Friday, 27 November 2015

Gillygate Pop-Up Gallery

The Four-Six Art Live exhibition continues at Gillygate until next Thursday, 3rd December. The Gallery is next door to Cafe No.8, Gillygate (just round the corner from the City Art Gallery).

Shop front of the pop-up gallery, Gillygate
(next to Cafe No 8)

This weekend Julie Lightburn will be painting in the gallery from 10am - 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Walking to Holy Trinity, August 2015

Julie in the pop-up Gallery

Forest Fields, August 2015
Pat Thompson with oil painting

Opening times next week are 11am - 3pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Caroline Lewis will be working in the gallery each of those afternoons.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Self Help Group in December

The last Self Help Meeting of this year takes place on Saturday 5th. December.

This is at the usual venue of St. Andrews Church Hall, Bishopthorpe

Cost for the day is £6 to cover hire of the venue.  Tea & coffee will be provided but think about bringing a packed lunch.

Four-Six Art Live

YAS artists Caroline Lewis, Pat Thompson and Julie Lightburn will be exhibiting their work in the Gillygate Pop-Up Gallery from 21st November to 3rd December. The shop will be open from 11am to 3pm – longer at weekends (and during the week if enough people visit!) but closed on Wednesdays.

They’re being joined by Fiona Calder and Dave Atkin. Fiona is a floral artist who creates stunning prints by combining intricate illustrations of flowers and foliage against digital art backdrops. And as a complete contrast, Dave is a green wood craftsman and wood carver, creating mythical green men carvings, bespoke carved boxes and fettled spoons.

Yesterday was their first day in the Gallery and seemed to go well with a steady trickle of visitors on a bright but freezing cold Saturday.

Dave spoon whittling
Dave Atkin was in the Gallery whittling spoons and Caroline Lewis was working on her pastel commission. 

Commission in progress
We all love Fiona Calder’s stunning flower pictures!

Fiona and her stunning flowers

Julie's corner of the Gallery
Pat Thompson will be in Gallery during the coming week.  Pat will be doing an oil painting demo from 1 – 2pm on Mon,Tue, Thur and Friday.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

War Is Over (If You Want It)

97 years ago today, the guns fell silent in France.

But not for long.

Each succeeding generation has had to face their own struggles and sacrifice.

Today even the act of remembrance is frequently marred by political point scoring from career politicians and extremists on each end of the political spectrum.

On this Remembrance Day, let's simply be thankful for peace (such as it is) and freedom (of a sort) and be mindful of the cost that was paid by millions down across the centuries.

(illustrations are taken from Charlie's War by Pat Mills and Joe Colquhoun, published by Titan Books)

Monday, 9 November 2015

The Guild of Railway Artists

As York is historically a railway town, hopefully some of our members found time to pop into the recently concluded exhibition by The Guild of Railway Artists at the National Rail Museum on Leeman Road.

If that caught your eye, you may be interested to check out their own site at for more fine examples of industrial art.

They've also got a thriving FaceBook page at this link The-Guild-of-Railway-Artists

November Demonstration

This month's practical demonstration is a portrait in oils by artist Mike Skidmore.

Although pursuing a varied career, Mike has had a lifelong interest in art. His influences and interest range from the classical masters through the Pre-Rhapaelites to Hopper and Freud. He's now based in the Cotswolds where he takes commissions and offers workshops in traditional oil techniques.

You can read more about Mike and see samples of his work at his own site. mikeskidmoreonline

The demonstration starts at the usual time of 2:00pm at Christ Church Hall on Stockton Lane.   Entry is free for all members.  Guests are welcome for a £5 cover charge.

Sunday, 8 November 2015


Just two weeks from today, Planet South Bank presents Craft-y-Crawl on Sunday 22nd November 11am - 3 pm in the South Bank area of York.  Take a leisurely stroll around houses in the area which will be displaying and selling all sorts of interesting handmade art and craft.

If you wish to participate as a maker, contact Pie 07761 642160 or Leah 07536 030550.  The  deadline to sign up is 12th November (this coming Thursday)

Maps will be available from Sunday 15th November These can be picked up at Sainsbury's on the corner of Bishopthorpe and Scarcroft Road, or directly from Pie or Leah.

You can also follow the event on FaceBook at this link:

York Makers Christmas Fairs

As we enter (another) festive season, there are a number of arts and crafts themed events scheduled for the city and surrounding areas.

Lin Taylor has drawn our attention to two that are coming up toward the end of the month.

Lin will be displaying her own work, including her popular range of birds painted on feathers at the  Dec 5th show at Clements Hall.

Pop over to for more news on both events.

Wrapping Up the 202nd

This year's Autumn exhibition at the DeGrey Rooms came to a close last Sunday.

Once again the week long event seemed to be popular with members and we had a steady stream of visitors, despite the first signs of Winter deterring footfall for a few days.

Although the volume of sales was lower than in previous years, the average value of the art sold rose significantly.  We've noticed a continual trade-off between volume and value over the years - all aesthetics aside, the price of art in York seems truly elastic.

Congratulations to Susan Holliday for winning Selector's Choice with 'Hint of Blue' - which she could have sold several times over.

We'd like to extend our appreciations to Phil Reynolds for his sterling performance as selector.  We're also extremely grateful to Jonathan Cowap of Radio York for opening our Preview Night in fine style. And thank you again to our gracious hosts at the De Grey Rooms.   

The Committee is immensely appreciative of everyone who came along and supported, particularly those members who served as stewards or helped to assemble and disassemble the boards.  And as always a huge thank you to Shannon Morgan for organising the week and making it look easy (when it's actually anything but!)  

One dark cloud over this event was the theft of a painting towards the end of the week. Unfortunately this is an ever present threat at public events and we would regretfully remind all members that their work is exhibited at their own risk.  The committee is looking into ways to improve security but any additional measures would inevitably bring an increased cost to the staging of the event which would have to be borne by the members. Contrary to popular belief, shoplifting is not a victimless crime.

The last week has been spent dealing with the post-exhibition admin.  Any members who sold paintings, prints or cards at the show should have received their payment by now.  If anyone thinks they are still owed something, please contact a member of the committee in the first instance and we will investigate.

A reminder that the York At Society bags that were on sale at the  show will also be available at the upcoming demonstrations at Christ Church Hall. 

A bargain at only £5  (wine not included)
The committee is still considering plans for our 2016 exhibitions.  News will be posted here and on the  website closer to the time.