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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Silk Top Hat from 15th October: 'Not Everything is Black and White' an exhibition of paintings and wood engravings

Please join us on Saturday 15th October for the opening day of
'Not Everything is Black and White',
an exhibition of paintings and wood engravings by
also an exhibition of recent work by
and an exhibition of sculpture by
Isaac Smart's Showcase: Philip Nelson decoy carving
Invitation to meet the artists: Saturday 15th October, 11.00 am - 1.00 pm
Exhibitions open 15th October - 12th November
Silk Top Hat Gallery, Quality Square, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 1AR (01584 875363)

Colin See-Paynton ‘Clear, Clear Air’ (oil on canvas) 35½ ins x 35½ ins 

Helen Cass 'Dark Grid and Hedgerow' (drypoint etching/monoprint) 40 cm x 28 cm 

David Howorth 'Bird Man' (hot-waxed steel) 12 ins high

Philip Nelson 'Mandarin Duck' (carved painted wood) 16 cm x 7.5 cm x 7.25 cm

October Meeting Change - Now With Ann Wallace

Unfortunately, and due to circumstances beyond her control, Frances Clarke will not be able to give her talk to us on 6th October. However, she will be re-booked for some time in 2017, so keep an eye out for that.

In her place we're moving up our November speaker, Ann Wallace, who has very kindly agreed to step in for October (details of the new November speaker will be posted here very soon).

Ann's talk is titled "Aspects of Drawing and Learning", and the flyer for it is below (click to enlarge).

You can find more of Ann's work on her website,

See you on the 6th!

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Spotlight - Art that inspired film makers

This month’s Spotlight, as well as illuminating fine art, shines also on cinematic directors, set designers and actors.
Does this house look familiar?
It is ‘House By The Railroad’ by American painter Edward Hopper.
It is also, by proxy, the house in Alfred Hitchcock’s film ‘Psycho’.
Hopper is most famed for the iconic bar painting ‘Nighthawks’, with its atmosphere of distance between the characters, the air of solitary non-connection.
The ‘House By The Railroad’ is similar – it stands alone on a plain, looking somewhat desolate as though it has had time to brood.  It is this personality expressed within the painting which inspired Hitchcock in the design of the “Bates Motel” in the film – which is indeed rather like the isolation expressed through the film’s main character.  The house, like the film’s protagonist Norman Bates, seems to have spent much time apart from the moderating influence of civilisation, and left to reach its own ideas of how to think and behave.
This theme of being solitary, and unsharing of thought, is manifest in most of Hopper’s paintings.  Here is ‘Hotel By A Railroad’.  Does it remind you of another Hitchcock film?
For more about art that inspired film have a browse through  and

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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

One-day letterpress workshops, by Dulcie Fulton

Here at the Mostly Flat print shop in Ludlow, Shropshire, I run one-day workshops teaching the fundamentals of traditional letterpress printing to small groups (3 people max). After a basic grounding in typography and general principles, you’ll learn how to hand-set metal and wood type in a composing stick and lock it up ready for printing.

Create a small print, some greetings cards, postcards, coasters or any small printed thing that takes your fancy. You'll go home with a little pile of letterpress printed goodies (if you want to print heaps & heaps there may be a small extra charge for materials).

Dates: Saturday 8th October.  Workshops run from 10.30am to 5.30pm and cost £100 per person. 
Mostly Flat is based at Loudwater Studios on the Burway Trading Estate in Ludlow, Shropshire.  Booking details, and full info:

Jewellery making workshops with Melissa Hunt

New courses for 2016/17 at: Oxford Barn, Oxford Yard, Brampton Bryan, Herefordshire SY7 0DH.

Jewellery evenings Thursday 8th September - Thursday 13th October 2016, 6-9pm   

There is a broad range of courses on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, 10am-5pm, for a variety of skill levels, exploring and learning the techniques, with equipment and tools provided, and the metals and other materials included in the price for most courses: 
Make a silver ring Saturday 24th September 2016
Silver soldering Saturday 15th October 2016
Anti-clastic raising: make a silver bangle Sunday 30th October 2016
Stone setting 1 Saturday 10th December and Sunday 11th December 2016,
Stone setting 2 Friday 6th January and Saturday 7th January 2017
Stone setting 3 Saturday 25th February 2017
Etching and photo-etching for jewellers Saturday 5th November 2016
Casting for jewellers Saturday 26th November 2016
Chain making, wirework and simple clasps Saturday 28th January 2017
Make a silver spoon Sunday 26th February 2017
Cold Connections for jewellers Saturday 4th March 2017
Prices are £110 to £220.  All these new one and two day classes are also offered as private tuition, dates to suit.  
On-site parking available, with tea and coffee making facilities in the studio and a cafe at Aardvark Books close by.

See for full details and how to book places.

Melissa co-ordinates City and Guilds Creative Techniques Levels 2 and 3 in jewellery making at Westhope College in Shropshire.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Canwood Gallery - major new gallery and sculpture park shows the power of "Can"

A new gallery and art park has opened, which clearly has serious backing, and a strong vision.
The space and the art look to be very high quality from the word Go.  Looks like a place to get into, as an artist or visitor.
In the 1970’s the gallery owner, then a farmer, became critically ill with leukemia, and was sent down to Bart’s hospital in London, to take part in a medical trial as a last ditch attempt to try and save his life. In between some pretty severe treatments, including radiation and mustard gas amongst many others, he decided to venture out and took a black cab and asked where he could go to see something different.  The driver took him to the Tate and refused to take any fee.  Upon walking into the Tate the first thing he saw and found great inspiration in was the controversial Carl Andre’s bricks.  It was the first of many visits.  Whether it was the inspiration from art or the treatment, or both, he was the only person in his batch of 12 to survive to this day.
It has always been his desire to give something back and to build a gallery in Herefordshire where people could experience interesting art for free.
What makes this project even more phenomenal and unknown at the time of commission, is the architect also had leukemia and was treated by Bart’s hospital under the very same doctor.
They've got Carl André's bricks as part of their inaugural show, plus established folk like Angela Connor, and what look to be some very promising newbies.
Canwood Gallery is a green gallery providing it’s own electricity via solar panels and it is heated via a ground source heat pump.
The current show runs until 18th September, as part of h-Art.  What will this new, punchy contender do next?