Sunday, 31 May 2015

Final Day of the 201st Exhibition

Well, that's the end of our spring exhibition at the De Grey Rooms.   After a steady stream of visitors across the week we closed at 3pm this afternoon.  Thanks to everyone who assisted in the clean up, we had all unsold work collected and the boards dis-assembled by the end of the afternoon.
Turner has just left the building ......
Post-exhibition clean-up time.

In total we sold 25 framed pictures from the exhibition, plus a substantial number of cards, prints and unframed originals.

Thanks once again to Shannon Morgan for masterminding the event.  We'd also like to extend our gratitude to to all participating members, everyone else who came along to support and to Caitlin and her crew at the De Grey Rooms.  We hope to be back there for our 202nd show later this year,

That just leaves the cashing up and number crunching.  Any members who made a sale can expect their cheques in the  post by June 13th.

Your treasurer crunching the numbers
We'll always have two Ape Knees to rub together

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Collecting Work After The Exhibition

Hopefully most members have had a chance to get along to the De Grey Rooms to see this spring's exhibition, one of the strongest and most varied selections we've had for a long time. If you've not been down there yet, there's still time as the Exhibition continues until this Sunday 31st May.

As outlined on the entry forms, any unsold work can be collected between 4:00pm and 5:00pm on Sunday.  We want to leave the art on display for as long as possible.  Last public entry on Sunday is at 3:00pm so we ask that no member attempts to remove their pictures before 4:00pm at the earliest.

We also encourage all members to follow the proper check out procedures as it enables the committee to resolve any disputes over mislaid work.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Opening Night

Here's a selection of photographs from Julie Lightburn of last night's preview evening.

Guests arriving for the preview


Show me the Money!
Busy night of sales at the stewards' desk. 
Our Selector - Kim from Blossom Street Gallery

Opening remarks from our chairman, Peter Cooke
Music throughout the evening was provided by Jean Hotton

The 201st Exhibition continues all this week.  Admission free.

Monday, 25 May 2015

201st Exhibition Now Open.

Our spring show is now well underway, kicked off tonight by a lively preview night at the De Grey Rooms in York.  The evening was opened by our Chairman Peter Cooke.  Our guests enjoyed a fine evening of art with light refreshments and a musical backdrop provided by Thirsk-based pianist Jean Hotton.

The work was of an extremely high standard from both regular established names and newcomers.  Featured artists include Luisa Holden, Sam Mortimer, Raske Jaske, Lin Taylor, Caroline Lewis, Jelena Lunge and Phil Hart.

Luisa once again was awarded the Selector's choice and Sam won the Public Vote for favourite picture. Thanks to Kim from Blossom Street Gallery  for ably filling the role of this year's selector.

Apart from the original framed works in the main exhibition there is also a selection of cards, prints and unframed originals available to purchase.

The show continues until Sunday 31st May and is open to the public, free of charge, daily from 10:00am.  Drop in if you're in town this week.

George Smith's Garden 2015

Lynda Baker has reminded us that the annual painting session in George Smith's garden will take place once again on Saturday 8th August.

The day begins at 9.30am and continues until around 4.00pm.  Please bring a chair and art materials. Aso, a packed lunch unless you plan to eat in the pub next door. Morning coffee and afternoon tea and cakes are included in the registration price of £3.50

Parking is at the rear of The Deramore Arms Pub next to George’s Manor House entrance. Tickets to put on the car are available from 9.30am to 10.00 am. After that they will be left in the entrance to the gardens.

The Manor House
Heslington Gardens

Ring or email   01904 849443 for further details. 

Friday, 22 May 2015

Annual General Meeting 2015

As usual there is no demonstration in May.  In it's place the 2015 Annual General Meeting takes place tomorrow from 2pm at the usual venue,  Christ Church Hall, Stockton Lane, York.

This is your chance to shape the direction of York Art Society so come along and meet the committee.

YAS Committee 2015
Waiting for your input .........

Also a reminder that Monday is handing in day for the 201st Exhibition.   While you're dropping your paintings off at the De Grey Rooms, take a look at the Stewarding rota and if you've not already volunteered, put your name down for a vacant slot.  The success of the exhibition depends on the participation of the membership.

Finally, June Hardy tells us that Steve Garnet the framer is back in business from his home in Copmanthorpe.  He can be contacted on  01904 700 634 / 07950 443 096

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Exhibition Entries - Closing Date Looms

A reminder that all entry forms must be returned by the deadline of Wednesday May 20th.

The work itself must be handed in on Monday 25th May at the De Grey Rooms between 9:00am and 11:00am.

The Face of York

The Face of York is a huge community arts project that aims to compile a visual census of the city. You may have already seen posters or fliers for it in your local public libraries.  The entries will be displayed at York Explore on 3rd July and then moved to City Screen.

You can find more details at the official council site, or click on any of our images to make them reading size.

Newton on Ouse Art Group ‘Lay Flat’ Throughout May.

Our colleagues over at Newton on Ouse are participating in this year's SAA Lay Flat art challenge.

The object is to fill a lay flat sketch book with 20 paintings and return to the SAA by 12 June (no pressure there then).

Newton's entry kicked off at their recent exhibition and five pictures have been completed to date.

Richard Bell lays it down flat for the SAA challenge
You can see those and read more about the challenge over on their own blog.

15 more paintings to finish in 33 days.  Will they make it ?  Press your red buttons now !

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Easingwold Art Fair

Just in time for the late May Bank Holiday, Easingwold Art Fair runs from Saturday 23rd to Monday 25th May.

Among the events over the weekend our own Luisa Holden will be presenting a couple of sessions. Her workshop slot is Sunday 24 May 1.30-3.30pm.  Luisa will also be doing a ½ hr quick demo on the Saturday 23 May at 2pm, when she will be painting an acrylic from a photo and giving tips and hints and information on how to use acrylic mediums.

You can read more about the Fair on the official site and also see details of the featured artists.

Society of Women Artists 2015

We're very pleased to tell you that Luisa Holden has had a couple of paintings selected for this year's Society of Women Artists Summer Show at the Mall Galleries in London.

Here are the two paintings that will be on exhibition

Sweet Peas
Luisa Holden
Yellow Floweers in a Window
Luisa Holden
This year's show runs from 5 – 13 June 2015 and you can read more about it at this link

Congratulations to Luisa and hopefully some of you may get along to the Mall in June to see these works up close.

Luisa has also had another acrylic painting ‘Strensall Common’ Highly Commended for the Patchings Festival 2015

Strensall Common
Luisa Holden

YAWA May Meeting

The next York Art Workers Association meeting is on Monday 11th May at 7.30 at Jacobs Well, Trinity Lane, off Micklegate in York.

There has been a change to the published programme and the Yorkshire Artist Timothy Morrison will now be the speaker for this May meeting.

He was a participant in the recent York Open Studios. Biographical information and samples of his work can still be found on this year's YOS page at

Non members are very welcome & admission is £5. For more details about YAWA please see

Thanks to Judith Pollock for keeping us informed of YAWA activities.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

York Open Studios 2015 Second weekend

Some photographs from  Hannah and Julie's second weekend of this year's York Open Studios. 

This was another successful event with a steady stream of visitors including a number of York Art Society members.  

Destiny making the prize draw
The prize draw and donations for cakes raised a total of £71.37 - for Dean’s Garden Centre charities - Candlelighters and Martin House Children’s Hospice. 

It was also an opportunity to hand out posters and fliers for our own upcoming exhibition.   If you haven't got yours yet, they can be downloaded here

Thanks to Hannah for the photographs.