Monday, 27 May 2013

Multiple Sclerosis Trust Secret Art Show

Any members who are interested in getting an objective view of their work or simply wish to help a good cause may be interested in participating in, viewing, or otherwise supporting the Multiple Sclerosis Trust's Secret Art Show.  

The first Secret Art Show was held in York during Winter 2010 and raised £20,000 for the MS Trust.  The show has now moved online to allow more people to participate.  This year's event launches June 24th, with the sale starting from 9:00am on Monday 1st July.  All funds raised will go to support the work of the MS Trust.

All entries should measure 12cm x 12cm ( that's four and six-eighths of an inch square in old money ) -  or roughly the size of the inlay card from a compact disc.   Work is displayed and sold anonymously at a fixed price of £45.  The identity of the artist is only revealed when a piece is sold.

Thanks to YAS member Judith Pollock for drawing our attention to this worthy event.

You can read more about the Secret Art Show and get entry details from and

Or you can contact Sally Day at the address below
       Multiple Sclerosis Trust
       Spirella Building
       Bridge Road
       Letchworth Garden City
       SG6 4ET
                  telephone 01462 476700     fax 01462 476710

If you go down to The Woods in June .....

INTO THE WOODS is the title of a new exhibition at the Art & Rose Gallery in Pocklington, featuring arts and crafts inspired by Britain's native woodlands.  The exhibition opened this weekend gone (Saturday May 25th) and continues thoughout next month until Friday 5th July.

Among other works on display are collagraphs from Judith Pollock's Homage to Stillingfleet Trees series.

More of Judith's work can be found on her own site which has recently had a revamp and is well worth a visit.  If you haven't already got that bookmarked, you can use the link to the right of this post, or simply click here.

More details about the Art & Rose gallery and opening times can be found here on their own site.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Mermaid and Miller Open Exhibition

Mermaid and Miller Open Exhibition
Friday 7th June - Friday 28th June
24 Swinegate, York

Artists are invited to submit up to four works of contemporary original artworks. The submission fee is £10 for up to 4 works. There will be 30% commission on any sales. Artworks can be paintings, printmaking, photography, drawing, ceramics, glass or textiles. Unfortunately Mermaid and Miller is unable to accept works which cannot be wall mounted.

No works to exceed 60 cm in any dimension.

Deadline for entries: Saturday 1st of June.

Each artist is guaranteed at least one of their submissions to be exhibited.

Works to be delivered Saturday 1st June - Wednesday 5th June.

The submission needs an A4 sheet with the:
    Name of Artist
    Telephone number
    e-mail address
    Title of each piece
    Size of work
    Retail Price

No unframed works (except canvases) or clip frames.
All works to be clearly labelled on the back and fitted with D-rings for hanging.

If you're not already familiar with Mermaid & Miller, you can find out more about their work here or by following them on FaceBook via this link

Monday, 20 May 2013

Saltaire Arts Trail

The Saltaire Arts Trail is an annual visual arts festival showcasing high quality contemporary art and craft in the UNESCO World Heritage village of Saltaire, West Yorkshire. The next Saltaire Arts Trail is 25-27 May 2013 - save the date.

For Saltaire Arts Trail, the residents of Saltaire’s historic village homes open their doors to the public, playing host to exhibitions in living rooms, kitchens, hallways and stairs. As well as Open Houses there’s a Makers’ Fair, art and craft activities for all the family and tonnes of other things to do all weekend. Step inside, view original work by established artists and discover new talent…then take away the piece you fall in love with.

Chris and Jo at last years event
(This picture made it onto this years advertising leaflet.)

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Verbena and Honesty by Shirley McMahon

Verbena and Honesty
Mixed Media
15" x 10" approx
Shirley McMahon. 

Paper Trail at the White Swan

Last week we told you about York Paper Trail which is smartening up various sites around our city.  Here's some more recent images of the art involved. These are all on the White Swan Hotel on the corner of Piccadilly
This city centre building marked its centenary last year but is probably best known for the fact that it has stood empty for decades.  

The hotel closed sometime in the 1980s and was declared unfit for habitation about 20 years ago.   Plans have now been submitted to redevelop much of the building as apartments.

You can read more about the hotel's past and potential future on the excellent York Stories blog.

Caught in the Headlights by Shirley McMahon

Caught in the Headlights
Mixed Media
15" x 10" approx
Shirley McMahon. 

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

What we did the weekend after the bank holiday - Ice Age Art

Chris Dewire and his family visit the Ice Age Art exhibition at the British Museum.

An early train from York on Sunday morning (8am) and by 10 o'clock your surrounded by new construction at Kings Cross. From there its a short walk to the British Museum where there is currently an exhibition of art works from 40,000 to 20,000 years ago.

This is the earliest known representation of the human head.

Ice Age Art  is an exhibition that takes your breath away with sculptures and drawings from before cultural memory. There are drawing on bones and antlers, sculptures in bone, ivory and stone and highly ornate throwing sticks (cutting edge technology of the time) displayed along with drawings and sculpture by modern masters. Described as the arrival of the modern mind it certainly shows how we find beauty and symbolism in very similar things despite the vast gulf of time that separates us.
Art is timeless and is what will ultimately define a culture.

Monday, 13 May 2013

What we did on our (Bank) Holidays 2 - The Giant Rocking Horse of Fangfoss

Last week we asked members to let us know how they spent the recent May Bank Holiday. So it was great to hear from Shirley Davis Dew who told us about her participation in the Pocklington and Area Open Studios, during which she sold four paintings and lots of cards.

The weather was beautiful last weekend, so this was an ideal opportunity for visitors to explore Shirley's Garden Studios at Fangfoss.  If you missed the chance to visit, or simply want to see more of Shirley's work, you can check out her own web site.

Shirley is part of the Rocking Horse shop at Fangfoss, so this was also a chance to view Bigger Bertie, the biggest hand carved rocking horse in the world., before he goes off to London next month.  You can read more about Bertie here.

By the way, if you read last week's entry about the Stillingfleet Scarecrow Festival you might be curious about the outcome of Judith's entry.  We're now pleased to report she secured an impressive second place, beaten only by a collective of 4 scarecrows enacting a Wizard of Oz theme.

Don't forget there's another Bank Holiday at the end of this month, so let us know of any exhibitions or events you're planning.

Roseberry Topping by Shirley McMahon

Roseberry Topping
23" x 20" approx
Shirley McMahon. 

York Paper Trail during May

If you've wandered down Leeman Road recently you've probably noticed that the railway tunnel is looking a bit brighter, thanks to a series of images wallpapered to the brickwork. This is all part of York Paper Trail which is running now and throughout May - and for however long after that the pictures survive the elements.

The project is the brainchild of local designer Deborah Bowness, and her sister and business manager Leigh.  It builds on the success of a similar installation in Brighton last year when brick walls and boarded-up shops were decorated with Deborah's distinctive designs.

The images included in the current displays include wallpaper collages by York College students alongside Deborah's own designs plus furniture, secret doorways and windows looking out onto iconic York scenes.

The York Paper Trail began at the Leeman Road tunnel on April 29th and also takes in the Bonding Warehouse, some of the city's snickleways and shops around Castlegate.

You can follow these links to read how The Press reported the story.

Friday, 10 May 2013

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

What we did on our (Bank) Holidays

It's great to report that the good weather finally arrived in time for the May Bank Holiday.   Hopefully you've all been enjoying the last few days and  found the time to get out and be creative or go along to some of the many local events and exhibitions.

Among the events on offer this past weekend,  the Stillingfleet Scarecrow festival took place on Sunday 5th at the village institute, accompanied by stalls and refreshments and an archaeological display in the local church.  The charming character below is the scarecrow designed by YAS' own Judith Pollock.

Here on the blog we'd love to hear of any member's May artistic endeavours or reviews of any exhibitions or events you've attended recently.   Send them in by email or catch Chris or Tony at the next meeting.

Monday, 6 May 2013

Raku Pot by Shirley McMahon

Raku Pot
Shirley McMahon. 

York Art Society Annual General Meeting

Just a reminder that there is no demonstration this month as the May meeting is traditionally reserved for York Art Society's Annual General Meeting.

The AGM takes place at the usual venue, Christchurch Hall on Stockton Lane, York between 2:00pm and 4:00pm on Saturday 11th May.  So come along and share your views, meet the Committee, hear reports on Society activity during 2012/2013 and vote for the coming year.  This is your opportunity to express your opinions and help shape the future of your Art Society.

The regular second Saturday demonstrations will recommence on June 8th with Chris Tkacz showing us how he creates his landscapes in oils.

Mixed Media by Shirley McMahon

Goats Water, near Coniston
Mixed Media
16" x 12" approx
Shirley McMahon.