Sunday, 30 June 2013

Art Is All Around Us In August

Many members will remember the summer of 2008's Grand Tour, in which reproductions of famous art works were exhibited in prominent locations around our city.  Take a look at this link if you wish to take a look back.

YAS member Julie Lightburn informs us that a similar project is happening on a national scale this summer.  For two weeks in August some of the nation's greatest art will be on display across tens of thousands of billboards up and down the country.  Artists, curators, media owners and entrepreneurs joined by a love of art are fuelling this massive charitable celebration.   Art Everywhere will be the largest exhibition of its kind in the world. 

Go to the website and help choose the 50 British masterpieces that will be posted across the country, turning the UK into the world's largest art gallery.

There's lots of ways to get involved, donate or simply enjoy the show.  Follow the links below for more information.

Looking Back on the Open Air 2013

A last look at this year's Open Air exhibition, featuring York independent artists and members of YAS, which took place last weekend.  Enjoy playing 'Spot the YAS Committee'

Photographs courtesy of Shannon Morgan and Carol Howson.



Saturday, 29 June 2013

Find Your Place Under Yorkshire Skies - Be Inspired!

Thanks to Sandra Barras for alerting us to two new exhibitions from the Inspired By ... Gallery in The North York Moors National Park, Danby. 

Under Yorkshire Skies features sculpture, paintings and drawings of the local landscape by Gail Hurst, Jennifer Tetlow and Sue Morton

A Sense of Place showcases Moors inspired contemporary textiles by Marion Atkinson and Christine Heath.

Both events are on now.  Entry is free and the exhibitions are open daily from 10am to 5pm, between Friday 21st June and Tuesday 9th July.  If you're thinking of a visit, check out the following link for more details

Monday, 24 June 2013

Day Two of the 2013 Open Air Exhibition

This years Open Air exhibition concluded on Sunday 23rd with another busy day in the heart of York.

In total 122 pictures were sold by independent York artists and members of York Art Society, raising £644 for this year's charities, the North Yorkshire Air Ambulance and The Never Give Up Group from St Michael le Belfrey.

A big thanks to everyone who exhibited or came along to support.

Chris Tkacz, recent visit to The York Art Society

Many thanks to Chris Tkacz for the recent demonstration on landscape painting in Oils. I for one found the day very inspiring and since that demonstration have done a few landscapes of my own.

Samples of Chris' work can be seen here -

Chris writes
'The York Art Society were a pleasure to demonstrate to, they were very welcoming and ready to offer lots of assistance helping to me to set up.  Questioning was considered and related to individual  development and experience.  Painting in oils is challenging but always exciting, so I hope more members will take up the challenge of painting in oils and consider direct plein air approaches in the future.  I would be very happy to return to the society for further demonstrations or workshops'.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

The Society of Women Artists 152nd Exhibition

We'd like to extend our sincere and hearty congratulations to Shannon Morgan, who has had two pieces accepted by the Society of Women Artists for their 152nd annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries.

This year's event starts with a private viewing from 10am to 8pm on Wednesday 26th June, including the official opening and Awards presentation by HRH Princess Michael of Kent at 11am.

The exhibition is then open to the public daily from 10am to 5pm, Thursday 27th June to Saturday 6th July  ( closing at 3pm on the final day ). 

For more information, check out the following links

or on  Shannon's own site.

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Day One of the 2013 Open Air Exhibition

Today saw the opening of this year's Open Air Exhibition in Parliament Street.   

Fortunately the weather behaved itself for most of the day and a bright Saturday afternoon brought out the shoppers. Over 70 paintings were sold today, all helping to raise funds for local charities.

The exhibition continues tomorrow (Sunday 23rd) so there's still time to drop by to support both local artists and local causes.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Sculpture Exhibition

BRIMHAM Rocks, near Harrogate, is to host its first outdoor sculpture exhibition, featuring the work of local artist Linda Thompson.

The collection, which includes a pair of hands entitled Dreamcatcher and a large 4ft-high magical fairy ring, can be viewed both at and close by the National Trust tourist attraction’s visitor centre until July 14.

Hayley Schofield  looks at  'Dreamcatcher' a sculpture by  at Brimham Rocks  near Ripon.

Stephanie Hinchcliffe, visitor services manager, said a sculpture exhibition would fit perfectly the rocks’ natural formations.

Brimham Rocks is free to visit but parking charges apply to non-National Trust members. Brimham House is open from 11am to 5pm. For more information, phone 01423 780688 or visit

Saturday, 15 June 2013

The Wave by Lin Taylor

The Wave
Lin Taylor

The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren - Truth, Compassion, Tolerance

At York Guildhall this weekend and continuing until Tuesday 18th,  you can view an exhibition of contemporary Chinese art. 
The purpose of the event is primarily a spiritual celebration and human rights protest in support of practitioners of Falun Gong   - click here to see The Press' coverage of the story behind the exhibition.  The artists featured are: Xiaoping Chen, Dr Xiqiang Dong, Tingyin Shi, Zhengping Chen, Kathleen Gillis, Yuan Li, Daci Shen, Ruizhen Gu and Dr Kunlun Zhang.   You can read more about them here.

The Call of Innocence by Xiaoping Chen
There's a diverse range of styles from classic Chinese illustration to more western influenced images. While several wouldn't look out of place on movie posters or comic books, there are also several thematic callbacks to famous works - notably variants on a Pieta, Goya's The Third of May 1808 and Henry Wallis' Death of Chatterton.
 The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren  -   Truth, Compassion, Tolerance - has been touring Europe, Asia, the Americas and Australia since 2004.  In that time it has visited 200 cities in 40 different countries.  If you can't get down to the Guildhall by Tuesday, it next moves onto Sheffield for two weeks in July.

More details can be found on the official UK site

Artists & Artisans at Poplar Framing

Lin Taylor has sent us news of her forthcoming exhibition at Poplar Framing in Boroughbridge.

The event runs from 30th June to 27th July.   You can find the venue on Poplars Industrial Estate,  just a few minutes out of town on Wetherby Road,  opposite Boroughbridge High School.  Click here for a map and more details.

Poplar Framing is open five days a week (closed Sunday and Monday) and you can view the exhibition during normal opening hours :
10am to 5pm Tuesday to Friday
 9:30am to 1:00pm on Saturday

North Yorkshire Open Studios 2013

If you're looking for ways to spend your weekend , remember that North Yorkshire Open Studios 2013 continues today and tomorrow. 

Studios across North Yorkshire from the Dales to the Coast are opening their doors for a second weekend.  More detail on participating artists and a useful map can be found on the official site.


Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Open Air Exhibition Posters & Fliers 2013

Just a reminder that this year's Open Air Exhibition takes place on Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd June in Parliament Street, with 10% of all sales supporting local charity.

Thanks to Julie Lightburn for putting together this year's posters and fliers.  PDF copies are being distributed to the membership by email so please display and circulate as widely as you can to publicise the event.

Cliffs near Durdle Door by Chris Dewire

In a departure from Still Life Chris tries his hand at Landscape.

Cliffs near Durdle Door
Oil on canvas
Will go on sale when it's dry.

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Monthly challange

In response to suggestions at today's demonstration it has been decided to have a challenge each month.  This month's challenge is the study of Notan structure.

Notan is essentially the breaking down of a picture into it's light and dark components. Notan may have
  • simply black and white (two value Notan).
  • black, white and grey (three value Notan)
  • or black, white, light grey and dark grey (four value Notan).
Notan drawings should be small (two inch approx. recommended) displaying only general areas of tone, no detail.  They are quick to draw and many variations can be made in a short space of time.

Your Challenge for June 

From the following picture
  • Produce 6 different Notan drawings.
  • Crop the picture in any way you wish.
  • Move elements to improve composition.

The Reading Cafe in Rowntree Park, York
email your results to

Results will be posted in early July.  If you decide to do a painting afterwards, send that in too.

Desperately Seeking York Art Gallery ?

If you're feeling culturally starved while York Art Gallery is closed for renovation (see here if you missed the news ), you may wish to check out their official link below to discover a range of activities to fill the two year gap.

A number of the best loved paintings and ceramics from the collection are currently on tour at sites across the city including Fairfax House and wider afield in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.  Several are also on loan to Tate Britain and the National Gallery, including a personal favourite monsignor-agucchi or (as my wife refers to it)  'Mr Aubergine Gets His Council Tax Bill '

Monday, 3 June 2013

Forthcoming Autumn Exhibition

October 14th to 20th 2013

The De Grey Rooms

The 198th Autumn Exhibition of York Art Society is only four months away.  Save the date !

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Open Air Exhibition - Saturday June 22nd & Sunday June 23rd

Assuming you need time to chill out after pedalling furiously around the streets, dressed only as God intended - see our previous story - why not stroll along to this year's Open Air exhibition which takes place in Parliament Street (outside M&S) over the weekend of June 22nd and June 23rd ?

As in previous years, this popular event features work by members of YAS and independent York artists and potters.  There will be 32 artists attending on the Saturday and 24 on the Sunday.  Sited on one of York's busiest streets with truly impressive footfall, this is a great opportunity for artists to promote their work and get immediate feedback from the passing public.

There'll be  a selection of original art and an assortment of cards and prints to purchase.  A share of the proceeds go to support local charity.  This event really needs your support as the success of this one will influence whether it continues in following years. Let's make this a success.

Please note the council offices are closed on these two days. Name tags and trading licences will be available from the wrapping desk.  Losing the office means that storage space is limited so exhibiting artists are requested to store wrapping, bags and spare paintings in their cars.  Lin Taylor may be able to arrange limited storage space for neatly packed items under the charity tables for any artists using public transport.  Please check with Lin first, either by direct contact or by sending a mail to with "Open Air" in the subject line.

Please also see York Local Link for details by following this link

On Yer Bike this June !

If anyone's interested in some impromptu dynamic al fresco life drawing, be aware that the World Naked Bike ride will be passing through York again this year on Friday June 21st.  

Apart from being a great excuse for some fun, fun, fun in the sun, sun, sun, this annual event has a serious purpose in protesting against oil dependency and car culture.  It celebrates both the versatility of the bicycle and the diversity and beauty of the human body - while offering a stark reminder of the vulnerability of the cyclist in modern traffic. 

Now in it's eighth year, it involves thousands of riders in 50 cities worldwide.  You can see the 2013 UK schedule and read more about the event here.   The riders usually circle our streets for 40 minutes or so.   Fancy dress and body paint are optional - helmets and knee pads are probably a must.

Thanks to Carol Ann Howson for these pictures of last year's action along Goodramgate.

So go along and support it  ( you know you really want to ).   Take a pad and some charcoal - but you'll have to sketch fast ! 

Landscapes in Oil - Saturday June 8th

The June meeting of York Art Society is this coming Saturday at 2:00pm in the usual venue, Christchurch Hall, Stockton Lane York.  Entry is free for members and £5 for guests.

The subject of the demonstration this month is Landscapes in Oil, presented by Chris Tkacz.   His style confidently blends American abstract art with both the English romantic landscape tradition and his family's own East European heritage.  In recent years Chris' work has taken inspiration from the Derbyshire Dales.

After graduating from Birmingham School of Art & Design with both a BA and MA in Fine Art, Chris taught at Beauchamp College in Leicester and St Mary's Grammar School in Ashbourne.  Now settled in Matlock, Chris works fulltime as an Artist and runs the Little London Gallery with his wife Krystyna.

Samples of his work can be seen here -