Exhibition of work by Richard Argent

Richard Argent, who is a member of Rayleigh Art Group, has an exhibition of his work at Rayleigh Windmill starting Thursday 22nd May until 22 June.


All the information can be found by clicking on the link below.



Peter Pearse

Sadly one of our long time members Peter Pearse has passed away. He was taken into hospital on Thursday of last week and died on the Monday morning this week. Our thoughts are with his wife Jean and two daughters at this time.

Peter was a a member of Rayleigh Art Group for several years and was the Club Secretary for many years, and had re-joined the club a couple of years ago.

He was a prolific painter, mainly in acrylics, he painted mainly landscapes, but he also had a liking for the bright and brash as his Vegas style paintings showed.  Recently he had entered six paintings at the Purleigh Open Art Show two weeks ago on the Monday, he was taken ill on the Thursday, and had sold three paintings by Sunday, quite a flourish!

His funeral is being held at the Southend Crematorium on Thursday 15th May at 3.20 pm. and hope that many of his friends at the club can attend.  Flowers only from the family, any donations to the Cancer Relief charities.

He will be sadly missed.

Our thanks to Maggie Stannard for providing the information.

Rayleigh Art Group ‘At Home’ Evening

This well attended evening was a real success this year, with a table well laden with goodies to eat and drinks supplied by the Club, all members in attendance enjoyed chatting, catching up with friends and generally indulging themselves.

Our speaker this year was a gentleman called Alan Townsend who is the current Chairman of the Chelmsford Marquetry Group. We were shown many examples of veneers of different woods in various colours and also a few designs that had been made many years ago, this was proven by the use of old newspapers as backing to keep the marquetry in place.

Alan showed us just how to go about starting a piece of marquetry and then pieces that a beginner would expect to complete within around 3 months – All very interesting and extremely clever.

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He then brought out pictures that he had done himself, each piece being brought out of a box made to fit. There were many, and all extremely beautiful, a very clever man I think you could say.

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Unfortunately the photos do not do justice to the pieces of work exhibited.

Alan then showed us a cutlery box that he had made which was absolutely exquisite, lined with red satin and all made and finished by hand – Absolutely beautiful and admired by many of our members. Alan explained that he was a cabinet maker by trade and just really enjoyed doing it as his hobby now he was retired.

Our competition for ‘Best Picture of the Year’ had sixteen entries this year, all of outstanding quality.

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Following the normal procedure of all members voting, there was a tie for first place, with the eventual winners being Colin Mossman and myself, Cathy Newton.

Report and photos courtesy of Cathy Newton

Rayleigh Art Group ‘At Home’

The Rayleigh Art Group ‘At Home’ evening will be on Wednesday 7th May 2014 from 7.30 pm at the Todman Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh. Members and guests are invited to come along with a plate of food and their best picture for the ‘Best Picture of the Year’ competition.

During the evening there will be a guest speaker giving a talk on Marquetry.