Thursday, 19 December 2013

York Art Society in Yorkshire Living

If you've picked up the December issue of Yorkshire Living you have probably already spotted the coverage of our recent 198th Autumn Exhibition, including a full page of photographs of some of our members and their work.  

Copies are still available from the usual outlets including Fenwick, Rodgers of York and Browns in York and Helmsley.


St Michael le Belfrey Exhibition this weekend

The St Michael le Belfrey Exhibition of Painters & Potters starts Friday morning at 10:00am and continues Saturday.  Come along and help support the work of the Never Give Up Group.

Peregrine Falcon
Lin Taylor

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Merry Christmas to all our members

.. and thanks to Julie Lightburn for the card above.

January Demonstation by John Connolly - Acrylic Seascape & Woodscape

Although we're still looking forward to Christmas, it's not too early to be thinking about the first of next year's demonstrations.   2014 starts for us on Saturday 11th January with an Acrylic session from John Connolly.

John trained as an art teacher at Doncaster and in Drama at Derby University.  After teaching both for several years , he became founder member and artistic director of Compact Theatre Company and has acted professionally (under the name Harry Connolly) since 1992. John divides his time between painting, acting and writing (with a bias towards painting since 2003).  He has written three plays which have toured in the UK and in the UAE.

John also sings with the Shaydes, previously known as Old Spice.  In 2010, he became a full time artist working in his own Ormscliffe Studio in Bolsover.

You can find more at

Festive Still Life in Acrylics by Haidee-Jo Summers

Thanks to Saturday's demonstrator, Haidee-Jo Summers for a wonderful session on acrylics.  For those of you who couldn't make the afternoon, here's the finished picture.

Festive Still Life
Haidee-Jo Summers
Haidee-Jo has also sent along copies of the notes she distributed at the demo describing her process of working.  If any member would like a copy, please drop an email to the usual address
You can see more of Haidee-Jo Summers' art on the web by visiting her own site

Monday, 9 December 2013

Janet's Foss by Sandra Barras

Janet's Foss
Sandra Barras
Another preview of one of the artists who will be exhibiting work at St Michael le Belfrey on Friday 20th & Saturday 21st December.

12 painters and 4 potters will be at this pre-Christmas show, so come along, find some unique last minute gifts and support the work of the Never Give Up group.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

St Michael le Belfrey - Phil Dodsworth

by Phil Dodsworth

This stunning piece is by Phil Dodsworth, who will be exhibiting his work on Friday 20th & Saturday 21st December at St Michael le Belfrey

More of Phil's art can be seen on his own site

January Exhibition in aid of St Leonard's Hospice

We are pleased to announce that we will be repeating last year's successful exhibition at the St Leonard's Hospice shop in Heworth early in the new year.

This time the exhibition runs from Friday 17th January to Saturday 1st February, with a Preview Evening on 17th January from 6 to 8pm.

Members are encouraged to submit two works but space restrictions mean that it may only be possible to hang one.  Paintings not hung can be held in reserve and displayed when other works are sold and removed.

A commission of 25% will be charged on any sales.  20% of this will be retained by the charity and the remaining 5% goes to cover administration costs.

Please note that all existing artwork in the shop will be selling at reduced prices in the two weeks before the exhibition starts (2nd January to 16th January.

Any queries about this exhibition should be directed to Peter Cooke or Ron Walker.  More details will be announced at the demonstrations on Saturday 14th December 2013 and Saturday 11th January 2014.

Last year's exhibition was a great success and you can read more about that here.

Wharfedale Crag by John Dawick

Wharfedale Crag
Vinyl Engraving
John Dawick

John Dawick will be another of the artists exhibiting at St Michael le Belfrey on Friday 20th & Saturday 21st December.

Badgers by Caroline Lewis

Caroline Lewis

Caroline Lewis is one of the artists who will be exhibiting at St Michael le Belfrey on Friday 20th & Saturday 21st December.

More of Caroline's work is available on her own site

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Self Help Group Dates for 2014

The first two Self Help Group meetings for 2014 have been arranged for the new year.  The dates are

Saturday 18th January

Saturday 22nd March

The venue for both is the usual place - St Andrew's Church Hall at Bishopthorpe .

The day runs from 10.00am to 4.00pm.   Entry is just £6 to cover the hire of the hall.   Free coffee and tea are provided, but bring a packed lunch with you.

These are always friendly and relaxed sessions and provide a great venue to share skills with other members of the Society.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Mermaid & Miller Making Merry in December

Our friends at Mermaid & Miller are having their latest preview evening this Friday, 6th December.  It all kicks off at 24 Swinegate, York from 6 pm to 9 pm.   Go along and pick a few Christmas gifts in a friendly atmosphere.  Music and wine included.
To learn more about this and their other activities, follow Mermaid & Miller  on FaceBook 

St Michael le Belfrey Exhibition Poster

Less than three weeks until the last show of the year.  Free entry to the public from 10:00am Friday 20th December.

St Michael le Belfrey is situated right next to York Minster so you can't miss it.  Click here and here for more details of the event.