Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Coat of Paint by Peter Cooke

With all the recent event announcements and exhibition updates, we've not been featuring a lot of members' art in recent posts.  So let's rectify that starting now with a piece by our Chairman, as recently exhibited at the De Grey Rooms.

Coat of Paint
Peter Cooke

If any members wish to display their work here or on the official web site - soon to be re-launched - please send them in to the usual email address  yorkartsociety@yahoo.co.uk    If you need advice on resolution of digital pictures, email the same address for details.

Looking Back at the 199th Exhibition

Just over a week since we closed the doors on an incredibly successful 199th Exhibition at the De Grey rooms, so this is an ideal time to look back on the highlights of that week and who better to describe them than the lady who made the event a reality ........ so over to our esteemed exhibition secretary, Shannon Morgan  ...........

Another exhibition comes to an end, and it’s time to look at how we did and, more importantly, to take a moment to reflect and thank everyone who worked so hard to make it such a success.

Handing in day is always a bit fraught, but the set-up team did an exceptional job and everything ran smoothly. The guys   [ Ron, Peter B., Alan, Rex, David Peter C., and Dan ] all stepped forward and set-up the boards in record time… and then stayed on to help get works hung.  The girls  [ Christine, Jackie, Julie, Fiona, Lin, Caroline, Jelena, Judith and June H ] did an amazing job as well, getting everyone’s works, cards and prints checked-in and ready for hanging… then jumping in and working with the guys to get everything finished and ready for the preview in record time.  And it wasn’t just quick… it was exceptionally well done.

We were fortunate to get Robert Brindley as our Selector.  He arrived in the early afternoon and spent several hours carefully considering all of the works as he made his choices.  A number of members had works commended or praised but ultimately Sector's Choice was awarded to Tom Whaley’s for “Kerry a Campagne”.  You can view that here if you missed it on the night.

Over 170 people attended the preview evening which was opened with style and humour by our own George Smith, MBE.  Entertainment was provided by William “Billy” Bills, whose music added enjoyment and warmth to the festivities, and at the end of the evening the public choose “Summer” by Fred Corrigan as their preview favourite.

We had lovely weather through the week and a record crowd… which also gave us some record results. We sold 24 original works, numerous cards and prints and took in over £3,400 in sales (including brisk takings from the café over the Easter weekend).

I would like to thank everyone who volunteered to Steward (some of them covering more than one session!), your help behind the desk makes sure everything runs smoothly and is greatly appreciated!

There are also four members whom I would like to specifically thank for all of their dedication and support. 

The first is June Whittaker, who was there most days and served solidly and cheerfully on the front door, making sure people were received by a smiling face and a warm welcome. She really made sure that people got a good first impression as they entered our exhibition and found their way upstairs safely.

The second is June Hardy, who took it upon herself to be responsible for the café over the three day holiday weekend. The cakes were amazing, the customers were smiling, and the whole experience was a really positive contribution to our exhibition event.

The third is our Chairman, Peter Cooke, who made sure he was on-site to provide support when I wasn’t able to be there, and the fourth is Tony Howson who makes sure that all of our financial bases are covered. Their support made my job much less stressful!

So, now looking forward to our 200th in October - and believe me that's much, much closer than it might sound on a beautiful spring day like today -  so please let me know if you have any ideas for event or activities that we could undertake to make it extra special. It will be here before you know it!

And most importantly… keep painting! Without your amazing talents, we would have no exhibition at all.

....    and thanks to Shannon for an exemplary lesson in putting on a great show.  We'll be returning to the De Grey Rooms in the autumn and would like to repeat her request for ideas for our 200th show.  We'd also love to hear from any members with memories of exhibitions in years gone by or in fact any interesting details or anecdotes from the society's history.   Mail them in to the usual blog update address yorkartsociety@yahoo.co.uk or speak to a member of the committee at one of the demonstrations or workshops.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Newton on Ouse Art Exhibition

Just a reminder that the next bank holiday, less than a week away, brings the 50th Anniversary exhibition of the Newton on Ouse art group.

The event is open across the long weekend between the hours of 10:30am and 4:30pm  in the Newton on Ouse village hall.

The show will also feature the winning entries from a competition held among local primary schools to develop and encourage young artists.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Work by Phil Hart

With a few bank holidays looming, a timely reminder that Phil Hart currently has work on show in several places around the city.

A selection of Phil's early work is on display at the Harlequin Attic Gallery until 5th May. This is a busy little venue with huge footfall during the week.  It's a great place to show paintings and Phil tells us they're always looking for new artists,  http://www.harlequinyork.com/

More work can be found at Brick Lane Studios, just a couple of shops down from Barnitts. Again, they are always on the lookout for any pictures of York which are different from the traditional postcard images - particularly ones of high quality that can be copied and sold as prints. http://www.bricklanestudiosyork.co.uk/about-us

Phil also has a permanent display at Kafeneion, just opposite Cross Keys on Goodramgate. Drop in for the art and stay for the speciality cakes!  http://www.kafeneion.co.uk/

Exhibition by June Hardy

June Hardy is currently holding an exhibition of her own paintings at Dutch House, Crayke, Easingwold.

This is a great venue with an eco-garden and delicious food available.  Click through to their own site for directions and opening times.

The show is open Wednesday to Sunday and runs until 29th June.

More of June's work can be seen over on her FaceBook page www.facebook.com/pages/June-Hardy-Artist/

199th Exhibition Final Day

Easter Sunday brought the final day of our 199th Exhibition at the De Grey Rooms. Thanks to everyone who came along to support the event, particularly those who volunteered to do shifts stewarding or in the cafe.

And thanks also to Shannon Morgan for organising the event and to everyone at the De Grey Rooms for being such wonderful hosts.

This has been another successful week in a beautiful venue with a more than satisfactory volume and value of sales. We're already making plans for our spectacular 200th exhibition there in the autumn so watch for a series of promotional pieces over the summer.

If any members were unable to collect unsold work today, there's an opportunity to pick up tomorrow between 9:30 am and 11:30 am. Alternatively, email Shannon elizabeth_morgan1@hotmail.com or Tony tony.howson@crazedchimp.co.uk for arrangements.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Tom Whaley and The Selector's Choice

Here’s Tom posing in front of the picture that Robert Brindley awarded “Selector’s Choice”

Kerry a Campagne
Tom Whaley

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

First Day Sales at Exhibition

Our 199th Exhibition opened to the public this morning, bringing a steady stream of visitors to the De Grey Rooms. Sales were particularly brisk on the afernoon with over £600 taken for original art, cards and prints.

Thanks to everyone who went along today to help out - and special thanks to Bernadette and June for pulling a double shift to cover the afternoon.

We're still desperately in need of volounteers for stewarding this week - especially for the afternoon slots. We urgently require additional stewards for the Friday 3pm to 5pm slot and have no volounteers at all for 3pm to 5pm Saturday or 10am to 12pm Sunday. We urgently require three people for each slot.

The De Grey Rooms are a great venue and these last two exhibitions have been a major step forward for the society - but all of the work is pulled together by volunteers to make such events possible. So, if you're exhibiting and haven't signed up to the steward's rota yet, or if you just want to give something back to the Society, think about stewarding for a couple of hours towards the end of this week

To volunteer email Shannon elizabeth_morgan1@hotmail.com or Tony tony.howson@crazedchimp.co.uk

Preview Evening

The 199th Exhibition got off to a great start last night with large numbers attending the preview evening.

Our grateful thanks go to George Smith MBE for officially opening proceedings,to Robert Brindley for rising to the occasion as the Selector,  and to William 'Billy' Bills for providing live music throughout the night

 The public vote on the night chose "Summer" by Fred Corrigan as their favourite picture.

Fred Corrigan

The exhibition continues all this week until Sunday.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Posters and Fliers for the 199th Exhibition.

The 199th Exhibition starts tomorrow night at the De Grey Rooms, York and opens to the public from 10:00am Tuesday Morning.  If you'd like to help publicise the event, there are a number of posters and fliers available for you to circulate.

Members attending yesterday's demo were able to collect copies of each, but you can also obtain digital printable versions by emailing Yorkartsociety@yahoo.co.uk ( marking your request 'Exhibition Posters' ) or by using our download site.

The QR code ( in the bottom left corner of the poster ) can be scanned by any smart phone with a QR reader and will take you directly to the Exhibition page on our blog site. 

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Updates from York Art Society

If you're one of the many members who usually receive an email digest of the week's postings to the blog in the early hours of Wednesday morning, you might be surprised to see it arrive a couple of days early this week.  This is because we've decided to start issuing the updates on a Sunday evening to give more notice of events in the coming week

The obvious big date for the diary on this occasion is the opening night of the 199th Exhibition - just one week tomorrow at the prestigious De Grey Rooms in York on Monday 14th April   -   but there's also the April meeting of York Artworkers Association tomorrow and the city wide York Open Studios event continues next weekend.

And don't forget the best way to keep up to date is to visit the blog at any time or by following us on FaceBook or Twitter.   All the links you need are shown below

Selector for the 199th Exhibition

York Art Society is extremely proud to announce that Robert Brindley will be the selectors for this spring's Exhibition at the De Grey Rooms from 14th to 20th April 2014.

Robert is a member of the prestigious Royal Society of Marine Artists (R.S.M.A.). His work can be seen at the Mall Galleries, London, at their annual exhibition and with other members throughout the country, in marine related shows. He is the current Archivist for the Society.

Born in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, Robert worked in Structural Engineering as a Computer Aided Design Manager until moving to Whitby in the 1990s to became a full time painter, working in Watercolour, Oil, and Pastel.  Robert's inspiration is the challenge of capturing light and atmosphere in a contemporary impressionistic style.  His subjects are local landscape and coastal scenery around his home and, on painting trips further afield, the UK coast, Venice, Greece, France and India.

He is an elected member of The Fylingdales Group of Artists who have their Annual Exhibition at the Pannett Art Gallery in his home town of Whitby, where Robert also holds his own Annual Exhibition at the end of May.  He also regularly demonstrates and tutors Workshops for Art Societies and painting groups throughout the country, in watercolours, oils and pastels.

His work has been featured in several publications, including The Artist, The Artist & Illustrator, Pratique des Arts, Yorkshire Life, Yorkshire Today, 'How to paint Watercolour Landscapes from Photographs' and the Dalesman

Robert's first book, entitled Painting Boats & Coastal Scenery was published by Crowood Press in August 2009 and Painting in Pastels followed in September 2010.  Painting Landscapes in Oils was published in February 2012.  Copies are available from http://www.robertbrindley.com/shop.htm along with copies of his DVD tutorials.

Preview Evening for the 199th Exhibition

The official opening of our 199th Exhibition at the De Grey Rooms kicks off with the Preview Evening on Monday 14th April at 7:00pm.   All members and their guests are warmly welcomed to attend for live music, wine, hor d'oeuvres and stunning art..

We're also delighted to announce that this year's exhibition will be opened by George Smith,  one of the world’s foremost lecture demonstrators and judges of flower arrangement.

Born in Halifax and educated at Ackworth School and later at the Lancashire County Institute of Agriculture, George passed out as top student with Certificate of Distinction from the Royal Horticultural Society of Great Britain.  Following National Servie and an apprenticeship in Holland he ran a flourishing florists business in his native Halifax and pursued a career as an international speaker.

For forty years he has been privileged to serve as a judge at the Concours de Bouquets for H.S.H. The Princess Grace of Monaco and latterly H.R.H. Princess Caroline of Hanover in Monte Carlo.  George also decorated the State Apartments of Badminton House for the Three Day Equestrian Event, at the invitation of the late Duke & Duchess of Beaufort, and he was included in the Royal house party on nine occasions, with H.M. The Queen Mother always admiring his creativity.

George is a Special Associate of Honour of NAFAS in recognition of the many thousands of pounds he has raised for Charity.  He has been artistic director of many flower festivals in Yorkshire’s stately homes and cathedrals, in particular York Minster, creating the flowers for four Royal visits.  In 2004 he was awarded the MBE in H.M. The Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for Services to Flower Arrangement.

You can read more about George's life and works over at http://www.georgesmithflowers.com/bio/

York Artworkers Association April Meeting

The next York Artworkers Association meeting is on Monday 7th April at 7.30pm at Jacob's Well, Trinity Lane, off Micklegate.

April's talk will be given by Trish Hart.  The topic this month is The Hart Silversmiths Trust Drawings Collection Conservation Project.  This aims to preserve the work of George Henry Hart, a silversmith to the Guild of Handicraft.  There are over 3,000 drawings in this collection, all in need of cleaning, cataloguing, scanning and archiving.

Trish Hart is George's granddaughter, and will be Project Managing this process on behalf of the Trust to oversee the establishment of this important archive.

Non members are very welcome and entry is only £5.  More information can be found at www.yorkartworkers.org.uk

If you'd like to find out more about YAWA and their 2014 programme please visit their website at www.yorkartworkers.org.uk or pick up a leaflet available from several venues in York including the Pyramid Gallery in Stonegate

Abstracts by Shirley McMahon

We're pleased to bring you two abstracts in progress by Shirley McMahon.  

These are both watercolours painted on gesso.   Merci to Luisa Holden for taking the photographs (and that marks definite 'fin' to the French jokes). 

Shirley will also be one of our exhibitors at the 199th Spring Exhibition at the De Grey Rooms next week.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

199th York Art Society Exhibition

It's now just over one week to the start of our 199th Exhibition at the De Grey Rooms, York.

This spring, the show run from Tuesday 15th April up to and including Easter Sunday 20th April.  Entry is free to the public daily from 10:00am.

You can keep up to date with the latest news by following this blog and our dedicated exhibition pages.


199th Exhibition on FaceBook

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

May Exhibition at Newton On Ouse

.... and don't forget this is now just four weeks away .......

A Reminder of the Exhibition Guidelines

With the 199th Exhibition of York Art Society rapidly heading towards the De Grey Rooms, here's a timely reminder of the exhibitor guidelines that all exhibitors received when they first joined the society.  If you've lost your copy, here's a quick refresher.

You can also obtain a PDF of these rules by sending a request to yorkartsociety@yahoo.co.uk  marking your mail "Exhibition Guidelines".

York Open Studios - This Weekend !

With the onset of spring, artists across our city are opening their studio doors for the next two weekends. Yes, it's the phenomenally popular York Open Studios again, starting this Friday, 4th April.

The official site is your best guide to the venues and participating artists.  You can access that from this link.

As we told you a couple of weeks ago, this year's event kicked off in fine style with a launch exhibition at Bar Lane that tied into the Départ Cultural Festival.  Our very own Julie Lightburn attended and sent back the following report .........

Great start to York Open Studios . . . . . 

I popped in to York on Saturday morning to visit the York Open Studios Launch Exhibition. I loved the many and varied interpretations of the Grand Départ theme, including some very amusing ones –Stefan’s plate made me laugh. 

I did though have a bit of a panic when I couldn’t find my painting . . . . wasn’t it good enough to hang, had it been lost in transit . . . . ? On enquiry, Kim from the gallery was most apologetic, having sold it to a Lady from Bristol, who was only visiting for the day.  I was delighted to have made the first painting sale of the 2014 YOS, and luckily had another painting in reserve which is now hanging in its place. 

I’m also thrilled that the gallery are stocking my greetings cards, as of this weekend.  I had a grin from “ear to eat” as I texted to Paul (I wasn’t wearing my glasses!)

Julie is of course one of the many artists participating in the weekend events. See more of her work on her web page over at the SAA   www.saa.co.uk/art/lightburn

And now here,  for your enjoyment, is the very first picture sold in this year's York Open Studios.

Yorkshire's Yellow Glory
Julie Lightburn

( now somewhere in Bristol ! )

Looking Back at the March Self Help Group

Another lively and successful session of the YAS Self Help Group was held in Bishopthorpe on the 22nd March, this time attracting twenty artists to paint in a relaxing and supportive atmosphere in the superbly lit setting of St Andrew's Church Hall..

If you've not been along, these sessions are well worth attending. They attract a range of artists with varying skills and experience so there's always something to learn and usually something of your own repertoire that you can share with your colleagues.

The Self Help groups are entirely self sustaining and any extra funds generated help the society's wider activities.  YAS is extremely grateful to both Lin Taylor for organising these sessions and also to her stalwart group of regular attendees who make them such a success.

The next dates for your diary are Saturday 26th July and Saturday 6th September.

More details at this link.  http://yorkartsociety.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/self-help-group-updates.html