Sunday, 30 April 2017

Exhibition Cheques

Treasurer Marianne Harlington will be bringing cheques to the May Demonstration, for those members who sold work at the recent exhibition. Please speak to Marianne (or any committee member) to ask for your cheque. 

Loyalty Card Discount for Frames

D Frames, 56 Goodramgate, York have issued 130 Loyalty cards for York Art Society members to use, and will honour us showing our YAS membership cards for the 10% discount, up to the end of May.  June Whittaker will bring the loyalty cards to the demonstration in May for members to collect.  From June, members will have to show the loyalty cards to claim the 10% discount.  

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Inspired by...

Several York Art Society members were so inspired by a recent demonstration by artist Heather Dixon, they decided to dig out some palette knives and a canvas to have a go at painting in this style.

Tim Boss gave members a quick refresher on what to do whilst painting a seascape in this way. All members agreed it was a great way to loosen up their style and always good to try something new.

Lost umbrella

Did you lose an umbrella at the De Grey Rooms? It's a large black umbrella with a wooden handle. Please speak to Tim Boss or a committee member at the next meeting.

Luisa Holden opens studio to public

York Art Society member Luisa Holden opens her doors to the public at her studio in Haxby, during the York Open Studios event. Luisa is poised with wine and nibbles where you can view her stunning paintings with the use of palette knives.

For more information on visiting studios see the website HERE 

Work in Progress: Northumberland Panorama - acrylic on panel 

Mountain Stream - acrylic on panel 

Sunday, 16 April 2017

York Open Studios


Fiona Sheehan will be exhibiting alongside Julie Lightburn, at her Studio on the Bull Centre, next to Dean’s Garden Centre, Stockton-on-the-Forest – venue 67.

Fiona uses the same acrylic medium as Julie uses for her landscape paintings, but in a completely different way.  Her textured semi abstract work is an interesting contrast to Julie’s finely detailed work. Julie also has a number of pastel landscapes this year.

They’ll both be delighted to show you their work and answer any questions.
There’ll also be homemade cake as usual!

York Open Studios
Friday          21st April  from   6pm – 9pm
Saturday     22nd  April from  10am – 6pm
Sunday       23rd April  from  11am – 5pm
Saturday     29th  April from  10am – 6pm

Sunday       30th  April  from 11am – 5pm

Julie Lightburn - Buttercup Field

Fiona Sheehan - Blue Wings 

Julie Lightburn - Hills of Heather 

Fiona Sheehan - Reflections 

Friday, 14 April 2017

YAS Discounts

There is a 10% discount for all members of the York Art Society in the following shops in York. Just show your membership card (2017-18) before purchase;
The Art Shop, 27 The Shambles
Blossom Street Gallery and Framing
D Frames, 56 Goodramgate

Landscape Artist of the Year

Hello there,

I hope you’re well. My name is Talitha and I work for the TV company who produces ‘Landscape Artist of the Year’ for Sky Arts. We are currently looking for artists to take part in the new series, and I am hoping this might be of interest to your artists.

The competition is open to both professional and amateur artists and all mediums are welcome (apart from digital artwork). Here is a link to our website with access to the online application form -

Deadline: Applications for Landscape Artist of the Year will close midday 28th April 2017. 

Best wishes, 


Talitha Smith
Assistant Producer
Landscape Artist of the Year 2017

Storyvault Films Limited
Bridge Studios  | 107a Hammersmith Bridge Road | London |W6 9DA
Tel: 020 8741 3929

204th Exhibition - Easter 2017

The 204th Exhibition at the De Grey Rooms, York is well underway with a great turnout of over 200 paintings.
Thank you to all members who entered and who volunteered to help out during the course of the exhibition.
The Preview Night was a great success, launched by Jonathan Newdick, Sculptor and Lecturer at York College, who identified and selected his choice paintings and gave some positive feedback. Born in Yorkshire, Jonathan has been making sculpture for over 30 years and was elected a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors in 2004. Jonathan works from his studio in York carving sculptures in wood, stone and bronze. Known for designing and sculpting York's famous cat sculptures, Jonathan is also creating semi-abstract and figurative sculptures for public and private commissions to be sited both at home in the UK and more distant locations, in America, Scandinavia and India.
Finally, congratulations to York Art Society member Shirley Davis-Dew whose painting was selected as the overall favourite, by members present.

All unsold work can be collected no earlier than 4pm on Easter Monday. You may also want to visit the York Shambles Art Market on the same day.

Self Help Group - Saturday 22 April

A reminder the next Self-Help workshop will take place this Saturday 22 April 10am - 4pm in Bishopthorpe. £6 each for the hire of the space, which includes free tea, coffee and biscuits!
You may paint anything of your choosing, in preparation for the next exhibition in September. Or, you may have been inspired by the recent artist demonstration by Heather Dixon who used acrylic with palette knives to paint a landscape! Some of the members have set themselves a challenge to have a go with this technique, so, if you have some palette knives which you never used before lying in a box in the cupboard, then dig them out and have a go!