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Thursday, 28 February 2019

7th March: Pete Davis: "Observations - Collections -Recollections" – A lifetime in Photography

After ten years in advertising and fashion photography, Pete moved to Wales embarking on field trips around the British Isles, Europe and the USA with his large format camera. He has received numerous Arts Council, British Council and European awards and is a past winner of the Wakelin Purchase Prize for Welsh artists. A major retrospective exhibition of his life’s work was held in 2017.

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Monthly Social Meetings

We hold informal monthly social meetings on the 18th of each month, 8.00pm at the Blue Boar, Mill Street, Ludlow. These are open to anyone, so feel free to come along and meet members of our society and find out about all the things we do. Call in any time you like from 8.00pm onwards.

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Spotlight: Shall we get garlic bread?

This month, Spotlight is the headlamp of a scooter.   
It is driving through town streets with a stack of pizzas in the back.  Those flat square boxes often look plain.  Yet sometimes they are as unexpected as anchovies and ground beef, as gripping as artichoke and gorgonzola.
What art do people put on pizza boxes?
I can be as creative as what people put on pizzas.  And as inspired, or as much of a belly flop.
Art is disposable.  Face it, if it’s still on the wall at home after 5 years, unless it is unavoidable view, it gets looked at for 3 hours or 20 minutes per year.  Which may be gratifying when we consider that the garlic bread gets as much attention as the pizza box.  Including if you didn’t get any garlic bread.
Something I love about pizza box art is that it nails home these truths about what we produce with any sense of viewership.  If your art is done for the love of painting or sketching then you are free from this spicy curse.  Enjoy the fun.
Another beauty of this format is its restriction.  8 inches or Twelve-and-a-half, or some other diameter-based inchy square.  In one ink tone, or two, or maybe 5 if the boxey guys have some budget and a lot of love.

In a couple of years a 360,442 colour palette will no doubt be available to every printing optimist.. But in the recent past, and the present, a restrictive food-safe hair-colour-range palette is what can be slapped onto cardboard.  It focuses the mind.  Like the painting scene being ‘oil on canvas’ or watercolour, or…  or something that doesn’t fit into those boxes.  Like public sculpture being bronze or stone.  Stuck in the Bronze Age or the Stone Age.  Haiku is not the only poetry.  It focuses the mind superbly.  “Fruit” is not the only way to treat an orange.
Money is funny.  In art, the frame is the bit that yields to production costs and the market.  The cost of the frame is pretty much the same.
The painting can be a gift to a friend, or sell for a thousand Euros. That same frame still cost the same. With a pizza, the box can be the art, while the art oil-n-cheese on canvas dough, and the price doesn’t range from zero to insane.
Art is food too, and the money is up to you.
Next time you get a pizza, don’t throw the box.  Grab some pens.  Get your paints out.  Have a laugh.  An edge-you-cational arts experiment.  
Then savour the garlic bread and sleep with a twelve inch smile.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Opportunity for a Watercolour Painter

As part of a local fundraising programme, Ludlow lending library are looking for an artist to give a lunchtime talk about watercolour painting. This will be at the library, some time in the summer. Although no fee is available, the artist will benefit from the associated publicity as well as being able to promote their own work on the day. If you feel up to the challenge, please email and I will forward your email to the organisers.