Sunday, 31 August 2014

More 200th Exhibition Plaques

Here's some more of the plaques submitted by members for the upcoming 200th YAS exhibition at the De Grey rooms this October.

Readers of a certain age please feel free to hum the Vision On Gallery theme as you browse your way through them ......

If you haven't finished yours yet , you can hand in at the September or October meetings or post to

Julie Lightburn,
Studio 14, 
The Bull Centre, 
YO32 9LE;

Plaques for the 200th Exhibition

A big thank you to everyone who has already sent in their plaque for the 200th exhibition.

You’ll see from the small selection here we already have a wide array of media, style and subject matter.  We can’t wait to see what’s handed in at the next demonstration meeting on Saturday September 20th.


If you won’t be at either the September or October meetings you can post your entry to Julie Lightburn, who looks forward to the postman arriving with great anticipation.  Send them to
Studio 14, 
The Bull Centre, 
YO32 9LE;

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Next Self Help Meeting

As we plan our Autumn activities, Lin Taylor brings news of an additional SelfHelp group meeting that takes place on Saturday 22nd November and runs from 10am to 4pm in the usual venue of St Andrew's Church Hall, Bishopthorpe.

And don't forget that the next regular Self Help meeting takes place next week on Saturday 6th September.

The cost is only £6  ( to cover the hire of the hall).   Free coffee and tea are provided during the day but you're advised to take along a packed lunch.  

September Meeting of YAS

Our demonstration programme resumes on Saturday September 20th with Phil Biggs creating a Watercolour Landscape.   Phil is an accomplished traditional watercolour artist of over twenty years experience.   He takes his influences and inspiration from Turner and De Wint, has exhibited frequently and now offers personal tuition.  You can see a sample of Phil's many works and read more about his life here.

This will be the first meeting after the summer break and also a chance to hear more about our upcoming 200th Exhibition.  Venue is the usual place and time ( Christchurch Hall at 2:00pm).  The afternoon lasts around two andf a half hours with refreshments available at the break and a raffle organised by Angela McCall and June Whittaker.  If anyone would like to contribute raffle prices, please contact June or Angela or simply bring them along on the 20th.

Promoting the upcoming Exhibition

As the date for our historic 200th Exhibition draws closer, we're starting to see early mentions of it across the web. Here are just a few recent links with details of dates and times and some background info on the Society.

One & Other


our own YAS Website

As members of YAS you can also help spread the word by sharing the news on your own web sites or social media forums or simply by word of mouth.  Official posters and fliers will be available shortly.  If you'd like to contribute digital images of some of your own work for inclusion in the publicity material please get in touch with Shannon Morgan using this link.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Un peu d'inspiration pour notre 200e Exposition - the mother of all Fridge Magnets

A recent Paris stopover on their way to a painting holiday in southern France gave YAS member Judith Pollock & her husband Colin chance to explore the Museum of Modern Art.

It's a fabulous gallery well worth a visit - there are no crowds, the permanent collections are free & the cafe does amazing food to be enjoyed with magnificent views of the Eiffel Tower across La Seine.

So perhaps if you are feeling daunted by that little plaque waiting for your attention this October, take heart & imagine how Robert Delaunay felt about the prospect of completing this work!

Rythme °1, Decoration_for the Salon des Tuileries,

York Artworkers Association September meeting

The next York Artworkers Association meeting is on Monday 1 September at 7.30pm 

Speaker - HAROLD GOSNEY, Sculptor
Venue - Jacob's Well, Trinity Lane, Micklegate, York

Admission: YAWA members £2, non members £5

Harold Gosney studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and taught at Grimsby School of Art between 1960 and 1992.  During this time he carried out several sculptural works in churches, schools and other public buildings.  Moving to York in 1996 he continued to explore the use of copper in sculptures deriving inspiration from human and animal forms.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Help Us Celebrate Our 200th Exhibition

As you will know from the most recent newsletter, we’re organising a sale of small “artworks” to celebrate the society’s 200th exhibition later this year.  We are asking all members, and selected guests, to produce a small work of art to donate to the Society for display and to sell at the exhibition.

We are providing everyone with a small plaque which can be painted or have other artwork attached to it. You don’t have to produce a miniaturist painting, you can decorate the plaque in any way you like – create a bold statement with abstract colours - cartoons, calligraphy and collage are all acceptable.  We will glue magnets on the back of the plaques to display them, so they won’t be framed; although the purchasers may choose to frame them. (This isn’t a “Secret Art Show” so you can sign the front of your plaque)

We are aiming to have 200 diverse “mini works of art” , slightly more than the current membership numbers, so we will need a little help to reach our target.

If you’re a member of the society and haven’t received a plaque, would like another, or would like to contribute as a guest artist please contact Julie Lightburn.

There will be prizes for the “best” and “most imaginative” pieces, but also all entries will be entered into a draw so everyone has an equal chance of winning.

Painting in George Smith's Garden

Luisa Holden has provided us with some photographs from last week's painting day in George Smith's garden at the Manor House, Heslington. 


Always a popular event in beautiful surroundings, this year proved to be another successful and enjoyable day, despite the late summer weather already starting to get chilly.

The gardens are always a delight and George mentioned that Alan Titchmarsh has been filming there recently, for a programme to be aired next year.

Rhona at the easel ....

.... and her work in progress

Half Time Refreshments

Late summer al fresco artists
Thanks to Lynda Baker for her work in organising this annual event and of course to George for generously hosting the proceedings.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Friday at St Michael le Belfrey

 A steady start to the first day of the exhibition at St Michael le Belfrey with a great variety of artistic styles on show.  Lin Taylor's bird feather paintings continued to be popular and several large canvases were sold by Fred Corrigan.

Music was provided throughout the day by Rachel Dawick, the daughter of exhibiting artist John Dawick. Playing guitar and singing beautifully to her own compositions, Rachel performed both inside and outside the venue. 

Across the road, our neighbours at York Minster were hosting a service for the Royal Dragoon Guards as part of the First World War commemorations.  

The exhibition, which is helping raise funds for homeless charity The Never Give Up Group, continues for a second day on Saturday August 16th

Thursday, 14 August 2014

St Michael le Belfrey Is This Weekend !

I believe we may have mentioned this once or twice ( or more like several gazillion times ) but just a reminder that the two day Art & Pottery Exhibition at St Michael le Belfrey is happening this weekend, August 15th & 16th

Open from 10:00am Friday and raising money for the Never Give Up Group ( who work with the homeless around the city)  - so drop in over the next couple of days and support a worthy cause.

Previous exhibitions at St Michael le Belfrey

Julie Lightburn at Blossom Street Gallery

A successful day at Blossom Street Gallery last Saturday for Julie Lightburn, who has sent the following report and photos.

"I enjoyed conversing about art with friends, fellow artists, and people who'd popped in to see the exhibition ……… some had even come especially to see me!

Early morning visitors were a family on holiday from Essex who’d been disappointed to find the York Art Gallery closed for refurbishment but were delighted to have found via an internet search that I would be painting in the Blossom Street Gallery.  It was lovely chatting with a York University Student who had returned to the City from London to visit with her young family.  Having done a tour of the museums (and her old drinking haunts) they made it to gallery just in time for the end of my session.

I’m looking forward to painting in the gallery again on Saturday 23rd August, between 10.30am and 3pm "

Sunday, 3 August 2014

August Events

Just a reminder that there is no meeting or demonstration in August.  Our regular second Saturday programme takes a break for the summer but will resume on September 20th with traditional watercolour landscapes from Phil Biggs.

In the interim, here's some other activities to consider over the summer and links to where you can find more detail on the blog

Artist Days at Blossom Street Gallery  9th & 23rd August

Painting in George Smith's Garden  16th August

Artists & Potters at St Michael le Belfrey   15th & 16th August

Poppleton Artists Exhibition  22nd to 25th August

The Great North Art Show   30th August to 21st September    (including work from Cath Inglis)

Art Without Fuss  4th to 6th September 

Self Help Group workshop  6th September

Have a great summer and don't forget it's never too early to start thinking about our 200th Exhibition at the DeGrey Rooms in October