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Monday, 27 February 2017

Spotlight: Ekaterina Ziuzina, watercolour artist

This month Spotlight takes a focus on the work of Ekaterina Ziuzina, a watercolour artist based in Belarus.
Flowers growing from fragile vessels, ships on a sea, on a journey. Much of Ziuzina's work features two examples of an object or concept, in harmony and in succession.

As one lays down....  A tag team. In turns.  

Where there is a shining precious vessel, there are also those around it, so that it shines.
Before turning professional Ziuzina was an architect, which may be apparent if we consider architecture as the art of where people live. The jug seems to represent a Societal construct, which can last longer than those around it. Just one jug, but two of each fruit, because fruits seed more fruits, and on it goes, and grows. No two are the same, but they all nourish.

Garlic. Cloves grow new plants, which multiply the cloves down generations, and many cloves go off to make fine dishes. 

Kettles, teapots, vessels....  Different styles, capacities, origins and ways to flow. Sharing the experience. One to another.

Sam Manley is stepping down as Chairman of the Ludlow Art Society, having started as LAS' youngest ever Chairman, and forged the Society onwards. John Jarvis is stepping up from Treasurer to Chairman.  And on it goes, and grows.
Watercolours are not just still life. To me these paintings inspire participation in a great Society.
Thank you Sam.  Thank you John.

A video of Ekaterina Ziuzina's paintings is at
   I hope they inspire you, in art, in deed.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

LAS AGM 2nd March 7pm


March sees the Ludlow Art Society's Annual General Meeting, which all members and prospective members are invited to attend - and as always, we have our evening meeting poster for you to print out and put up.

We'll have a special show-and-tell after the meeting, where we invite you to bring along a piece of your artwork and tell us all a little about it, giving us all a chance to learn more about what kind of art you like to pursue. We'll also be showcasing our Anniversary Art Project book, where we also invite you to talk about your entry for the book.

We'll be reviewing our last year, setting out where we plan to go for 2017, then there's the election of Committee officers and award of special membership. Come along and make suggestions for the future of the Society - tell us what you think!

We're always looking for new people to join our Committee, and right now we need new Committee members, as we're short-handed - if you'd like to come on board and help us keep the LAS running, the AGM is the perfect time and you'd be made very welcome.

The poster was created by Anne Fox.

Hope to see you on the 2nd of March!
Sam Manley.

It's 7pm (for 7:30 start) until about 10pm maybe.  Turn up when you can, and join in.  Plenty of art, and what it's about, and how it gets supported and loved.

Silk Top Hat: Simon Dorrell exhibition 'Time and the Byways'

Please join us on Saturday 4th March 2017 the opening day of 'Time and the Byways'
an exhibition of drawings and paintings by
Invitation to meet the artist
Saturday 4th March, 11.00 am - 1.00 pm

Exhibition open 4th March - 1st April

Silk Top Hat Gallery
Quality Square, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 1AR
(01584 875363)

Sunday, 19 February 2017

LAS Pea Green Cafe exhibition

Here is a glimpse of the current rotation of the LAS's Pea Green Cafe exhibition at the Ludlow Mascall Centre.  
The full version of the exhibition photo was taken by exhibitor Stephen Fox.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Thursday, 16 February 2017

LAS Spring Exhibition

Our 2017 Spring Exhibition at St Laurence's Church runs from 31Mar-10Apr17. 
To exhibit the entry deadline is 15th March 17 - click here for form and conditions of entry.

It's Spring - time to open your buds and bloom. Join in.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Christy Keeney Ceramic Sculpture Exhibition

When: 18th February - 31st March 2017, Tues - Sat, 11am - 4pm
Where: The Dotty Dog Gallery, 77a Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, SY1 1UT
Contact: Stephen 07772394984
There is an Open Day on Saturday, 18th February 2017, 11am - 8pm, with the work of Irish ceramic sculptor and painter Christy Keeney

This is the first show in a series of changing exhibitions featuring the work of well-established and emerging ceramic artists from the British Isles and beyond.


Thursday, 9 February 2017

LAS Permanent Exhibition at St Laurence's

On Tuesday afternoon, the Ludlow Art Society's permanent exhibition space at St Laurence's Church was officially opened with a coffee morning! We're thrilled to be working with the staff at the church to provide a beautiful exhibition space with such good footfall, and which will provide a constant advertisement for the LAS. The show will feature a rotating series of artworks from LAS members (all of which must be for sale), and is curated by Membership Secretary Tom Crowe (who also took the picture below).

Click to enlarge!

If you’d like your work to be considered for a future rotation of this exhibition (no hanging fee, 30% commission), we’d love to hear from you. You do need to be an LAS member, and need to have a record of sales of your work. Drop Tom Crowe a line at for more information.

If you haven't chanced upon the show yet, it's certainly worth stopping by!

Monday, 6 February 2017

40 DAYS, 40 ARTISTS Curated by Charles MacCarthy (PV 28Feb)

Warmly invite you and your guests to the Private View of our forthcoming exhibition:
40 DAYS, 40 ARTISTS  curated by Charles MacCarthy
Tuesday 28th February 6.30 to 8.30pm
The exhibition will be opened by art historian and biographer Frances Spalding
St Michael's Church, Discoed, near Presteigne LD8 2NW

Charles MacCarthy -
  'For some time now there has been a close affinity between religion and the arts at St Michael’s Church, Discoed, with many concerts, poetry readings and exhibitions. This year is the fifth Lent Exhibition and its title, ’40 Days, 40 Artists’, refers to the 40 days that Christ spent in the wilderness.
  We invited forty artists to respond to themes from the Passion, divided into ten traditional subjects which describe the events immediately before and after the Crucifixion as well as the Crucifixion itself. Each of these ten subjects has therefore been interpreted by four different artists, taking their inspiration not only from their allocated title but also from a work of art chosen from among the 'Old Masters'.

When invited to take part, artists often said, "But I’m not religious", or even, "I’m an atheist" but in the end I think this non-pious approach has produced good results. The worlds of art and religion have for ever been intertwined, and as Wittgenstein said, "The best interpretation of a work of art is another work of art." The response from these artists has been tremendous and wholehearted.'

The participating artists are:
Sara Bamford, Richard Bavin, Julian Bell, Carolyn Blake, Julienne Braham, Nicholas Bush, Ruth Cameron-Swan, Susie Cawley, Yvonne Crossley, Ken Eastman, Sandra Elliott, Megan Ellis, Susannah Fiennes, Eugene Fisk, Mary Ann Gelly, Alison Grimley, Lois Hopwood, Nicky Hopwood, Christopher Kilmartin, Guy Lester, Ciara Lewis, Jacob Luke Hughes, Vivienne Luxton, Roger Luxton, Charles MacCarthy, Daniel MacCarthy, Sophie MacCarthy, Pete Mackenzie, Kate Milsom, Tania Mosse, Allison Neal, Lottie O’Leary, Silvia Pastore, Roger Percival, Alex Ramsay, Susannah Royle, Carmel Stephens, Thelma Ayre, Jane Tudge and Bronte Woodruff.

The exhibition is open daily from 1st March - 16th April

How to find St Michael's Church, Discoed:
Leave Presteigne heading west on the B4356. After 1 mile take minor road (straight on) signposted Cascob. Continue for 1 mile. Church approach is up on left after Discoed sign.
Parking at Upper House by the kind permission of John and Annie Nethercott

Google map of St Michael's Church, Discoed here

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Pictures from Sam Manley's Talk

I was booked to give the LAS evening meeting talk for February and begin our year's programme of events, and my presentation was on the topic of 'narrative in illustration'. I went through a little of my more recent work to give an idea of what I do, and how I approach illustration, then moved on to cover a number of different topics - supported by various examples and styles of art throughout history - looking at how each of them can be used to enhance the storytelling, with a focus on breaking out of whatever your own established patterns of thought may be.

Anne Fox was kind enough to take some pictures of the evening:

Next month we hope you'll join us for our AGM (and it's been a pretty good year, we've lots to report!) - Thursday 2nd March.

Friday, 3 February 2017

LAS permanent exhibition at St Laurence's Church - Launching

The LAS permanent exhibition at St Laurence's Church will officially open at 3pm on Tuesday 7th February, and we'd like to invite you all to an afternoon coffee social to celebrate the launch!
The artwork displayed as part of the two-screen exhibition will be rotated on a regular basis, and show curator Tom Crowe will soon be putting out a call for future exhibitors.
Hope to see you there on the 7th

Get Together Fridays

Rockspring Community Centre, 10am-12noon from 17th Feb to 3rd March
See for the Programme - Printing, Cooking, and Needle Felting

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Drop-in Pottery on Tuesdays

Drop-in Pottery sessions 1-3:30 on Tuesdays at The Loudwater Studio, Ludlow.
Whether your an experienced potter or always wanted to have a go but never knew where to start you can join in. You can stay as long or as little as you like. Sessions cost £6.50 per hour so why not come and see what you can make.  

(Bargain!  Speaking from experience, £6.50 per hour is considerably cheaper than running your own studio.)