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Thursday, 31 December 2015

Coming Up In 2016

If you haven't renewed your LAS membership yet, it's the perfect time to do so! You should have had a membership form in the post back in November, but if not you can download one on our Membership and Exhibition Forms page - please note, this will be updated in the New Year to include the new option of payment via bank transfer (an option already on the forms that were sent through the post).

Don't forget that our 2016 programme begins on Thursday 4th February, and we start with a talk from sculptor Matt Smart.

After Matt, we have a very exciting year ahead of us, with talks, demos, our two annual exhibitions, new developments on mini exhibitions (stay tuned!) and of course we'll be heavily involved with the visual arts in the Ludlow Fringe over the summer.

Our programme for the year is right here:

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A very happy New Year to you all, and we'll see you in 2016!

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Committee Changes

The LAS' Committee is changing shape again! Here's a summary of what's happening:

  • We're very pleased to welcome Sam Bebb on the Committee.
  • From our 2016 AGM, Ruth Tune will be resigning as Membership Secretary but will taking on a new role going through our archives. We are also very happy to announce that, in recognition of the extraordinary service she has given to the Art Society, Ruth has been offered and has accepted the position of Vice President. Congratulations, Ruth!
  • From the AGM, Tom Crowe will be resigning as Treasurer and will become the new Membership Secretary.
  • Also from the AGM, we warmly welcome John Jarvis, who joins us as our new Treasurer.

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Origami Artists Wanted

Ahead of the 2016 Ludlow Fringe Festival, we're putting out a call for anyone who is skilled in the art of origami, especially if you'd be interested in running some kind of workshop on it over the summer.

If you are an origamist, or you know someone who is, and you're interested, drop me a line at

Spotlight - Modern-Day Santa Claus

This month, Spotlight takes a look at the modern interpretation of Santa Claus and how he's been depicted in art. If you go back a long way you may find some origins in the legends of the Krampus, but for now we're just going to focus on the red-jacketed present-giving chap we knew growing up.

The artist most commonly credited with popularising the common look was Chicago-based Haddon Sundblom (but this may be an over-inflated claim by Coca-Cola, as the images were part of a marketing push by them). We can start by taking a look at what he did via THIS link.

There's more from Sundblom HERE and HERE (both links on the fabulous Lines and Colours blog) as well as on a page dedicated to Coca-Cola art, HERE.

But, did anyone define the look before Sundblom, or was it really his creation? Well, it turns out that JC Leyendecker, who we've featured before on Spotlight (at the end of August 2013 - here's the post if you want to take another look) worked with the traditional image earlier. If you follow THIS link, you'll see, at the top, a depiction by Leyendecker from 1923, while Sundblom's earliest was 1925 (and Sundblom did claim to have been inspired by Leyendecker).

But of course, there were some others. A version by NC Wyeth from 1925 can be found HERE, and a small collection of works (including a mid-1800s version of what clearly appears to be an earlier version still, different yet recognisable, from Thomas Nast) can be found HERE. This short article also shows a link between Nast and Leyendecker, a red-suited and very modern-looking Santa Claus by Reginald Birch, and it dates to 1906.

A very happy New Year to you all!
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Friday, 25 December 2015

Merry Christmas!

We would like to wish all LAS members a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season!

Monday, 14 December 2015

Castle Artists at Bishop's Castle Arts Festival

This came through via email courtesy of Drusilla Cole:

Blue Frog, by Tim Phillips

Castle Artists will be exhibiting their paintings, linocuts, textiles, ceramics and cards at the Bishop’s Castle Arts Festival in the Public Hall, Station Street , Bishops Castle SY9 5AQ
From Friday 18th to Sunday 21st Feb 2016
Open from 10.00 to 5.00 each day.
Refreshments by the Mainstone WI.
At times we will be joined by local musicians 'BouZaTina' and their guests.
Full disabled access and Free entry and parking.
See  or for more info

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Sunny Side Art Open Studio

In addition to Ruth Gibson's open studio weekend, Sunny Side Art (also in Shrewsbury) are holding an open studio event, too!

You can find all the details HERE.

Ruth Gibson Open Studio Weekend

From Ruth's press release:

Ruth Gibson Ceramics - Christmas Open Studio
You are warmly invited to my annual studio sale on Saturday 12th December 1 – 5pm & Sunday 13th December 11am - 5pm

I will be showing a range of my latest screen printed ceramics as well as a large sale of my porcelain jewellery.

Please note this is in my garden studio which is not so spacious but you will will receive a warm welcome and a chance to talk to the artist.
Mulled wine and mince pies to keep you warm!
25 Oakley Street Belle Vue Shrewsbury Shropshire SY3 7JX
Please note the above opening times
Tel: 07791902516