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Saturday, 29 November 2014

Spotlight - the Complete Works of Katsushika Hokusai

You may not know the name, but I'm sure many of you know this woodcut:

The Great Wave Off Kanagawa

It was created by Katsushika Hokusai, and this month Spotlight is looking at his complete works. A short biography of the artist:

Katsushika Hokusai (θ‘›ι£ΎεŒ—ζ–Ž, Katsushika Hokusai? 1760–May 10, 1849) was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. In his time he was Japan's leading expert on Chinese painting. Born in Edo (now Tokyo), Hokusai is best-known as author of the woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (c. 1831) which includes the iconic and internationally recognized print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, created during the 1820s. Hokusai created the "Thirty-Six Views" both as a response to a domestic travel boom and as part of a personal obsession with Mount Fuji. It was this series, specifically The Great Wave print and Fuji in Clear Weather, that secured Hokusai’s fame both within Japan and overseas. As historian Richard Lane concludes, “Indeed, if there is one work that made Hokusai's name, both in Japan and abroad, it must be this monumental print-series...” While Hokusai's work prior to this series is certainly important, it was not until this series that he gained broad recognition and left a lasting impact on the art world. It was The Great Wave print that initially received, and continues to receive, acclaim and popularity in the Western world.


The text is from the same website where you can find all the artwork, and the link is right here:

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Thursday, 27 November 2014

VP Alan Hobbs

We're delighted to say that former Chairman and current Vice Chairman Alan Hobbs has agreed to become a Vice President of the LAS.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Silk Top Hat

Quite a bit to cover here! First off, STH now has a website, so go point your browsers at and check it out.

Okay, back with us? There's an upcoming Christmas Exhibition opening on 29th November, with work from Keith Andrew, Michelle Anderson, Thelma Ayre, Lin Brown, Nik Burns, Ian Kent, Caroline McLachlan, Will and Lottie O'Leary, Don Smith and David Stoves. Isaac Smart designer makers include: Jason Braham, Ted Bruce, Caitriona Cartwright, Josephine Harvey, Carol Howse,  Ralph Jandrell, Corinna Kenyon-Wade, Sanders and Wallace, Margo Selby, Elspeth Soper, Melanie Tomlinson, Marian Watson, Nicki Williams and Sara Withers.

Don Smith will be artist in residence on 6th December, when he will demonstrate how he makes his drypoint prints.

There's also a Top Hat Tour, the last of the year, to Birmingham on 4th December - just contact the gallery for details (all information on their website).

George Loades' Demo - Finished Piece

Do you recall George Loades' watercolour demo at the beginning of the month? Well, he's finished the painting and send a photo of it along for us to see. Cheers, George!

Monday, 10 November 2014

Hockney and Rembrandt at the Assembly Rooms

The Ludlow Assembly Rooms will be streaming two programmes which may be of interest to LAS members. At 7pm on Tuesday 25th November there's a documentary portrait of David Hockney, followed by a live Q&A. Then, at 7.30pm on Thursday 4th December, there's what's called an 'exhibition on screen' featuring the life story and artwork (focusing on the later works) of Rembrandt. These are ticketed events, so book while you can!

You can find all the details for Hockney here:
For Rembrandt, please go here:

Sunday, 9 November 2014

'In Another Light' at Croft Castle

From the Nation Trust's press release:

See Croft 'In another light' this winter as we work in partnership with meadow arts to bring you a contemporary art exhibition in the form of light. Artists  David Ogle and Rebecca Farkas have created pieces which light up the stables, garden and park after dark.

5pm to 8pm every Saturday from 1 November to Saturday 21 March 2015

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Pictures from George Loades' Talk

George set up with a drawing and preliminary sketch he'd prepared earlier, so he could dive right into the painting. We saw him turn this into a halfway-finished but stunning picture, and we also got to take a look at the fine work in his sketchbook.

Some pictures from the evening:

Well, that's it for the Ludlow Art Society's 2014... except not quite, as this blog will keep rolling on, bringing you the programme for 2015 before too long, and keeping you up to date with local artistic news!

We hope you've enjoyed everything we did this year - our speakers, exhibitions, Fringe involvement, social gatherings, plein air days and little asides like the self portrait day, and we do hope to see you again next year, when we'll begin on the first Thursday in February.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Shropshire Hills Art Week Registration Open

This came through via email from Jules McRobbie - SHAW is running again this year! Here are the details:

Shropshire Hills Art Week 2015 – ARTISTS WANTED!

Recruitment for the Shropshire Hills Art Week 2015 is now open

The event will run from 30 May – 7 June 2015

Do you paint wonderful landscapes, create beautiful jewellery, build stunning pots, carve magnificentstone sculptures, weave interesting wall hangings, blow fabulous glass, or make comfortable furniture? Are you an artist in or around the Shropshire Hills? Do you want to open your studio or join a group show?

If so, Shropshire Hills Art Week wants you!

The Shropshire Hills Art Week (SHAW) is seeking artists to sign up, join in and get involved for the 2015 event! We encourage works inspired by landscape and wildlife, to showcase this stunning area.SHAW wants to help build a real community among artists in and around the Shropshire Hills. Take a look at our website, which contains artist profiles, an online gallery, helpful business tips for artists, and guidelines on getting the most out of art week. Find new markets for your work, benefit from our PR campaign, and help us to encourage people to visit the Shropshire Hills to look at art, walk, cycle, eat cake, swim in rivers, and share our lovely landscape. 

The deadline for registering for this year’s Shropshire Hills Art Week is 31 January 2015

SPECIAL DISCOUNTED RATE for any artist who pays before 31 DECEMBER 2014

Sign up, join in and get involved now!

Contact Jules McRobbie on 01568 770168 or 0773 638 1287, or visit


Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Castle Artists Christmas Exhibition

This just came through via email from Dru Cole - 

Angel Fish (Blue), linocut by Dru Cole

Castle Artists will hold an Exhibition and Art & Craft Sale on Saturday 13th December from 10.00am - 5.00pm & Sunday 14th December from 11.00am to 5.00pm at the Public Hall, Station Street , Bishops Castle SY9 5AQ

There will be a mix of watercolour paintings, photographs, linocuts, prints and cards for sale at reasonable prices.

Artists include Drusilla Cole, Gordon Yapp, Tim Phillips, Rosie Read, Anne MacDonald, Sue Percy, David Bunyan, Nigel Kerry, Pauline Kitely, Andrew Fusek Peters and many others.
Entry is free with plenty of parking. Disabled Access. See for more info.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

LAS Self Portraits 2014

It was a bit a of a low turnout here for International Self Portrait Day, but Arthur Davis and I have self portraits to put up so here we go:
Arthur Davis, Watercolour, 40cm x 55cm

Sam Manley, Digital
See you on the 6th for our last evening meeting of the year - a talk and demo with George Loades!