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Friday, 31 May 2013

Spotlight - Edgar Degas: The Complete Works

This month Spotlight looks at the complete works of Edgar Degas, considered one of the founders of Impressionism and perhaps most famous for his depictions of dancers.

Early in his career, his ambition was to be a history painter, a calling for which he was well prepared by his rigorous academic training and close study of classic art. In his early thirties he changed course, and by bringing the traditional methods of a history painter to bear on contemporary subject matter, he became a classical painter of modern life.

Here's the link:

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Thursday, 30 May 2013

Upcoming - Martin Dutton talk, Monnington Court, Fringe Festival!

Three things for you (oh, we spoil you rotten)!

Firstly, on Thursday 6th June we have Martin Dutton coming along to give us a talk and watercolour demo. Martin has kindly sent along this example of his work:

Secondly, on Saturday 15th June we're heading to Monnington Court. This is from the email sent around by Ruth Tune:

Monnington Court, Hereford, HR4 7NL – Saturday 15th June
A plein air visit to Angela Conner’s home where, besides her sculptures, are the famous Morgan horses, and beautiful gardens, plenty to sketch. Go in your own time and meet at about 10 o’clock

International sculptor Angela Conner is known for her large scale abstract sculptures that take pride of place in public spaces. Engineered to respond to natural forces and elements, they entice viewers to watch their gentle movement.
So while it could be said that Angela’s studio is a temple to nature, the beautiful gardens at her Herefordshire home, Monnington Court, serve as a temple to her work. Nestled in the Wye Valley, the medieval house is surrounded by 25 acres of parkland, lake and herb gardens, with the famous mile-long avenue of pines and yews planted in the mid 17th century. Dotted around the tranquil gardens and private walkways are examples of Angela’s kinetic sculptures.

Ruth has also provided this map (if you need further details, enter the postcode into Google Maps and get directions from your starting point):

Finally, we have the Ludlow Fringe Festival ( from 21st - 30th June. On Sunday 30th June we will have two market stalls in the Castle Square on which to promote the Art Society and sell browsers only. You are invited to bring any number of browsers for sale, entry £1 each (there will be no commission from sold browsers) Bring for 10am and collect at 4pm. If you are able to help man the stalls you will be welcome.

All browsers must be presented with backing, mount and covered with cellophane and a label on the front with the usual details: title, medium, price, artists’ name. The form below must be presented with your browsers for reference:

Monday, 27 May 2013

July 4th Meeting - Change of Plans

Richard Corbett, who was to talk to us about 'Abstract in Nature' on 4th July, unfortunately cannot make it.

Karen Van Hoff, who was originally booked for May (but who couldn't make that date, and so we had Keith Noble instead), will now come on the 4th July and show us how she makes jewellery by knitting and embroidering silver thread and much more.

Should be very interesting - hope to see you there!

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Ludlow Open 2013

Details of the Ludlow Open 2013:

Artist Application Deadline: 14 June 2013
Ludlow Open is a contemporary open submission exhibition held in a modern gallery space in the centre of Ludlow each summer.  Established and emerging artists working in all forms are invited to submit work for exhibition.

2013 Selectors are:
Christopher Le Brun (Artist & President of Royal Academy of Art),
Anne de Charmant (Director, Meadow Arts),
David Cleaton-Roberts (Director, Alan Cristea),
Nathaniel Pitt (Artist & Curator).

This year’s exhibition is from 27th July to 10th August, with PVs and Artist Events on 25th & 26th July.

Where possible assistance is given in transporting artwork.  Please note that unfortunately this year there is no opportunity for displaying outside sculpture.  There is however a screening room for digital artwork.

Full application form and terms & conditions are available on the website:
For further information please contact Jo King at

SmArt Class

The LAS sponsors a local kids' art club - SmArt. For the last few LAS exhibitions they've had a section for their works, and here they are with their art from our spring show:

They are: Allanah Griffiths-Sergeant, Eryn Lawley, Lana Ambrazas, Louis Lawley, Kaelan Griffiths-Sergeant

The club is run on Saturdays, 10.30am – 12.30pm, it's for ages 8 – 16. Per term (10 sessions) it's £35 (£30 concessions). For further details please call Tanith Kinton on 01584 876532.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Plein air - eyes to the skies

It's not looking so good for a long stretch of outdoor painting on Saturday, with forecasting some showers for Ludlow, but, if it does prove to be a washout, the backup plan is to gather for some sketching in the Charlton Arms (and probably a spot of lunch!).

We start at 10am, but it's not a formal thing - you're welcome to turn up later if you'd rather.

See you there!

Contemporary Ceramics Private View

You may already have spotted 'Contemporary Ceramics' in the What's On section above. Well, LAS Members have been invited to attend the Private Viewing on May 22nd, from 6.30pm to 9pm.

To re-cap the details of the exhibition, the website for it is here:

Pictures from Keith Noble's talk

LAS President Keith Noble brought his (surprisingly sparse) painting kit and displayed his expertise of the medium, producing a beautiful watercolour seascape in under two hours. Thanks also to Keith for stepping in at short notice!

Here are some pictures of the demo:

Next month, on 6th June, we have LAS member Martin Dutton coming to give us a watercolour demo - his style should be an interesting counterpoint to Keith's, as it's much more detail-oriented.

Finally, the price of LAS evening meetings has regrettably had to increase, and is now £3 for Members, and £4 for non-Members.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

The Ludlow Fringe!

No, it's not a new hairstyle.
From an email circulated to all LAS members:

You may know that The Ludlow Fringe is replacing the Ludlow Festival. There is to be an Artists’ Market in Castle Square, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June and we have been offered a stall. This is an opportunity to promote the Society as well as hopefully selling a few paintings.

We propose displaying browsers only, depending on the interest, for either 1 or 2 days. There would be a small charge to cover our cost and you would need to bring paintings for 10am and collect at 4pm.

If you are interested, we need to know by Monday 6th May - no details, just if you might exhibit.

Upcoming - Keith Noble demo, plein air

On Thursday 9th May our President, Keith Noble, is going to give us a watercolour demonstration - definitely worth coming along for! You can find Keith's website here:

Also, on Saturday 11th May, we have our first plein air of the year. We'll be at the Charlton Arms, where we'll start at 10am. This year we've got a back-up plan for each plein air day, so if the weather's not so good we'll retire to a nearby pub (in this case... the Charlton Arms!) and do some sketching inside.

See you on the 9th!