Chairman's Art News, 12 January 2017
1. Change to the programme of demonstrators, Bob Harris will be doing a city scape on 13/2/17 and Andrew Geeson will be doing wet into wet on 8/5/17.
2.This year's raffle picture is to be a selection of 'doors'. I have included here an image of doors to get your imaginations working. Maureen has the squares of paper, so collect one from her asap as Peter Chadwick would like the finished pictures to him by the beginning of March so he can mount and frame the picture. This little project usually raises a reasonable sum of money, which we donate to our chosen charity, the Air Ambulance this year, so please join in and get painting.
3. I thought it might be a good idea to have some bunting hung up in the entrance of the village Hall at Ticknall for the exhibition - what about paintings of Easter Eggs, about 8"x 6", let me know what you think. I am a real fan of bunting and I think it would really cheer up the entrance to the hall. The club could supply you with cartridge paper if you would paint an Easter Egg.
John Blundell Demonstration, 9th January 2017
Monday the 9th Jan, 2017 was Ashby Art Clubs first night back after the Christmas break and I am pleased to report that we had a very good turn out, for a demonstration on how to paint waves, by John Blundell.
John told us that he has a real affinity with the sea, he was born near the sea and likes nothing better than watching the sea and particularly waves, he likes to see how they develop, the angles they come in at and where and when they break. John's interest in waves and seascapes is well documented in his art work, he paints in oils, and more recently in water mixable oils and he has developed a method of painting a rising wave which highlights the light shining through the water in a very realistic way which was fascinating to watch.
It may be a while before us folks in Derby, so far from the coast, get to see the sea so tonight's view of waves was a real treat specially for January.
Ashby art club has enjoyed a couple of pre Christmas fun sessions. On Monday 12th December we had our annual Quiz night which was very well attended, our usual quiz master and scorer ( Jane and Alan BetterIdge) were away this year, however Jean and Yve stood in for them using Alan's kindly pre prepared questions and I think we did a good job. The final scores were very close, only half a point in it, we have some knowledgable members and even the team with the least points did very well and their scribe won the booby prize. Well done everyone, keep swatting for next year as Alan tells me, he and Jane have already started thinking of more fiendish questions.
The food brought on the night was amazing, thanks everyone and I think we all came up with better answers after lovely festive nibbles and warm mulled wine, kindly prepared for us by Barbara and Caroline.
This event was followed on Wednesday morning (14th December) by a card painting session, where all present painted a Christmas card to give to one another. There were some lovely cards painted, I received a card from Kevin with a picture of a very life like turkey on it....however when I took it home David thought it should have come ready plucked!
These events made a lovely end to our year of painting in a fun and friendly atmosphere, and now to tell you what we have to look forward to in the New Year.
On the 9th January we have a demonstration night presented by John Blundell who is painting sea scenes in oils for us. Here is a sample of his work, it should be a good night, so I look forward to seeing lots of you on this evening.
Our 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'.
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.
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 increased
to the 2nd and 4th Wednesday morning of each month.
£3.00 Charge for non-members
Next Wed. Art - 25 January 2017, and then
8 February 2017
22 February 2017
8 March 2017
22 March 2017
5 April 2017
26 April 2017
10 May 2017
24 May 2017
14 June 2017
28 June 2017
12 July 2017
26 July 2017
9 August 2017
23 August 2017
Why not come along and join us, bring your friends - non-members are welcome (£3.00 charge)