Tuesday, 28 January 2014

2014 Pastel Courses by Cath Inglis

We're pleased to bring you details of new dates for 2014 by Cath Inglis.

The new season includes pastel courses at Cath's Studio and one day pastel workshops at Bishop Wilton Hall near Pocklington.  Anyone who's previously attended will know that the Hall is a great venue with lots of light, plenty of space and ample parking. Not to mention a great view !

Refreshments are included for both Hall and Studio events.  Studio courses also come with an invite for a two course lunch and wine.

Please note that these are not York Art Society events so contact Cath directly to book.

These are always popular sessions and the studio course can only accommodate 8 students so you're advised to call early to reserve a space.  Email cath.inglis@btinternet.com or telephone 01759 372 629 for more detail and availability.

You can also obtain a PDF copy of Cath's latest brochure by emailing the Society to request one or using our download area..

A Request for Feedback on the 198th Exhibition

We finally have room in the schedule to have our Exhibition follow-up discussion and are seeking opinions from all members.  We would like to have an informal chat about what you feel went well at the Autumn exhibition…. and, just as importantly, any areas we could improve going forward.

We will be meeting at the Black Swan in Peasholme Green during February ( precise date and time to follow), and all interested parties are welcome to attend. 

So that we can make sure we have reserved enough space, please let us know if you are intending to join us by contacting the Exhibition Secretary.   Shannon can be contacted at 5a Foss View, York YO1 7NG or by emailing  elizabeth_morgan1@hotmail.com

Self Help Dates for Spring and Summer 2014

Two more Self Help Group meetings have been arranged for later in the year.  The dates are

Saturday 10th May

Saturday 13th September

Both are held at St Andrew's Church Hall at Bishopthorpe.

As usual, these friendly, relaxed sessions run from 10.00am to 4.00pm.   This is a great forum to exchange tips and advice with your peers and only costs £6  ( to cover the hire of the hall).   Free coffee and tea are provided during the day but it is suggested you bring along a packed lunch.

For more details, contact Lin. Taylor   (email: lindaataylor36@gmail.com   or tel: 01904 702590 )

Red Kite by Lin Taylor

Red Kite
Bird Portrait on Feather
Lin Taylor
You can see more of Lin's bird series, not to mention her other work, on her Face Book page. www.facebook.com/LinTaylorArt

Sunday, 19 January 2014

March Exhibition at Mermaid & Miller

As teased last week, three members of York Art Society have got an exhibition running at Mermaid & Miller throughout March.

The three exhibitors are all local artists
  • June Whittaker - current YAS Secretary and known for animal portraits and local scenes
  • Roger Baker - commended at the 198th Exhibition for his imaginative landscapes
  • Lin Taylor - ubiquitous and versatile artist, currently making a name with her bird paintings on feathers.
Roger Baker at the De Grey Rooms, October 2013
Come along and view their work all through March.  The Mermaid & Miller shop at 24 Swinegate, York is open 10am to 4pm between Mondays and Saturday.

Thanks to Mermaid & Miller for hosting the show.  This is the latest in a series of great events they've organised since they formed in 2012.  As well as providing much needed wall space for local artists, they are an arts and crafts co-operative for adults with learning difficulties or disabilities who have decided  to commit to a work-focused group and make products together. Each item crafted is original and unique and the profits are shared between co-op members. Brunswick nurseries also supply the shop with various items including a range of bird boxes.

If you haven't already bookmarked it, their FaceBook page is a great resource for keeping up to date with their activities and viewing their latest work.    https://www.facebook.com/mermaidandmiller

Watercolour & Acrylic by Shirley Davis Dew

Shirley Davis Dew
Watercolour & Acrylic

Friday, 17 January 2014

Higham Hall : A Residential Course on the History of Armour 1100 - 1700

Members may be interested to learn of a short residential course in Cumbria this August that looks at the History of Armour between 1100 and 1700 and is complemented by instruction on painting reflective armoured surfaces in still life.

Both sessions are delivered by Paul Walker, a tutor who has trained in illustration and traditional techniques of art production. Running at Higham Hall in Cumbria from August 1st to 3rd, this is a beginners level introduction to armour design and includes full board in this wonderful residential college set in the lake district.

The content closely follows the tutor's illustrated book of the same title and includes practical demonstrations of wearing armour, using weapons and techniques of construction, using period art to show how artists represented this subject over the years.  Copies can be obtained from the Crowood Press at  http://www.crowood.com/details.asp?isbn=9781847974525&t=History-of-Armour-1100-1700

The course prospectus for this season has not yet been published so get an advance look by checking www.highamhall.com or by calling 017687 76276 for details of this and many other art based courses throughout the year.

Their online brochure can be accessed at

Thursday, 16 January 2014

The 2014 Secret Art Show for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust

The MS Trust's Secret Art Show returns this spring for another successful year.

Last year's event received excellent press coverage, including reviews in House and Garden magazine and Artists and Illustrator. One of the participating artists commented " I was delighted to see my last picture in Illustrator magazine and when it was sold, I received a lovely email from the man who purchased it".

The 2013 show raised an amazing £21,000 which means artists have helped the Multiple Sclerosis Trust raise a total of £87,000 since the Secret Art Shows began in 2010.

The deadlines for this year are
  • April 30th  - work required to be submitted
  • June 23rd  -  online viewing opens
  • June 30th  -  sales start
Entry details can be found at

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Haidee-Jo Summers : The Colour of Light - now on in Nottingham

If you enjoyed December's demonstration from Haidee-Jo Summers, you'll be delighted to hear that she has a new exhibition this month in Nottingham.

The Colour of Light exhibition runs from Wednesday 8th January to Saturday 18th at 71 Friar Lane Nottingham.  Open daily from 10:30am to 4:00pm.

More detail's are on Haidee-Jo's own page.  If you can't make it along there, this link also lets you see all of the work in the exhibition.

Oils by Shirley Davis Dew

Shirley Davis Dew

Saturday, 4 January 2014

January Demonstration by John Connolly

As advertised before Christmas, January's demonstration of acrylic landscapes and seascapes by John Connolly takes place this coming Saturday 11th January.  See here_ for more details and some examples of John's work.

The demonstration will be at the usual time and venue -  Christ Church Hall on Stockton Lane from 2:00pm onwards.   Entry is free for all members and only £5 to guests.


Staithes Beck by Lin Taylor

Staithes Beck
Lin Taylor
Pen & Watercolour

Art by Lin Taylor

If you've been enjoying the contributions to this site by Lin Taylor, you should check out her own page for more of her art.
Lin is a versatile artist, keen to embrace a variety of mediums and subjects, so check her page regularly to see what she surprises us with next.


As the new year begins, you may be interested in an exhibition that opens Wednesday evening,  8th January, at the new School House Gallery on Peasholme Green.

Dimidium features the work of York St John University's third year Fine Art students, marking the half way point in their final year.

If you've not visited before, note that the gallery is hidden away in the secret garden between the Quilt Museum and le Langhe delicatessen.  ( directions )

More details can be found here     http://www.schoolhousegallery.co.uk/exhibitions-current