Coming up

Coming Up:


Saturday, 30 March 2013

Spring Exhibition 2013

29th March - 7th April 2013
at The Harley Centre, Castle Square, Ludlow
10.00am to 5.00pm daily.

The first of our Exhibitions this year, the Spring Exhibition was opened by Neil Church, programme area manager for arts and humanities at Ludlow College. As usual, there was a broad range of traditional media present, a craft table, some sculptures, a board of work by the SmArt kids, and a few digital pieces were on display.

Here are some photos from the opening evening:

Neil opening the Exhibition

Blue Head, Fired Clay, Gabielle Spencely

Boats in the Estuary, pastel, Aerona Egerton

Bonos House, watercolour, Martin Dutton

Jetties and Boats, oil, Keith Noble

Llandwyn Island, Anglesey, acrylic, Robert Kirk

Merlin, Portrait of a Pony, pastel, Kate Maxwell

Osprey with Fish, mild steel sculpture, Tim Harral

Purple Poppy, acrylic and melted wax, Diane Jennings

SmArt Board (the end exhibit would not stick in place! We tried, we really did...)

Summers End, oil, Thelma Ayre

St Leonards, oil and acrylic, David Tedham

The Craft Table

The Fishing Party, Dartmouth, watercolour, Keith Noble

The Scent of Spring, watercolour, Valerie Alexander

If you could get there then we hope you enjoyed our show, and that we'll see you again in August for our Summer Exhibition!

Spotlight -

For the end of March, Spotlight takes another look at pigments, starting with historical, obsolete ones. has a wealth of information, and at the bottom of this particular page you can find links to other paints, grouped by colours.

Here's the link:

I don't want to catch you using Alizarin Crimson! ;)

If you know any great art websites or articles, why not share them here? Send your suggestions to - please note that this isn't for self-promotion!

Friday, 29 March 2013

Qube Gallery - Local Area / Fond Memory

From Qube, via Ruth Tune:

Dear All

Following the huge success of last years Peg Dolls exhibition, Qube Gallery in Oswestry will be holding another exhibition where we want everyone to get involved.

This year we are asking people to design a postcard of their own local area or a fond memory. An exhibition of everyones creations will fill the gallery from 4th July to 5th August 2013.

Your creations could be anything; from a photograph, collage, drawing or even a handwritten story or poem.

Standard postcard sizes are 6x4 1/4 or 5x7 inches. Alternatively, you can download a template from our website or pop in to see us at Qube. We welcome more than one design per person and twelve of our favorite designs will form be part of Qube's 2014 calendar. Send us you creations by the end of June to be part of something big in Oswestry.

We are keen to work with local groups, schools and individuals. If you would like us to hold a postcard workshop for your organisation get in touch with us soon and have your creations on display in the gallery. Please feel free to forward this to anyone you feel may be interested

Many thanks
Charlotte Jackson  
Arts Co-ordinator

Qube, Oswald Road
Oswestry, SY11 1RB
Tel: 01691 656882

Sky Arts

From Sky Arts, via Ruth Tune:

Calling all artists!

We would love you to take part and would be grateful if you would forward this to all budding competitors – either by mailing list, social media or word of mouth.

The competition is now open and closes on 2nd May 2013!

Enter now at 

Glyndŵr University Lecture - Ridiculous Things: The Comic Art of John Orlando Parry

This came through via email (thanks to Ruth Tune):

Glyndŵr University is pleased to let you know about an upcoming free public lecture that you may be interested in:

Ridiculous Things:
The Comic Art of John Orlando Parry,
a neglected Anglo-Welsh Victorian polymath

Professor Brian Maidment,Professor of the History of Print
Liverpool John Moores University

11 April 2013, 7pm
Glyndŵr University, Mold Road, Wrexham LL11 2AW

John Orlando Parry (1810–79) was a musician, artist, entertainer, comedian, singer and song writer, and a popular figure in Victorian society, collaborating with the likes of Charles Dickens and Franz Liszt. Despite this he remains an elusive figure, partly because his work spanned so many different fields.

An inheritor of the Welsh musical and poetic traditions through his father, the Welsh musician John Parry (Bardd Alaw), he became a metropolitan and cosmopolitan figure as a song writer and performer, more at home on the London stage or the European concert platform than in rural Wales.

Despite being a largely occasional and self-taught artist, he produced one of the most famous nineteenth century images of London streets which showed, among much else, a wall covered with advertisements for plays and concerts. He also produced two sequences of caricatures in idiosyncratic formats - one, largely structured by visual and verbal puns offering humorous commentary on his musical interests, and the other, even more eccentric, a compilation of miscellaneous comic images published under the title of Ridiculous Things.

In this illustrated lecture, Professor Brian Maidment seeks to position Parry both within and against the British tradition of comic art in the 1840s and 1850s. If unlikely to become a major figure, Parry is nonetheless well worthy of serious consideration as a comic artist.

FREE Event. To book tickets email or call 01978 293466

Oriel Sycharth Gallery
Glyndŵr University
Mold Road, Wrexham LL11 2AW
01978 293950

Church Stretton Arts Festival 2013

The Church Stretton Arts Festival's Open Exhibition of Art, Craft and Photography is running again this year, and once again will be held at Church Stretton School. The Festival is running from 27th July to 11th August, and the exhibition is on from 30th July to 10th August. If you're interested in entering the exhibition, here are the details and entry form (click to enlarge):

You can find more information at

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Teaching Opportunity in Walsall

Information's a little scant on this one, but here it is:

Park Hall Art Society in Walsall are looking for an art tutor for their weekly art class. If you are interested please phone Marlene Fullard on 01922 62466.

Painting in Scotland

This was passed on a little earlier today via Ruth Tune:

Invitation to paint in the glorious Highlands!

I am running a painting house party in the Highlands (near Loch Ness), first week of June 2013 and have some spaces. I am wondering if you could kindly bring this to the attention of your Art Society members.

We are offering lovely country-house accommodation, wonderful food, inspirational landscape and good company! Whilst there will be no formal tuition, I am a professional artist and will give every help and encouragement as required. More experienced painters may welcome a week to follow their muse amongst like-minded people. Non-painters also welcome – plenty to see in the area and excellent walking too.

For further information our website is and my phone number is 07913 033142. E-mail

Thank you very much for your attention

Clare Blois

Sunday, 17 March 2013

2013 Exhibition preview

I've had a few submission in for the preview, so here's Robert Kirk's Dabchicks on the River Itchen:

and Tom Crowe's Old Age B:

See you at the opening, Friday 29th March, 5.30pm - 7pm!

Thursday, 14 March 2013

The Last Supper - new art for Lent

This was sent from The Friends of St Michaels:

"An exhibition in a tiny former shepherds’ church on the Welsh borders portrays 14 individual perspectives of the scriptural sequence.  The highlight is a 12-foot-long installation which fills the chancel; a dining-table, laid with a carafe, wine cups, bread, and plates. It is made of plaster, symbolically white, and is Charles MacCarthy's sculpture, 'That they all may be one'.

Artists exhibiting are:- Julienne Braham, Nick Bush, Simon Dorrell, Lois Hopwood, Xavier Hughes, Charles MacCarthy, Dan MacCarthy, Tania Mosse, Andrea Mclean, Alison Neal, Susannah Royle, Anthea Stilwell, Peter Stilwell and Jane Tudge. All the pictures are for sale. The sales commission will support the charity of St Michael’s Hospice. There is a catalogue available with a forward by the art historian, Frances Spalding.

St Michael's Church, Discoed, near Presteigne, LD8 2NW"

The exhibition began on February 9th, and continues until April 9th.

Full details here:

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Bewdley Open Studios

There's a lot going on right now, isn't there?

There are workshops over in Bewdley on 15th and 16th June - on Saturday 15th, it's 'Mono-Printing on Silk' with Diane Jones, and on Sunday 16th it's 'Texture, Light and Shade' with Claire Spencer RBSA PS.

Here are the flyers for the events - click to enlarge:

Rosies Shop

Dru Cole, who has previously given a talk to the LAS and is one of the Castle Artists, has asked if we would put some information out about a new shop in Bishops Castle:

Rosies Shop
9 Market Square
Bishops Castle

Opening Tuesday 9th April at 10am

Textiles, Clothes, Vintage and Second Hand Accessories, Jewellery and  loads more….

Opening Hours:
 Tuesday –Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sundays / Bank Holidays 12 pm – 4pm

Tel: 07790 549751

Thanks, Dru!

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Pictures from the AGM

At the AGM, all the usual business took place, and we formally elected Val Alexander to the Committee.

The price of monthly meetings may soon be going up, very slightly.

There are a couple of changes to the exhibition details - Derek Plant is presently unwell, so for pre-booking stewarding times for our upcoming exhibition please telephone Alan Hobbs on 01584 872168 or email

Also, we would ask that you please use d-rings, and not eye hooks, when preparing your artwork for hanging.

We invited you to bring along a picture and tell us a little about it, and you did! Here are some of the pictures people brought in:

Next month, on 4th April, we have LAS Committee member Tom Crowe giving us a demonstration of art on an iPad!

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Call for photos of Spring Exhibition Entries!

As you've probably seen, we've our Annual Spring Exhibition coming up, running from Saturday 30th March to Sunday 7th April.

We're issuing a call for photos of the artwork you're going to enter into the Exhibition. I'll then put together a small preview on the blog before the opening.

If you'd like to join in with this, please send an image in .jpg format to

Spring Exhibition

Between 30th March and 7th April, the LAS is running its annual Spring Exhibition! Here's the poster for it, designed by Val Alexander (click to enlarge):

Apologies for not putting up the exhibition entry forms yet, but I'm still waiting for them! They'll be up very soon, though.