Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Exhibition Wrap Up

Some final thoughts on the recently concluded 198th Autumn Exhibition so, over to our very own Shannon Morgan .....

With the Treasurer balancing our account , and the cheques dropping through your letter boxes as we speak (or type), the 198th Exhibition is quickly drawing to its official close. But before we consign it to memory, I would like to give a quick wrap up.

First I would like to thank all of the hard working Stewards, the talented demonstrators and the artists who attended and gave their support for helping making both the week and our first "Meet the Artist" day a resounding success.  We had over 770 people through during the week  ... with 223 coming through on Saturday alone. A photographer from Yorkshire Living was in attendance and we should hopefully see an article in the near future.

Our new venue was a big hit with both members and public alike  .. and we received many positive comments in the visitors book.

We should all be very proud of what we've been able to achieve by working together, and if anyone would like to get more involved in future exhibitions or serve on the sub-committee .. please just contact me using the details below.

We will be having a Lessons Learned meeting at the Black Swan on Peasholme Green towards the end of November to review how the exhibition went (what worked and what didn't), and to look at how we can improve going forward to move from strength to strength.  If you would be interested in attending or have comments you would like me to put forward please let me know at Elizabeth_morgan1@hotmail.com , or by post at 5a Foss View, York. YO1 7NG.

We will be staying with York Theatre Royal De Grey Rooms for our 199th Spring Exhibition, which will be held from Monday 14th April up to and including Sunday 20th April 2014.   We should be in a position to confirm dates for our much anticipated Autumn Bi-Centennial exhibition soon.

Angela McCall Workshop

Looking for something exciting to do on the 2nd November ?

There are still two spots left for Angela's "Creative Watercolour Florals" workshop being held this Saturday from 10:00 to 16:00 at Christ Church Hall.

The cost is just £23.00, and the aim is to encourage a more imaginative, expressive, semi abstract and fluid approach to floral art and help boost confidence.

We will be using watercolour but perhaps introducing oil pastels, acrylic inks and white gouache and working from a limited source.  ie: one or two flower heads and a few leaves.

Please bring your own art materials to include big brushes, mixing palettes and big sheets of paper (not less than 20" x 16") in order to stimulate big ideas.

If you would like to attend, please contact Shannon Morgan at Elizabeth_morgan1@hotmail.com or by phone on 01904 637 863

Monday, 28 October 2013

The Big Draw

Don't forget this is the last week of this year's Big Draw, including events at York Minster , the National Railway Museum and the Theatre Royal.

For more on what's happening in our area, use this handy search routine on the official site. It just needs your post code.

Flying the Kite

Flying the Kite
Pat Thompson

Business As Usual

It's been a quieter week here on the blog since the 198th Exhibition closed last Sunday, but behind the scenes our crack team of number monkeys have been hard at work processing sales, crunching numbers and balancing the books.  

All the artist commission cheques were released at the weekend so, if you sold art, cards or prints during the 198th, you can look forward to a cheque in the next few days.

It's not too early to start thinking about our next events.  We're pleased to be back at the De Grey Rooms from April 14th to 20th, 2014 for the Spring Exhibition.  After that, in just a little under a year from now, we have our historic 200th Exhibition, for which we're already starting to draw up exciting plans.  If you enjoyed this autumn's show, please consider sparing some of your time to volunteer at one or both of these.  Keep watching the blog, FaceBook and our Newsletter for more news as it develops.

For the coming weeks, don't forget Angela's workshop this coming Saturday (very few places left) and our next demonstrations at Christchurch Hall by Hazel Lale on 9th November and Heidi-Jo Summers on 14th December - more details can be found on our demonstrations page.

Normal service on this page is resuming from tonight. If you've got any artwork, news or articles to share, please send them in to yorkartsociety@yahoo.co.uk.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Our Exhibition's Final Visitor

As we were closing up this evening, the De Grey rooms' very own Lindsay ( without whom this week would have been impossible ) brought in her little friend Maisy to have a last look around.

Welcome to the World of Art, Maisy.

Closing the Autumn Exhibition.

Well, we've only just finished packing up after the 198th Exhibition, but it's already looking like one of our most successful events of recent years.  15 paintings and over 200 cards and prints were sold and there was a steady stream of customers purchasing refreshments at Saturday's cafĂ©.

Our raffle attracted a lot of interest and many compliments from visitors. We're delighted to announce that the lucky winner is Julie Brown of York. We hope she enjoys her prize of The Old Manse, seen below with its artist Chris Dewire.

Thanks to all the members who exhibited, stewarded, served the teas or helped with the setting up and dismantling.  Thanks to Jane Duke for admirably filling the role of Exhibition Selector.  Thanks to everyone who gave a demonstration during Meet the Artist Day.  Thanks to Lindsay and the rest of our gracious hosts at the De Grey Rooms.  But most of all thank you to our Exhibition Secretary Shannon Morgan for crafting this incredibly fun week from the ground up and steering it to a fabulous conclusion.

We look forward to returning to this beautiful venue for the Spring 2014 show.  April 14th to 20th 2014 - make a date in your diary now.

Saturday at the Exhibition - Meet the Artist Day

We've had pleasing visitor numbers all week but yesterday, Meet the Artist Day,  was our busiest yet with footfall in the hundreds and a visit from Yorkshire Living. 
The day was structured around a series of well received demonstrations from our President, Angela McCall, and popular artists Pat Thompson, Shirley Davis Dew and Rhona Rowley.  
Julie Lightburn and Caroline Lewis were in attendance all day, to explain their creative process and answer questions from the public.  Other members of the Society (and in some cases their models ) mingled with visitors to explain the activities and benefits that come with YAS membership.
An additional attraction on Saturday was the tea and coffee area , just off from the main Ball Room, which allowed visitors to linger and consider purchases over as leisurely cuppa. Thanks to everyone who took a turn there to keep the food and drink flowing.
Here's a selection of pictures from the day for those who missed it.  There'll be more here and on FaceBook over the next couple days. 

Friday, 18 October 2013

Collecting Artwork after the 198th Exhibition

With the Yorkshire Marathon potentially causing major disruption to traffic on Sunday, we've had several questions about how this will affect the last day of the Exhibition. 

Members can collect unsold art between 15:00 and 17:00 on Sunday 20th, as advised on the original entry form. 

If anyone cannot get into York to collect their artwork, it can be retrieved on Monday morning from 10:00 to 12:00.  Members should ring the buzzer for the "Meeting Room", proceed to the ballroom, and a member of the York Theatre Royal staff will escort them to the storage area.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

New livery for the De Grey Rooms

Banners are now on display at the De Grey Rooms making the entrance much more prominent. These are only on display during the day as 'Blood and Chocolate' use the window space in the evenings.

More pictures of note picked out by visitors
"Winter Walk" by Shirley David Dew

"Puffin Forum" by Penny Whaley

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Meet the Artist

Our first ever Meet the Artist day on Saturday 19th October is shaping up to be quite an event!

Several members have already offered to volunteer their time and expertise to deliver demonstration and other activities (see schedule below), but we would love to have even more. So if you’d like to participate, please just send Shannon an email or give her a call … it’s not too late and the more the merrier!


10.00 am             Angela McCall               Creative Florals in Watercolour

11.30 am             Rhona Rowley                Watercolour flowers

13.00 pm             Shirley Davis Dew         Acrylic Demonstration

14.00 pm             Pat Thompson                Demonstration in Oils


09.00 - 16.00  Julie Lightburn -  answering questions and chatting about her work

11.00 - 16.00  Caroline Lewis - working on pastels and inviting questions from the public

09.00 - 11.00 & 14.00 - 16.00  Shannon Morgan will be conducting a 'have-a-go' activity table with multiple materials and light instruction

We would also love as many members of the society as possible to come along on the day to mingle with the visitors, chat and answer questions.  It should be a fun sociable get together for everyone.

Today in the De Grey Rooms, visitors have been expressing their personal preferences. Here are just some of the pictures that have drawn people's eyes.

"Black Grapes" by Valerie Bell

"Iris" by Audrey Kirk

"Tree by Crummock Water" by Janet Bean
( Commended by the Selector )


Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Tuesday at the Exhibition

Today was the first full day that the Exhibition was open to the public.  

We're pleased to report that we've made a strong start with several sales of artwork already, including pieces by David Hodge, Neil Fergyson, Chris Dewire and Susan Holliday, and interest expressed in a number of other works.   As usual, we're also seeing the prints and cards section proving popular with casual browsers.


So far this is proving to be an immensely enjoyable exhibition.  The preview evening events were well received, we've had many compliments from visitors on the magnificence of the venue, and there's a growing excitement around proceedings as we move towards Saturday's "Meet the Artist Event"

There's more to come this week, so keep checking the blog or our FaceBook pages for the latest news of the Exhibition.

Art, Wine, Nibbles, Awards ....... What's Not to Like ?

A few more pictures from last night's preview at the De Grey Rooms.

A rousing speech by Liam Evans-Ford; producer on Blood & Chocolate and community producer of the award winning 'York Mystery Plays 2012'.

Music and ambience provided by Jean Hotton, a pianist of versatility and part of Pavilion Music who provide beautiful music for a wide variety of ceremonies and events.

 The De Grey Rooms provide a stunning backdrop to a wide range of stunning artworks.

It was also time to unveil the choices made earlier in the afternoon by our Selector, Jane Duke of Stoneflower Studios

Selector's Choice : Cath Inglis' portrait of David Hockney   - the snapshot below doesn't do it justice and you really need to come along and view it for the full experience.

Commended by the Selector : Janet Bean ("Tree by Crummock Water"), Roger Baker ("Respite"), Margaret Dale ("Seaholly"), David Hodge ("The Shambles") and Angela McCall ("Autumn in Yorkshire").

Noted by the Selector : Julie Lightburn ("Estuary Dunes"), Rhona Rowley ("Primroses") and Susan Holiday ("Falls")

Once again, many thanks to Jane for admirably filling the role of Selector for us. 

Keep following the blog and FaceBook this week for more news of the Exhibition as it happens.

198th Exhibition Opens Today !

Delighted to announce that our Autumn Exhibition is finally open to the public from 9:00am this morning.   Free entry for everyone between 9:00am and 5:00pm each day this week.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Preview Evening at the De Grey Rooms

The official Preview Evening of the York Art Society's 198th Autumn Exhibition took place at the De Grey Rooms between 7:00pm and 9:00pm this evening.  We were pleased to receive a host of visitors from within the Society and the wider York community.

The event was opened by Liam Evans-Ford; producer on Blood & Chocolate (currently running at York Theatre Royal), community producer of the award winning 'York Mystery Plays2012' and a founder and producer of 'Sprite' productions based at Ripey.

The evening saw several sales of artwork and a brisk trade in cards and prints.

Congratulations to Julie Lightburn who's art was a clear winner in the people's vote on the night.

Thanks also to Chris Dewire for donating his work 'The Old Manse' to the public raffle.  The raffle  continues all week and tickets are only £1 a go. So please think about entering if you are attending in the coming days.

The 198th Autumn Exhibition continues from 9:00am to 5:00pm throughout this week.  And don't forget our special Meet the Artist day this Saturday 19th October.

Keep checking the blog and FaceBook for updates on the Exhibition.

Handing-in Day at the 198th Exhibition

An early start and a busy morning as our Autumn exhibition starts to take shape.   Display screens, the first volunteers and copious amount of coffee arrived at 8:00am prompt and the long day began.

This is a grand venue - a beautifully lit large main room.  In fact, so large it looked intimidatingly empty when we first arrived and started to put the displays up.   But throughout the morning there was a steady procession of artists calling by to drop off their entries, and by lunch time the screens were filling up nicely and a generous assortment of cards and prints were appearing in the spinner racks.

The De Grey Rooms are a wonderful part of our city. We're so excited to be exhibiting here for the first time and hoping this will be a wonderful event and the start of a long relationship.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

October Demonstration - A Winter Landscape by Geoff Kersey

October's demonstration at Christchurch hall brought a much anticipated visit from Geoff Kersey. With a nod to the time of year and the shortening days, he chose a winter landscape as his subject.

One of the problems faced with such a subject is the de-saturating effect of aerial perspective and the general whiteness of snow.  This could easily result in a finished picture with very little colour or interest.  Rising masterfully to the challenge, Geoff demonstrated how warm colours can be employed to advance objects and planes and cool colours used to make them recede.

Using a fairly limited palette, Geoff created the vibrant artwork you can see below

To discover more of Geoff's work, visit his own web site at www.geoffkersey.co.uk  where you can also obtain his books and DVDs.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Art & Craft Exhibition at Haxby Memorial Hall

Long time York Art Society stalwart Maurice Tooby bring us news of a one day Art & Craft exhibition at the end of this month. 
This event is raising funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance - a vital life saving service that is costly to run and yet depends entirely on donations to fund the equipment, the aircraft and the aircrew.  So come along and support if you can make it.
The date for your diary is Saturday 26th October and the venue is Haxby Memorial Hall - see here for directions.  Entry is free between 10:00am and 3:15pm.



Tuesday, 8 October 2013

198th Autumn Exhibition - Selector Selected !

York Art Society is delighted to announce that Jane Duke will be our Selector for the 198th Autumn Exhibition.

Jane is a watercolour artist, printmaker and portrait painter who is known for her fresh vibrant paintings and her use of pure, clear colour.  Born in Sussex, her home has been in the historic city of York since 1997.

Jane's work is characterised by its revelation of the half hidden colours around us.  This encourages the viewer to see the familiar with new eyes and to rediscover enjoyment of the surrounding world.

Her work has been bought and commissioned by private and corporate clients both in the UK and abroad.  Jane has been featured in several national publications including Artists and Illustrators which in 2009 described her as a 'master of watercolour'

Visit the Stoneflower Studio site  to learn more about her work or follow Jane on Twitter

Looking Back on the St Michael le Belfrey Exhibition

A final round up of pictures from the highly successful event at St Michael le Belfrey last weekend.  

With over 2,500 visitors on Saturday alone, we very much hope to arrange a similar exhibition in the near future.

Thanks again to Lin Taylor for tirelessly driving the original idea, St Michael le Belfrey and the Never Give Up group for hosting the show, all the artists who participated inside the church, the potters who braved the elements outside in the gazebos, and everyone who came along to browse or buy or otherwise support over the two days.


Don't forget our own 198th Autumn exhibition opens at the De Grey rooms in less than one week.  More on that to follow shortly.  Follow this blog or bookmark the page and check back here regularly to find out about future events as they happen.

And finally here's a handy list of links where you can see more work by some of our exhibitors

Lin Taylor

Chris Dewire
Caroline Lewis

Su Hudson

Sandra Barras

Ric Liptrot

Phil Dodsworth

Andrea Cundell