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Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Spotlight: Exceptional Art History

Velázquez - The Weavers

This month, Spotlight takes a look at the recent Muddy Colors post 'Exceptional Art History'. The article contains a series of art history lectures by Micah Christensen, who has his PhD in the History of Art from the University of London and a Masters of Fine Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London. You'll be able to listen to talks about Velázquez, Bernini, Piranesi, Tiepolo, Lucientes and Canova, and you can also follow link to the page they're all from, Bearded Roman.

You can find the link HERE.

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!


Well, that is now the end of my run of Spotlight posts, (it's been 58 months, and I hope you've found something interesting in some of the things we've looked at), but that doesn't mean the concept is going anywhere - new webmaster Jean Simnett will be taking the reigns from next month!

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Spring Exhibition 2016

We now have the "Rules of entry" and "Entry Form" available for you.

They will be sent out by e-mail to those who have elected for e-mail contact, others will receive them via "snail mail" but you should get them before the end of next week (1st April).

You can also access them via the Membership and Exhibition Forms button on the right hand side.

I look forward to receiving your entries and seeing your work in the exhibition.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Spring Exhibition

Fantastic news!  We are going ahead with our Spring Exhibition at St Laurence’s church in Ludlow.  This is great news as we had feared we would have to cancel and most certainly did not want to do that in this, our 70th Anniversary year.  
Even better, this time we will have more screens available for your paintings than at last summers exhibition, so make sure you have lots ready.  
Put these dates in your diaries now:  the exhibition opens on 30th April and closes on 8th May; BUT you will need to bring your work to St Laurence’s on 29th April and collect any unsold on 9th May.  
The entry forms will be available on line shortly but will also be sent out via snail mail just as soon as we can get them to you.  

There will be a few procedural changes to our previous exhibitions and with such a short lead in your Exhibition sub committee will be working very hard to make sure everything is covered and explained to you before hand, so please read the “Entry forms” and “Rules for entry” very carefully.  If in doubt you can always contact one of the Exhibition sub committee by email (see Committee page)

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Westhope College

Sam has just pointed out to me that Westhope College has posted it’s April - August brochure on line.  Art courses including portraiture, lino printing and watercolour and also lots of very interesting craft work courses that I definitely haven’t time for.  If only there were more hours in the day!!!  Check it out via this link  Thanks Sam.

Friday, 18 March 2016

April’s Talk - Charles MacCarthy - our President -“It’s in the genes”

On April 7th Charles is telling us about his family, many of whom were (French) artists, over six generations - yes that wasn’t a typo - SIX generations!  He sent this image of the apostles on the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral which were sculptured by his great great Grandfather, Victor Geoffrey-Dechaume in the 1860’s.  It sounds absolutely fascinating so do try to make it.

The talk is at our usual venue in the Studio, at the Ludlow Assembly Rooms and starts at 7.30 pm so please arrive early, from 7pm. onwards.  I look forward to seeing you there.

The cost is £3.00 for members, £1.00 for students and £5 for non members.  
Tea, coffee and biscuits are available for which we ask for a small donation of approx 50p.

Monday, 14 March 2016

** Spring Exhibition Update **

A number of LAS members have been in contact about our 2016 Spring Exhibition, wondering if, given the lack of forms so far, it is still going ahead. The plans is that yes, it is, but there is an issue that is currently being dealt with at the venue.

We are holding off sending any forms out yet as our exhibition sub-committee is in contact with St Laurence's right now over an issue with the pews, given that our exhibition space is going to be where they are.

The pews were supposed to have come out before now, (not a small job, as they're on platforms which are sunk into the floor so my understanding is that the floor will need re-surfacing) but administrative issues at the church have meant that this is a little behind schedule. Our exhibition sub-committee has a meeting scheduled with church staff for the 24th of March, during which we hope to hear that everything will proceed as planned, and the forms will go out.

However, should this not be the case, and given that we cannot use our screens as we did last year (zig-zagged in the chancel - some church attendees were unhappy they couldn't see through to the misericords at the back so we would have to have our screens flat against the walls, only allowing hanging on one side of them) and we would either have to be significantly reduced in exhibiting space or have the show split across the church and very hard to steward, the sub-committee has recommended that the Spring exhibition not go ahead this year as it would not do justice to what an LAS show should be. It's certainly frustrating, but we're working hard to do all we can, and there will be a further update here as soon as I have news from the sub-committee (25th at the latest an update will be posted).

We have looked at other opportunities to exhibit before our summer show, though, and there will be an LAS exhibition in town as part of the Ludlow Fringe Art Trail, which will take place in June - forms for this will be available soon. In addition, we are looking to expand on the permanent exhibition at the Pea Green Cafe with another permanent exhibition later this year by the gift shop at the church. Also, we are preparing for a 70th Anniversary Sketchbook project, in which we plan to invite all members of the LAS to create a piece of work on a surface we will provide, and then both collect these into a 70th anniversary book and have the work on display at our summer exhibition in August.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Bridging the Void - Invitation to Draw

An unusual email came through recently about Experiential, a dance and film company. The reason this is relevant to us is that they are asking for artists to come along and draw at the performances.

Here's the message (bold text is my addition, for emphasis):


Experiential's performance of ‘Bridging The Void’, is just around the corner - next week! The performance about the beauty of sunrise created by Choreographer & film artist Rachel Johnson, will take place at 7.30pm on the 16th March, at Walker Theatre - Theatre Severn, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY3 8HQ.
Experiential have had a great reception over the tour, and in Truro, welcomed artists to join the company by drawing, sketching and painting during the production. This was an enjoyable experience for all those involved and the company hope to recreate this by inviting you and your artistic friends to do the same. Please come along and bring your art supplies, draw the dancers, and have your work posted on the company's website and social media pages.

Bridging The Void:

This sensory piece interweaves calming projections of sunrise, physical movement of highly trained dancers, an engrossing light installation design and a hypnotic score, creating a really unique, 360 degree performance experience.
“This collaborative work is designed to evoke the changes of light and atmosphere that accompany the transition from night to dawn, with the audience free to move around the performance space, creating their own story around the richly shifting imagery.” (The Guardian)

If you would like to book a ticket or two please go to this link: BRIDGING THE VOID at Theatre Severn

Or call: 01743 281281

Alternatively, if you have any further questions, Rachel would be happy to answer at or on 07870481057.

Please pass this on to your community and anyone who may be interested in attending.

Best wishes,

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Sunday, 6 March 2016

First New Silk Top Hat Exhibitions of 2016

At the Silk Top Hat gallery, Saturday 19th March is the opening day of  'A Nice Cup of Tea' an exhibition of pastels and paintings by Mary Griffin and 'Paper, Paint, Flax and Clay' abstract paintings by Rae Harrison handwoven linen by Alison Morton ceramics by Andrew Crouch

On Saturday 19th March, Mary Griffin and Rae Harrison will be at the Gallery.

On Saturday 2nd April, Alison Morton will be at her workshop at the Old Coach House, Linney Gate, and Andrew Crouch will be at his pottery at 45 Mill Street.

Friday, 4 March 2016

2016 AGM and pictures from the "Monthly draw"

The AGM was both interesting and informative.  Chairman, Sam Manley, ran through the society’s 70 year history and highlighted the important role it still has in promoting art in Ludlow.  

There are many committee changes this year, Tom Crowe resigns as Treasurer and takes over as Membership Secretary.  Ruth Tune resigns Membership and continues within the committee as a Vice President.  Sam Manley is easing out of Webmaster duties and Jean Simnett will be taking over this role.  Lesley Connolly is vacating the Programme Secretaries role but continues within the new  exhibition sub committee, which also includes Susanna Checketts, Anne Fox, Ruth Tune, Jean Simnett and Pat Innes who also continues as Secretary.  Two new committee members, John Jarvis, has taken over as Treasurer, and Sam Bebb.  Vacancies still exist for Programme  and Publicity Secretaries. Full details will be available to members shortly.  

The main business complete we spent some time enjoying a buffet provided by Lesley Connolly and Jean Simnett whilst viewing this months drawings following the theme “Construction Site”.  As you can see from the pictures below this took many forms.  

Next months theme was drawn from the hat and is “Book Title”.  

Bring your interpretation to next months talk “It’s in the genes” on 7th April, which is our President Charles McCarthy who will be talking about his own work and that of his family members.  

Ludlow Photographic Club Competition Winners' Exhibition

The Ludlow Photographic Club is running an exhibition at the Ludlow Mascall Centre, from February 29th - March 24th. You can find all the details on their poster:

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Thursday, 3 March 2016

Ludlow Fringe Art Trail - Call for Artists

The Ludlow Fringe Art Trail is currently looking for artists to be part of this year's event!

It should be noted that this is for artists who want to have their own exhibitions and places on the Trail - the LAS will have a separate section as a group, as we did last year, in St Laurence's, and the entry forms for this will be available soon.

You can find all the details on the link HERE, but hurry - this isn't around for long, the deadline is March 11th!

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Sophie Nina's Exhibition at Chang Thai

There's a new exhibition up on the walls of the Chang Thai Bar, a series of pieces by artist Sophie Nina. You can find all the details on the image below:

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According to the Chang Thai management the exhibition may last a little longer than currently advertised, but that's not set in stone.
Also, the opening date isn't quite clear given the conflicting dates on the image the artist provided, but it's safe to say that the pictures are definitely now on the walls:

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Sophie's gallery website can be found at

Matt Smart's Slides

Matt Smart, the sculptor who gave our first talk of the year, has uploaded the slides he used for the presentation and we're free to link to them. They're in PowerPoint format, but they can also be opened by uploading them to your Google Drive account or just from the links below via Dropbox's slideshow functionality.

The slides are in three parts, and you can download them here:

PART 1     -----     PART 2     -----     PART 3

Thanks, Matt!