used to support local charities. More details to follow.

Saturday, 9 February 2013

March Demonstration (revised date)

The next demonstration at Christchurch Hall features landscapes in oil by Carol Hill.

This is how Carol describes her art and career:

I learnt to paint whilst living in the Far East in the 1960's and it was there that my passion for painting began. I attended the art department in Hong Kong University under an American resident tutor who taught me oil painting for two years. The subjects were mainly landscape, still-life and portraiture as well as seascapes. I also studied Chinese painting with Professor Lau Ta Po for over a year. I gradually started to paint in watercolours and enjoyed the opportunity of being able to paint in both mediums.

I am a member of The Society of Women Artists, The Society of Floral Painters and a Member of The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.

Further reading and samples of Carol's work can be found at her website

Members should note that this now takes place on March 16th. This is a week later than the published programme due to availability of the venue.

St Leonard's Hospice Exhibition (Update)

The two week exhibition at the St Leonard's Hospice shop in Heworth has proved to be a great success. Over the two weeks that it ran, a total of 39 paintings by York Art Society members were sold.

It's hoped that the event can be repeated in the near future.

February Demonstration

The second demonstration of 2013 was Spring Flowers in watercolour by Vivienne Cawson.

Here's how Vivienne describes her career and work :

In the early 70s I trained in printed textiles at Leicester Polytechnic College. My working career began as a freelance designer of printed carpets for the European and US markets. During this period I began teaching art and design in Further Education on a part-time basis, which then lead on to me becoming Head of Department for art and design, working full-time in Further Education for 26 years in total. During my teaching career, I painted and exhibited as time allowed. I began painting professionally in 2005.

Pattern, colour and natural form are the focus for my floral watercolour paintings. Inspiration can be sparked by the flowers, their colours and shapes, a piece of delicious fabric, or special jug or vase. The contrast of natural form with geometric pattern is often a strong element in my work. I aim to produce a response in my painting that is fresh and contemporary, not merely a faithful reproduction and am inspired by the information set out before me to produce a spontaneous reaction. It is an exciting journey which I hope helps to keep my painting alive with fresh, vibrant colour.

Further reading and art work can be found at