Saturday, 24 December 2016

Merry Christmas from York Art Society

York Art Society would like to wish all members & friends a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous 2017.

Thanks to Julie Lightburn for the image above.

Posters for the 2017 Exhibition

An urgent  reminder from Julie Lightburn that she's currently finalising the poster and fliers for the 2017 Exhibition.

If you have images you wish to submit to help publicise the next event, she requires your submissions by the end of the year.

Julie is using her own time over the Christmas holidays to pull the work together, but at the time of writing this, only two members had sent in any pictures.

Friday, 16 December 2016

York Art Self Help art workshop - reminder

Just a reminder to come along to the Self Help workshop tomorrow - Saturday 17 December - the last one of this year! 

Just £6 for the studio and facility hire, including refreshments.  
Christmas jumpers welcome! (But don't get any paint on them!). 


Sunday, 11 December 2016

Philip Boville - Fire and Light in acrylic

Industrial artist Philip Boville gave a demonstration on how to paint the inside of the Mallard train at the latest York Art Society meeting. Taking inspiration from a photograph, he was able to capture the ‘fire and light’ from the steam train and all the industrial aspects of the train therein. 

Philip traditionally used to paint all the fine details in a photorealistic style with acrylic and oil, however, as his work has grown over the years, he has understood the importance of a more impressionistic style of painting to give more of a dramatic effect. 

Members certainly appreciated the time that Philip gave to impart his knowledge and share his remarkable skill. 

Monday, 28 November 2016

Stockton on the Forest Christmas Fair

As November ends, the festive season starts to accelerate. This coming weekend, Saturday 3rd December, sees the annual village Christmas Fair take place in Stockton on the Forest.

Julie Lightburn
Julie Lightburn will be there with a selection of small paintings, prints, greetings cards and Christmas gifts.

The venue is Stockton Hall Hospital, Stockton-on-the-Forest, York, YO32 9UN.

The event runs between 10:00AM and noon.

Julie Lightburn

December Demonstration

The December meeting of York Art Society takes place on Saturday 10th December at Christ Church Hall, Stockton Lane, York.

The final guest artist of 2016 is Philip Boville, who will be demonstrating on the theme of Fire and Light in Acyrlic

Philip J. Boville is self taught and works primarily in acrylic, though his skills also extend to oils, charcoal and watercolour.  His best known pieces draw heavily on his experience in heavy industry.

You can see other examples of Philip's work at his own site or one of his current exhibitions

Entry to the demonstration is free for members and £5 for guests. The demonstration starts at 2:00pm and runs for approximately two to two and a half hours with a midway break for refreshments.

We greatly appreciate the assistance of those members who arrive early to setup or stay back after the demo to clean up.  The Society depends entirely on volunteers and it is only through their efforts that we can continue.  If you wish to help at the demos or any other events, please speak to a member of the committee.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Charles Evans - Landscape in watercolour

There was a bumper turnout at the latest York Art Society demonstration, featuring published artist Charles Evans who created not one but two watercolours in the afternoon. As if this wasn't enough, Charles also shared his tips and techniques for painting sheep, birds and people using basic shapes and letters. Who would have thought that a flying goose can be created by the shape of a loaf of bread! Or a seagull consisting of a "tick with a stick"! Thank you to Charles for sharing his passion with us in a fun and engaging manner.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

November Demonstration

The next meeting of York Art Society takes place on Saturday 12th November at the usual venue of Christ Church Hall, Stockton Lane, York.

The demonstrating artist this time is Charles Evans.

Born in the West Riding, Charles is an accomplished water colourist who has exhibited widely since his first one man show in 1983 and frequently appears on Tyne Tees and Discovery Real Time.  He is also a regular contributor to various art magazines.

You can read more about Charles and see examples of his work over on his own site

Entry to this Saturday's YAS demonstration is free for members and £5 for guests. The demonstration starts at 2:00pm and runs for approximately two to two and a half hours with a midway break for refreshments.

As always, it would be appreciated if some members could arrive early to help with setting up the room and equipment.  The Society depends entirely on the time and efforts of volunteers and we always need fresh offers of help if we are to continue to service the members.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Self-Help Workshop - St Andrew's Church Hall, Bishopthorpe

There was a bumper turn-out at yesterday's self-help workshop with 22 members working on their artwork for commissions and next year's exhibition. A real buzz was encountered, where lots of supportive feedback was given throughout the day...

as well as a good supply of tea and biscuits!

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

De Grey Rooms Exhibition dates announced for 2017

Dates for the exhibition announced as Monday 10 April - Monday 17 April 2017 at the De Grey Rooms, York. Full details will be in the Spring Newsletter.

Landscape artist Richard Holland

Landscape artist Richard Holland inspired us all with his oil painting on Saturday at the York Art Society demonstration. Amazing what you can produce with an old barn and a bath!
To see more of his work or book a workshop go to his website:

Monday, 3 October 2016

Boston Spa Art and Crafts Festival 2016


Visit the official site for more details on exhibitors and artist in residence.  

The Village Hall

Boston Spa

LS23 6AA

Julie Lightburn Exhibition now on at York Hospital

While we generally wish health and good fortune to all our members and friends, if anyone does happen to find themselves in York Hospital between now and November 13th we hope they use the opportunity to check out Julie Lightburn's first solo exhibition.

The display is along the main corridor, near to “Junction Five”, next to the York Open Studio exhibition.  It opened in mid September and has already attracted favourable comments from visitors, staff and patients - even from one who was being wheeled past on a trolley.

The exhibition includes two of Julie's latest Yorkshire Landscapes - Walking with Giants and Walking the Moors.

Walking The Moors
(c) Julie Lightburn
Walking With Giants
(c) Julie Lightburn
There's a new section on Julie's own web site with information about all the paintings on display.

Simply use the link above - or find Julie on the SAA site and click on "View All Artwork" where you will find a tab labelled "York Hospital Exhibition".

Please note that, if you picked up one of Julie's “Save the Date” cards over the summer, the dates have changed since those were printed, with the exhibition now ending on 13th November; (slightly earlier than previously advertised).

More details about this and the other current displays at the hospital can be found on the official NHS link below.

October Demonstration

The October meeting of York Art Society takes place this coming Saturday 8th October at the usual venue of Christ Church Hall, Stockton Lane, York.

This month the demonstration is a landscape in oil by Richard Holland.

Richard has had a life long interest in art . He has been a keen Water Colour painter since his early twenties and in recent years has become an accomplished Oils artist. His subject matter ranges from abstract to landscapes and still life to portraits.  He currently teaches in North Nottinghamshire and Eastern Derbyshire.

Richard's own site can be found at where you can see samples of his work and learn about the courses and workshops that he offers.

He also offers a number of short instructional videos on YouTube.
Old Bus at Little Hucklow(c) Richard Holland
Entry to this Saturday's YAS demonstration is free for members and £5 for guests. The programme runs for approximately two to two and a half hours with a midway break for refreshments.

The day officially begins at 2:00pm but we're always pleased if some members turn up earlier to help with setting up the chairs and equipment.  The Society runs entirely on the time and efforts of volunteers, so all help is appreciated.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Easingwold and District Art Society October Exhibition

The Easingwold and District Art Society exhibition takes place in a little under four weeks.

There will be a few YAS members exhibiting and an opportunity to purchase paintings, cards, prints and unframed originals.

The event also hosts a few demos and workshops and offers art materials for sale.  With refreshments and light lunches available, this is always a nice day out and well worth a visit.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

East Yorkshire Open Studios

YAS member Rhona Rowley will be taking part in The East Yorkshire Open Studios, along with eight other artists, for two weekends this October

Rhona works in pastels, watercolour and acrylics, taking inspiration from nature and the changing seasons of the countryside.

The venue is

Calf House Studios,
Cold Harbour Farm,
Bishop Burton,

Open: 8th/9th & 15th/16 October from 10am to 5pm

You can use the link above to see more about the event and the other participating artists.

See this link to find out about the other EYOS events

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Summer 2016 Newsletter

The latest York Art Society newsletter was published and distributed at our most recent meeting on September 10th.

This edition features articles on our 203rd Exhibition, the August painting day in George Smith's garden and an important message from chairman Peter Cooke about the future of the society

If you require a digital copy, you can download it as a PDF from our web site at this link.

Alternatively, you can also use the link to read it online.

Noel Edwin Smith

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Noel Edwin Smith on on 8th September 2016, aged 81.

Noel was a keen and accomplished painter and also a talented writer and poet.  He was a member of the York Art Society for many years until poor health meant he was unable to keep up his membership.

Noel was York born and bred and exhibited his paintings locally as well as in Helmsley and Hutton-le-Hole.  One of his drawings of Grimsby fishermen was accepted into the Grimsby Maritime Museum.

Noel was a great character, with a dry sense of humour.  HIs spiritualist service was well attended at Bishopthorpe Crematorium on 19th September. He will be sadly missed.

Thanks to Luisa Holden for providing the image below from her own collection. 

Passions & Pastimes - Village Cricket
Noel Edwin Smith
Acrylic on Board 2008

Saturday, 3 September 2016

September Demonstration

Our Autumn / Winter programme resumes next Saturday, 10th September, with a demonstration by versatile portrait and landscape artist Robert Hughes.

The subject this time is 'Landscape in Axcrylic'

Robert's own web site appears to be unavailable at present but you can read a little more about him over at the SAA

This will be at the usual venue, Christ Church Hall on Stockton Lane. The afternoon runs from 2:00pm to around 4:30pm.  See the Demonstrations page for general details and forthcoming events.

YAWA September

The next meeting of York Art Workers Association takes place Monday 5th September, 7:30pm at  Jacob's Well, Trinity Lane, Micklegate,

This month the talk is by Kaeli Wishart of York Theatre Royal, exploring the rich heritage of the building and explaining how the current refurbishment will better serve the people of York.

Admission is members £2, non members £5.

Visit their own site to find out more

Bad news for the Little Shambles Art Market

This summer brought the welcome return of several outdoor art events in York. Unfortunately we've just heard that one of them, Little Shambles BIG ART, is coming to a premature end.

The events already scheduled for September to November will not happen.

The statement from the Little Shambles, BIG ART team is reproduced below.

It is with deep regret that we are announcing the end of our art market. There will be no further Little Shambles BIG ART events.  This decision has been taken out of our hands by Make it York. All the market stalls that formed our Gallery, will now be demolished to make way for a larger street food seating area in the market.

We only received notification of this development towards the end of August, and have been trying to work out a way we may be able to continue, but unfortunately, whilst a few alternative stalls have been  offered, these were so limited in number, (less than half) and not even situated together.  We felt this would diminish the art markets impact and our artists would not get a cohesive event to properly showcase your arts and crafts to the level they deserve.

We, as a team, are devastated at this outcome, both from the time, and professional commitment involved, to the substantial personal financial loss.  We have however, through this venture, met so many great local artists and makers.  It’s has been a joy to work with you all and we wish you every success and hope we may see you again sometime.

We will refund all artists who have pre-booked and paid for stalls with us for the scheduled events from September – November.  

If you have any other queries please feel free to email us and we will answer as best we can. 

Hopefully, we will get all the accounts done, and refunds sent in the next week or so.

Hatti and Sue

Any questions or concerns, please contact Hatti or Sue on or visit their web site at

Sunday, 21 August 2016

August Self Help Group

YAS members held another very successful Self Help meeting in Bishopsthorpe last Saturday, 20th August.

Sixteen members attended this session and enjoyed painting in a relaxed and mutually supportive atmosphere.

The Self Help programme is very popular with the membership.  The regulars are already looking forward to the next meeting on Saturday 15th October and places are filling up fast.

Thanks to Lin for organising the events and for the photos used here.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

203rd Exhibition Ends

Our recent 203rd Exhibition at the DeGrey Rooms, York came to a successful conclusion at the end of July.  We welcomed nearly 500 visitors across the week and sold 15 original framed works, alongside a number of prints, unframed originals and cards.

Congratulations to June Whittaker for selling all three of her entries.

The raffle winners were Christine Richardson, John Lazenby and Jan Tennant.

drawing the raffle ...  (Angela)
.. you've got to be in it ...  (Pauline)
... to win it ...  (Ron)
Thanks to the management and staff of the DeGrey Rooms who have now hosted six consecutive exhibitions for us.

The committee would also like to express their gratitude to all members who helped out with setting up, stewarding and dismantling.

We're especially indebted to long time member Ron Walker who organised the entire Exhibition at very short notice and without whom we wouldn't have had a show this year.

We're currently considering arrangements for future shows so keep watching the blog and FaceBook for the latest news.

George Smith's Garden 2016

Last weekend several York Art Society members enjoyed their annual day painting in George Smith's beautiful gardens. Here's some photographs courtesy of Lin Taylor.

'ere we go, 'ere we go, 'ere we go

Thanks as always to George for throwing open the gates and his hospitality on the day and to Lynda Baker for organising the event and baking the delicious cakes.

Pleased to report that the weather favoured us with sunshine this year.  As a change, the day ended with a tour of Sally Hawkswell's farmyard and a viewing of the collection of YAS artwork that she has compiled from many years of our exhibitions.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

YAS 203rd Exhibition - Happening Now

As I type this, we're in the middle of our summer exhibition at the DeGrey Rooms in York. The event kicked off with a preview evening on Monday night and opened to the public at 10:00am on Tuesday morning.

Here's a selection of photographs taken by Julie Lightburn on Monday evening.

The night began with Society President, Richard Bell, making the opening speech and thanking Ron Walker for his efforts in making the 203rd show happen.  Most members probably recall that Ron organised many of our past exhibitions over a period several years and, although he's since changed roles in the Society, he stepped up at extremely short notice to organise the current event.

El Presidente thanking Ron

'ey up - bar's open!

The exhibition runs all week until Sunday and entry is free to the public.  Doors are open from 10:00am to 5:00pm each day, except Sunday when we will be closing at 3:00pm to allow time for dismantling.

If you're planning on going along, don't forget to enter the raffle to win one of three selections of greeting cards from the exhibiting artists. Raffle tickets are a bargain at just £1 each - or mention that you read about it on the blog and get a ticket for just 100 shiny English pennies.

if you want a better view of the art .......

... go along to the DeGrey Rooms this week