Monday, 27 April 2015

Newton on Ouse Spring Exhibition

A reminder that our colleagues at Newton on Ouse are having their spring exhibition over the May day bank holiday weekend - Saturday 2nd, Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th May.

Lots of original work by members will be on display and for sale in the village hall, Newton on Ouse.  

Flamborough Beach
Lin Taylor
There will also be a range of cards and other bargains for sale in 'the Back Room'.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Phil Hart's new site

YAS member Phil Hart has just relaunched his web site.

Click on the image above or the link below to see his latest work and buy prints.

You can also follow Phil's progress on FaceBook and Twitter

or for a more tangible experience, pop into one of the several York cafes where he frequently exhibits.

Exhibition Guidelines

With the exhibition now less than a month away, it seems timely to post a reminder of the guidelines.

If you're planning on entering work on May 25th, please take five minutes to familiarise yourself with the rules below.  These can also be downloaded from our website along with the entry form.



1. Members will be notified of exhibition dates and times through all YAS communication channels (website, blog, newsletter, demonstrations).

2. Entry forms will have details for submission and collection of works. Members are responsible for adhering to these dates and times.

3. Three works may be submitted for selection and all decisions are final.

4. Work selected for hanging (or reserve) must remain in the exhibition for the entire duration of the exhibition. The only exception to this rule is the removal of purchased works by the public.

5. All able-bodied exhibiting members are expected to assist in supporting the exhibition through setting up, dismantling or stewarding during the exhibition.

6. The Society tries to minimize the risk of theft or damage, but accepts no responsibility for damaged or stolen work (this includes cards and prints). It is recommended that Members arrange their own insurance.

7. The Society will take a 25% commission from the sale of all items to assist with financing of the exhibition.


1. The following types of work are inadmissible for submission and display as part of the main exhibition:

  • Works that cannot be safely displayed on the Society boards due to size, weight or construction (peg boards are approximately 100 cm Height x 220 cm Width) 
  • Works that have already been exhibited in previous YAS exhibitions 
  • Printed reproductions of original artworks (such as giclĂ©e) 
  • Works which do not meet framing and presentation guidelines 
  • Works that infringe copyright guidelines 
2. Etchings and original printmaking are acceptable. Etchings must show their plate indentations.

3. Cards, prints and unframed originals can be submitted for sale and will be displayed separately.


1. All works must be securely framed (well-presented box canvases are acceptable).

2. Frames and mounts should be to a professional standard.

3. Metal, glass and Perspex clip frames are not acceptable.

4. Works must be strung and ready to hang (using eyelets/D-rings and picture cord or wire).

5. The cord/wire should be fixed a third of the way down the sides of the frame, and the cord/wire should be securely knotted and taut. This will allow the picture to cover the hook on the screen when hung.

6. The use of simple, neutral-coloured frames is strongly encouraged. 7. Oil paints and varnishes should be thoroughly dry.

8. Each work should be labeled on the back with the following information. Artist’s Name Membership No. Title of Work Price or NFS Medium (oil, watercolour, etc.) Please do not stick any labels on the front of the work.


Copying the work of other artists (or photographers) can have legal implications and must be avoided. The best way to avoid copyright infringement is to paint pictures directly from the subject, your own sketches or photographs you have taken yourself.

Posters & Fliers for the 201st Exhibition

Posters and postcards for the spring exhibition are now available.

These can be downloaded from our web site.

Entry forms and exhibition guidelines can also be downloaded from this site.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

First Weekend of Open Studios.

Here's some more pictures from Julie and Hannah from last weekend's Open Studios.

Spot the YAS visitors !

York Open Studios 2015 continues this weekend on Saturday April 25th and Sunday 26th.

A guide to participants can be found here.

201st Exhibition

A reminder that our 201st Spring Exhibition is now only one month away.

Handing in day is Monday 25th May (late spring bank holiday) and the exhibition is open to the public from Tuesday 26th to Sunday 31st May.

Entry forms and guidelines were distributed with the most recent newsletter.  They can also be down loaded from here

Opening Night of York Open Studios

A quick update from Julie on the first day of this year's Open Studios.

Julie: "Hannah and I have had a lovely day chatting to lots of interesting people; some new to our work and some old acquaintances.  It was lovely to see fellow members of the York art Society who popped in for a chat and a piece of cake. Hannah has been working on her portrait of Colonel Edward York most of the day, whilst I’ve been too busy chatting and haven’t yet got beyond the blank canvas!”

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Julie Lightburn at York Open Studios 2015

Our own Julie Lightburn has been working tirelessly to prepare for this year's York Open Studios, where she will be joined in her studio by the very talented portait artist Hannah Ostapjuk.  

This year’s preview exhibition for the York Open Studios is running now at the Blossom Street Gallery, just outside Micklegate Bar l  - and apologies to Julie for not promoting the opening day on this blog.  The gallery is open 9.30 -5.30 Mon to Sat and 10 – 3 on Sundays and among other works you can see Julie's recently completed "Morning Post" which is also featured on the poster below.

You can follow YOS 2015, Blossom Street Gallery and Julie on Twitter   Start by clicking this link and following @JulieLightburn.

With over 90 artists taking part this year, all living or working within a ten-mile radius of the city, you can expect a very diverse display of work in the gallery, providing a great insight into what will be on show around the city later in April. 

Here's a reproduction of an article Julie wrote for our latest YAS Newsletter.

York Open Studios 2015

Friday  17th April 6pm to 9pm  
Saturdays  18th and 25th April 10am – 6pm
Sundays  19th and 26th April 11am – 5pm    Free entry to artists’ studios across York

For those not familiar with York Open Studios: each April selected artists and makers within a ten-mile radius of the city open their studios and homes to the public, giving everyone an opportunity to meet the artists and see original works of art.  A wide range of disciplines are represented; with FREE entry to all venues.  Ninety five artists are taking part this year, including three York Art Society members.

Julie Lightburn will be exhibiting her detailed landscape paintings in her Studio at The Bull Centre, next to Dean’s Garden Centre (just 2 miles further along Stockton Lane from Christ Church, where York Art Society hold their monthly meetings.  Coastliner busses 840, 843 and 845 stop outside the gate).  She will be joined by Hannah Ostapjuk, an extremely talented portrait painter.  As those who visited last year will know, there will also be delicious home made cake to enjoy!   

June Hardy is one of a group of artists exhibiting at Middletons, 57 Skeldergate.  She works in collage using handmade papers enhanced with gouache and acrylic, to explore shapes and patterns in the landscape, and the spaces between them.  She is exhibiting along side David Patrick with his drawings and paintings, a photographer and two jewellery artists.

Jelena Lunge is exhibiting with a four other painters at Bootham School.  She mainly works in ink and pen to create gorgeously detailed portraits with abstract and expressive elements often drawing inspiration from people, emotions and nature.

You can see work by many of the York Open Studio artists at the taster exhibition at the Blossom Street Gallery; giving a great insight into what’s on offer across the city.   The exhibition is now open and runs until 26th April. This delightful little gallery is just outside Micklegate Bar 

York Open Studios

Next weekend sees the start of York Open Studios 2015, which this year spans five days across two weekends 17th, 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th April

A number of York Art Society members are taking part including Julie Lightburn, June Hardy and Jelena Lunge.  Read all about them and others here

Jane Duke, one of our recent demonstrators, is also throwing open the doors to Stoneflower Studios.

The recent Robert Brindley Workshop

Many thanks to Robert Brindley for taking time out of his Easter weekend to run a workshop for York Art Society.

These photographs were taken by Lin Taylor over the course of the day.

This was a long anticipated event, having been originally scheduled pre-Christmas when illness forced a cancellation.  It seems to have been worth waiting for - everyone produced their own masterpiece and a critique was supplied by Robert at the end of the day.

You can see the finished work on Robert's FaceBook page, (click through here).

May Meeting of the York Art Society is the AGM.

A reminder that we interrupt the usual monthly demo programme in May for our Annual General Meeting.

This is an opportunity to find out how the Society runs and express your views on what is working and what needs more attention.  Members will be asked to vote in the Committee for the 2015 /2016 year - so hopefully no one will still be suffering from lingering election fatigue from May 7th !

Please note the date

Saturday 23rd May 2015

This is two weeks later than the usual second Saturday meeting and differs to the published date on the new programme cards.  So if you picked up a card yesterday, please amend the date to 23rd. 

Once again, life imitates Art ........
Photograph inspired by the 2009 Dewire series of hand studies.

April Meeting of the York Art Workers Association

The next York Art Workers Association meeting is on Monday 13th April at 7.30 & the speaker will be Theresa Easton, printmaker & book artist.

Theresa's website is at

n 2007 she became the first artist-in-residence at Newcastle’s Literary and Philosophical Society. Since then she has developed numerous projects, including the Sunderland Book Project, and is a regular contributor to the digital artists’ book platform . She is also the organiser of the Artists’ Book Market at the Baltic.

The venue is Jacobs Well, Trinity Lane, off Micklegate in York.

Non members are very welcome & admission is £5.

For more details about YAWA please see

Thanks go to Judith Pollock for sharing this latest update on YAWA

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Newton on Ouse Spring Exhibition

Essentially, what it says on the poster ...  

A three day exhibition over early spring bank holiday.  Admission free.  Courtesy of Newton on Ouse Art Group.

Be there - or be a pre-Raphaelite !