Wednesday, 9 March 2016

New website from Frances Aggarwal

YAS member Frances Aggarwal has just launched a new web site.  You can access this by following the link below (or from the Artist Links panel on the right hand side of each blog post).

Frances will also be taking part in this year's open studios at 20 Hambleton Terrace off Haxby Road (near the Nestlé factory).

York Open Studios 2016

York Open Studios is the largest arts festival in York, with over ninety artists taking part this year.

From its first weekend in 2001 when just nineteen artists took part, York Open Studios has grown steadily, reflecting the quality and vigour of contemporary visual arts in the city. The selection process takes place in September, with a different panel of judges each year. Those selected represent some of the best artists and makers living or working within a ten-mile radius of the city, and provide an opportunity for the public to visit artists' studios and exhibitions. It offers everyone a chance to talk to and experience the world of the selected artists and makers, discover their passions and inspiration, share their knowledge and support their engagement with the local community. The support and encouragement of visitors old and new for both the well-established and the emerging artist is treasured and crucial to the continuing development of York's cultural environment.

Daisys by the Lake III
Julie Lightburn
Seven York art Society members have been selected to take part this year.

Shannon Morgan and Glynis Learmouth are newcomers to the event, and will both be exhibiting alongside June Hardy who took part last year. They will showing their work in a group exhibition at the beautiful Tithe Barn, Nether Poppleton.

Jelena Lunge is showing her work for the second year; this time at Bootham School in the centre of York.

Frances Aggarwal and Bernadette Oliver are also both taking part for the first time and will be opening their home studios in Hambleton Terrace, off Haxby Road and Huntsman Lane, Stamford Bridge.

Julie Lightburn will be at her studio at the Bull Centre, next to Dean’s Garden Centre, Stockton-on-the-Forest, again this year.

You’ll no doubt be familiar with their work from our exhibitions at the De Grey Rooms, but here is an opportunity to visit them in their own studios, or exhibitions, and find out more about their work. They will all be happy to talk about their art, sharing ideas and advice, and might even share a few tips if asked. Julie will be doing “demos” at 11am both Saturdays and 4pm on both Sundays. If you’ve visited Julie’s studio before you’ll know there are always refreshments and homemade cakes to enjoy while you browse; another good reason to visit her studio!

Julie Lightburn (trying to remember if she's left the oven on)
A full list of artists, along with a map of all the venues and directions to the studios can be found on the YOS website or pick up a directory at the next YAS meeting at Christ Church.

Opening times are Saturdays 16th and 23rd April 10am – 6pm, Sundays 17th and 24th April 11am – 5pm and Friday 15th April 6pm to 9pm.

There’s also a taster exhibition from 22nd March to 25th April, at Blossom Street Gallery (just outside Micklegate Bar), where you can see a selection of work by many of the artists taking part in the main event.

Forest Fields
Julie Lightburn

March Demonstration

The March meeting and demonstration will take place at Christ Church Hall, Stockton Lane, York on Saturday 12th March.

This month our guest artist is wildlife artist Norman Rossiter. 

You can see examples of Norman's work at his own site and on  Art Profile

The demonstration runs from 2:00pm to 4:30pm as usual, with a short intermission for refreshments, Free entry for members, £5 cover charge for guests.

There will also be an opportunity to renew your membership for the coming year. Subscriptions are due by 1st April 2016 and the fees have once again been held at £37.00

May Exhibition at City Screen York

We have received notice of the following upcoming event at City Screen.

This is not a YAS event so please contact the organizers directly if you require additional detail.  It it is a very worthy cause and we wish them a successful exhibition.

Anyone wishing to learn more should contact