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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Spotlight - Connective reasons for making art, and Mandalas

This month, Spotlight shines on the meanings in mandalas and artistic wishes and ways to connect.
A mandala is a physical manifestation of gratitude
We are creators

Mandalas are usually thought of as patterns, drawings, multicoloured swirling geometric images. There are many forms. Now is a good time of year to make land mandalas: patterns on the land, on grass or soil or on rocks, made by placing colourful leaves, found petals, pieces of moss, stones.. pretty much anything natural. Placing them in patterns, typically circular patterns growing outwards as you go. It is basically like land art.

As with any art, creating a land mandala is an act of focus, and takes your mind from other things. It is this giving of yourself to the creation you are assembling and shaping, the object, and to the act, that is much of why it is a pleasure to make mandalas. A way to escape from what we may find tedious and uncreative in daily obligations and routines. Not an “escape from reality” but a shift into another reality: that of the work we are creating when we paint or sculpt or draw. And a shift into its meanings – whether we paint a sunset to convey a cosy warm feeling, or an activist piece to make viewers aware of politicians’ unfulfilled promises – or sketch about families, or sculpt about the environment.
Duck House Echos is a painting by Caroline Krieger Comings 

According to the mandala principle, a prominent feature of tantric Buddhism, all phenomena are part of one reality. Whether good or bad, happy or sad, clear or obscure, everything is interrelated and reflects a single totality.
It is particularly rewarding to make mandalas with other people – sharing that letting go, and sharing a creative process. Placing leaves or petals or stones, everyone does their thing for the collective whole. Like a social blending of different ages and wisdoms, or views and cultures. When we drop the burdens and worries, and the petty politics, and money worries or whatever it is that we think makes other people enemies…. Connectedness is stronger.
This is true in our art practice. Does anyone do art to take something away from someone else, or make them into enemies, or make them feel small? We do it for connectedness.
As with art, some people think it’s a waste of time, or an indulgent hobby. Many of us see its value. What it conveys, what it gives, and why people do it. What it shares.
Mandalas communicate less obviously. They still do. Their meanings are maybe a bit more obscure, generally. Like art, their meanings are very clear when you do them. Also like art, what a mandala means is up to you.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Sale of Art Materials & Paintings by Diane Jennings

SALE OF THE CENTURY!!!  LOTS OF BARGAINS, PAINTINGS FROM JUST £5, ART MATERIALS, MAGAZINES, SLATE HEARTS WITH QUOTES ON, lots of new tubes of oil paint and loads and loads of new brushes--all at cheap prices....

COME AND SAY HELLO AND HAVE A BROWSE... at my home 52 Greenacres,Ludlow,Shropshire SY8 1LY from Friday 12th May until Sunday 28th May. Our Gala marquee will be full of bargains! I will be donating 25% of sales to the O'Connor Haematology/Cancer haematology Unit at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital where my son is being treated. Some paintings are also available online - prices include P+P. Lots and lots of paintings will be sold at bargain prices. Call 01584 872013 for more details.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Silk Top Hat - New work by Lin Brown, Charles MacCarthy and others

New work by LIN BROWN, CHARLES MACCARTHY and MATTHEW WOOD on the middle floor : new exhibition as of 13th May 2017
Also the mixed work on the top floor has been transformed, featuring artists such as Bob Bates, Edward Bell, Mary Griffin, Lois Hopwood, Jenny Jones and David Stoves.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Two Exciting Art Workshops

We are proud to announce two exciting art workshops, by prominent local artists Brontë Woodruff and Rob Leckey. These are run by LAS in conjunction with Ludlow Fringe Festival, and are open to all, members and non-members alike. To book your place, please email or call 01584 873182.

Brontë Woodruff: Exploring Line and Wash with Vandyck Crystals
Tuesday 27th June, 1.30 to 4.30pm, Ludlow Women's Centre, Church St.
A lively session with painter Bronte Woodruff who will encourage you to experiment with colour and combinations of media, using her favourite van Dyck crystals as a starting point. Bring your widest brushes, a stick, plenty of colours ...  and your energy and enthusiasm! £20 (includes £5 for materials). Refreshments included.

Rob Leckey: Painting without Brushes

Wednesday 21st June 1.30 - 4.30pm, Ludlow Women's Centre, Church St.
A fun workshop with Rob Leckey ARBSA who will show how to paint in acrylics using rollers, shaped pieces of wood and old credit cards! Suitable for everyone from beginners upwards. £15 + small charge for materials on the day. Refreshments included.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Cheltenham Contemporary Art Fair

Billed as "an easy and exciting way to see forty-five of the best of Britain’s Galleries in one place, many of them rarely seen on the UK art fair circuit". Admission is free if you go tomorrow, Fri 11th May. It continues over the weekend and takes place at the racecourse.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Val Alexander & Rob Leckey at The Gateway

LAS Members Val Alexander and Rob Leckey are holding a joint exhibition of paintings at The Gateway in Shrewsbury. We wish them every success!

Dates: Tues 16 May – Fri 23 June
Venue: Gallery 3 at The Gateway, Chester Street, Shrewsbury SY1 1NB
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9 am – 4.30pm
Admission: free

Here's one of Val's to whet your appetite:

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

£25 Day Course with Bronte Woodruff & Lois Hopwood

Ann Blockley Online Exhibition

Hugely admired artist Ann Blockley has launched an online exhibition and sale here. Surely art buying has never been easier. Maybe it's a concept that we should look at ourselves.