Well I hope all those that attended the Rayleigh Art Group Christmas party last night enjoyed the evening as much as we did. There was a pleasant buzz the whole evening as members and their guests caught up with old friends and enjoyed a plate or two of food and a complimentary drink.
We were very lucky to have Sandra Hall come along and give us a demonstration on clay crafting, a slightly difficult task for her as the hall was extremely hot and the clay was drying very quickly. However, she was brilliant and very informative about the clay, how to use it, fire it, glaze it and then in her case hopefully sell it.
Sandra made a witch, quite quickly really although she said she had pre-rolled the clay to enable her to complete the subject in the evening. It was going to have to dry out and then be fired in the kiln when she had enough other pieces of a similar size to fill the kiln. It is fired for about 8 hours in her new kiln and then cooled and glazed and then fired again for a similar amount of time. It would be lovely to see the finished article but I am sure it will snapped up at a craft fair in the Spring.
We had a couple of table quizzes provided by Annabel, I think we all pondered over them for most of the evening. Obviously some of us are chocoholics and new many of the answers to one set of questions.
It was lovely to see our new Chairman, Colin Mossman, at the party. He has had a back operation recently and as we could see, is making a speedy recovery.
Our competition this year for the Reg Whiting Award was ‘A Question of Sport’. There were 11 entries this year so not as many as last year so maybe some of you couldn’t get your heads around the title. Cathy Newton won with a picture of racing cars in action and Runner up was by Annabel Hearn of a swimming pool.
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and hope to see some of you in January at the workshop and then many others at the first Demonstration on 14th February, there is a change to the demonstrator as Malcolm Perry is coming to us.
A date for your diary, Wednesday 6th December 2017 is the Rayleigh Art Group Christmas Party so make a note.
The evening will start at 7.30pm and all members and their guests are welcome to participate, you just need to bring some food and Rayleigh Art Group will supply the liquids. Do not forget your painting, entitled ‘A Question of Sport’ for this years competition – we hope a large number of you will have painted a picture for the competition!
To make the evening more interesting, we have invited Sandra Hall a local Crafter specialising in Ceramics and Pottery to give a talk.
Sandra’s main creations are of characters emanating from Medieval and Victorian periods based on sketches by Gustav Dore, John Tenniel and Cervantes. Each piece is hand built and unique. Chess pieces based on Alice in Wonderland and Lord of the Rings. Her work includes a wide range of subjects, personalised house plaques and wall plaques, also fantasy subjects of your choice.
Rayleigh Art Group will be hosting a watercolour demonstration by Joe F Dowden tomorrow evening (Wednesday 8th November). The demonstration will be in the Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh SS6 7QF, starting at 7:30pm sharp, so please arrive soon after 7:00pm. Guests are welcome to participate for a small charge of £4.00.
Joe is a Landscape and Seascape Painter and has exhibited at the Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Exhibition, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, Laing Art Exhibition, Chichester Open, Barings ING – Platform 100, World of Drawings and Watercolours, British Modern Masters, Royal Society of Marine Artists.
Stages one man shows at Albury, Southern UK. Paintings sell at Elford Fine Art, Fine Art UK & British Modern Masters 2008. Author of books and magazine articles. Published worldwide. Presents TV, DVD, seminars, demonstrations and he is a Panel Member of the SAA.
“Joe is a very fine watercolourist, and a magical, water, watercolour artist. But there’s more: he is a brilliant teacher and communicator. As a teacher, he is able to both demonstrate his skill and watercolour technique in a methodical, clear, step-by-step process and along the way run an instructive commentary telling you exactly what he’s doing with variations and alternative approaches. He adds to all this a cornucopic list of useful tips on equipment, advice on best brushes, colours and paper suppliers, colour mixes and much more.”
Over the last few weeks a number of Rayleigh Art Group members have entered various competitions around the district and are to be congratulated on taking first and runner up positions, namely-:
The Odd Fellows Organisation ran a competition in the old Hockley Fire Station with various categories:
Watercolour – Colin Mossman 1st (River Crouch in Hullbridge)
Craft Section – Sue Bridger 1st
Acrylic Section – Sue Bridger 1st (Boat); Runner-up Cathy Newton (Montage of Local scenes in Essex)
Thundersley Congregational Church ran a Painting Competition for the Over 18 and Under 18’s
Over 18 – Cathy Newton 1st; Anna Tobey 2nd and Ken Marjoram a new member 3rd.
Rayleigh Art Group will be holding their AGM on Wednesday 25th October 2017 commencing at 7:30pm sharp, in the Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh.
This is your opportunity to have an input into how the club is run so it is important that as many of you attend as possible.
The AGM will be followed by a funny and enjoyable game of bingo, where Colin Mossman will be jiggling his ‘balls’, together with Cheese and Wine, so well worth coming along just for that!
Rayleigh Art Group will again be exhibiting in Rayleigh Library for the month of October.
Members are invited to submit a painting, which should be delivered to the Library at 9.30 on Monday October 2nd 2017 and collected at the same time on Monday October 30th 2017.
If you would like to show a painting, please give your name to Vicki Coppard at the demonstration on September 27th 2017 or preferably give her a call as soon as possible on 01268 781211.
All Rayleigh Art Group members are cordially invited to attend the Southend Art Club Open Day, at their Cottage on Saturday 30th September 2017 commencing at 2:00pm
There will also be a ‘Bring and Buy’ sale which will include second-hand art material and books donated by their members They would like to know numbers for catering purposes, so please contact Colin Mossman, who will keep them advised.
Members are advised that the Rayleigh Art Group Winter Programme starts again with a Workshop on Wednesday 13th September 2017. This will be followed by a Demonstration by Ian Deaves in Watercolour (subject to be advised) on Wednesday 27th September 2017 – a full list will be issued in the near future when it is finalised.
Members are also reminded that Subscriptions are due by the first Demonstration on Wednesday 27th September 2017 and this year will be £26, payable to Rayleigh Art Group. Members can pay Val Belverstone on the Workshop or Demonstration or send a cheque by post.
If you have not already done so please put Wednesday 9th August 2017 in your diary!
Rayleigh Art Group will be holding a Summer Social Event on Wednesday 9th August 2017 at the Anchor Public House, Hullbridge, from 6:00pm onwards.
All members and their guests are invited to come along and enjoy an evening of chatting, painting, or even taking a drink or two with friends and fellow artists.
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.
On Wednesday 26th July 2017 Rayleigh Art Group will be hosting a Workshop at the Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh, commencing at 7:30pm to which all members are invited. An opportunity to exchange views and ideas, whilst painting whatever you choose in whatever medium you like.
Rayleigh Art Group will be holding a Summer Social Event at the Anchor Public House, Hullbridge on Wednesday 9th August 2017, from 6:00pm onwards.
All members and their guests are invited to come along and enjoy an evening of chatting, painting or even drinking, your choice.