Mary Smith Workshop
Some of the results of the Ashby Art Club members work at Mary's worshop.
Mary Smith Demo
On Monday 15th Oct Ashby Art Club members were treated to a demonstration of mixed media work by Mary Smith. Mary gave us examples, instructions and information on many aspects of mixed media painting, she explained how this method of art can be incorporated into all mediums of painting.
Mary had prepared samples of her work at different stages so we could see how the picture developed with each medium that was added. She gave us a running commentary on the equipment and materials she was using, their qualities and possibilities, their makers, where they could be purchased and what effect they had on the painting.
Whilst working on her paintings Mary shared with us some very interesting events and muses. In the summer Mary had been invited to paint in Windsor Castle gardens, she had been one of ninety artists invited to paint a garden scene in celebration of the Queen's 90th birthday. Mary had chosen to paint a scene from the moat garden which incorporated glimpses of the castle and a host of blooming roses, she brought along the finished picture shown here, and a sketch of the scene and showed us a little of how she had developed the picture.
Mary talked us through a picture she had created using her artistic skills and her musings, the scene was from a derelict Folly in the gardens of Elvaston Castle in Derby. The final painting, shown here, shows a woman in the style of 'Vemeer' behind a window and around her are images to depict a story of romance mystery and history.
Throughout the session Mary gave practical tuition on the use of mixed media & its possibilities to enhance paintings whilst entertaining us with the stories and results of her visits to the two castles. Some members are now eagerly awaiting Mary's workshop on Saturday.
On Monday the 3rd Oct Ashby Art Club held their AGM, the event was well attended by the members who listened to the reports from the chairwoman, the members secretary, the treasurer and the demonstration organisers. All the reports were positive and gave a picture of a positive, entertaining and interesting year in the life of the club.
The chairwoman Barbara Royds, the members secretary Paul Prichard and Marie South members representative all finished their term of office this year and they were all thanked for the time and effort they had put into the club whilst on the committee. They all continue to be members of the club so their experience and expertise will still be available.
Jean Park was elected as the new chairwoman, Maureen Weeks will be demonstration organiser, Kay Smith the members secretary and Yve Hill continues as treasurer, however this will be her last year in this role, so the club is looking for a volunteer to take over from Yve in October 2017. Helen Eames and Phil Hatter were elected as the new members representatives and were welcomed onto the committee.
After a short break for tea and biscuits the meeting continued with a question and answer session where some good ideas and suggestions were put forward and discussed. The club prides its self on being dynamic and forward thinking so these new ideas will help to ensure the club keeps looking forward.
The meeting ended at 8. 30pm after thanks were proposed for past committee members, the new ones and also for all the club members who it was recognised put a lot of hard work and effort into keeping us a top notch art club in the Ashby area
Our new Twitter account
At the AGM it was decided to improve our publicity especially for the Easter Exhibition. Part of that was to engage more with social media. With that in mind we now have a Twitter account that can be found on @AshbyArtClub.
Twitter is a service for people to stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent messages. People post Tweets, which may contain photos, videos, links and up to 140 characters of text.
If you are a Twitter member please look at the account and we would welcome you to 'follow'.
First demonstration of the 2016/17 season : Bob Wareing
The first demonstration got off to a flying start for the new season with Bob Wareing doing a pastel portrait of one of our members Scarlet Thomas. Scarlet sat for Bob whilst he transformed a blank piece of paper into an amazing pastel portrait of her, starting with just a rough sketch of her face and hair and then, layer by layer, added pastel tones to create the structure and shape of her face. He then put in the finer detail which transformed the sketch into an amazing likeness. Scarlet was delighted with the result and Bob kindly gave her the finished portrait which she can now frame and put on display herself. Thank you Bob for a most informative and enjoyable evening.
In mid September some of the club members and tutors provided a new art exhibition at the Castle Medical centre, Ascebi House, Burton Road, Ashby replacing the successful Ashby Camera Club photographic exhibition, which has been running over the summer. The Art Club also displays paintings at the North Street surgery in Ashby, click on the Dr Sheperds Exhibition tab for more information.
New Annual Subscription rate
The Annual Subscription for the 2016/2017 season is £40. This will give free access to Monday evening and Wednesday morning painting sessions and all demonstrations.
You can download a membership form by clicking on the attachment below
The full details of the Art Club programme can be found by clicking on the programme tab at the top of the page. Non members can attend workshops ( £5 extra to the fee) and come along to the demonstrations too ( £5 per demonstration).
Welcome to Ashby Art Club
And welcome to our website!
Anyone can come along and join Ashby Art Club on any Monday evening and /or on the second and fourth Wednesday morning each month.
If you would like to paint alongside like minded people, of all different abilities, then Smisby Village Hall is the place for you. You will find a warm and friendly atmosphere - so why not give it a try.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES:
Ashby Art Club
Wednesday morning painting 9.30 am to 12.00 noon
From September 2016 the morning art club will increase
to 2nd and 4th Wednesday morning of each month.
£3.00 Charge for non-members
Next Wed. Art - 26 October 2016, and then
9 November 2016