Ian Smith Demonstration 14th March 2012

Ian Smith will be the demonstrator at the Rayleigh Art Group on Wednesday 14th March 2012 commencing at 7.30 pm. His subject will be “Acrylic Painting from the Imagination” and all Members and their guests are all welcome at the Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh.

aboutIan Smith is a fine artist with a growing reputation from the seaside town of Leigh on Sea in Essex. His studio/gallery is located in a quaint alleyway near the fine 19th century library, formerly the Rectory, and he welcomes visitors to view his work and discuss commissions.
He has painted for many years and his work is immediately appealing for it’s strength, colour & design, whatever the choice of medium or size. He is often to be seen out and about in Leigh sketching and painting views of familiar and not-so-familiar views of local landmarks, many of which will later be worked up into major finished paintings. He often paints with fellow artist Sheila Appleton although their styles are quite different. Ian Smith works in pen and wash, oils, acrylics, mixed media collage and assemblage.
His subjects include local views, paintings from foreign travel, and other parts of the UK, imaginative works derived from nature, and box structures containing memorabilia concerning specific themes. If you like the art of John Piper, David Gentleman, Paul Nash, Edward Bawden and other 20th century English painters, you will love Ian Smith.


Josie Hook Award with Fish & Chip Supper Quiz

RAG Quiz 2012 (a)44 members and guests braved the snow and ice to attend the fish and chip supper on the 8th of February and judging from the laughter and friendly banter everyone  enjoyed the evening. The highlights of which were another of John’s excellent quizzes and of course the delicious fish and chips or chicken and chips.

Josie Hook Competition 2012 (c)Josie Hook Competition 2012 (b)The competition for the Josie Hook award was for a painting with the word golden in the title to highlight the Golden anniversary of our ‘Rayleigh Art Group’.

There were some very good entries and the one that was picked by popular vote was a lovely flower painting by Pauline Grove titled ‘Golden Wings‘ which was the name of the rose. I’m already looking forward to next years fish and chip supper.

Report Courtesy Ian Deaves and Photos Cathy Newton

Rayleigh Art Group Quiz Night

Please be advised that the Quiz Night scheduled for Wednesday 8th February 2012 is still going ahead provided there is no further deterioration in the weather as of Monday 6th February 2012.

On the assumption that it is going ahead, do not forget to bring your picture which should include the word “Golden” in the title.

We look forward to seeing those of you who have booked tickets.