Rayleigh Art Group Fish/Chicken & Chips Supper and Quiz Night

If you haven’t already booked your tickets for the annual Rayleigh Art Group (RAG) Fish/Chicken & Chips Supper and Quiz Night, then now is the time to do so. This event is as usual in the Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh and all members and their guests are very welcome.The quiz will start at 7.30pm sharp on Wednesday 28th March 2018 so please get there a little bit earlier.

There is a charge of £7.00 a head and tickets are available from Val Belverstone  and you should contact her as soon as possible as the food order has to go in very soon. Tea and coffee will be available but please feel free to bring your drinks of choice.

Please be advised that your normal quiz master is indisposed and therefore there is a change of quiz master and as such the questions could be easier or harder, but whichever, we are sure you will have an enjoyable evening amongst friends.

  On behalf of the RAG Committee.

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‘Owls After Dark’

Following his visit last year, Liam McFalcon would like to thank Rayleigh Art Group members for supporting him during the difficult start-up period of his business. He would now like to offer Rayleigh Art Group members a discounted rate for his first Essex-based event.

‘Owls After Dark’ takes place at the Beechwood Equestrian Centre in Rettendon on the 13th February. Featuring two Owl demonstrations with special lighting effects and a classical musical accompaniment, plus a soup and roll supper and a sweet treat. It also includes the chance to hold an Owl and take home a framed photograph of your experience. Please find attached a picture of his leaflet for more information. A5 [PRINTJPG]

Tickets are normally £30 per person but he would like to offer you £20 a ticket for a minimum of six tickets to thank our members for their support. Please contact Colin Mossman to indicate your interest.

2017’s RAG Christmas Party

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.RAG 1

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.

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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 recoveryRAG 3.

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.

Rayleigh Art Group – Christmas Party

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.

Southend Art Club Open Day

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.

Summer Social Event

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.

Workshop and Social Event

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.

PAINTING IN PAULINE’S GARDEN

Firstly, how very kind of Pauline and Stuart to invite us to paint in their beautiful garden this summer. Obviously they booked the weather for us too when they set the date as we couldn’t have had a nicer evening to paint in.

Pauline's Garden2From 5.30p.m. onwards on Wednesday 14th June 2017,  people arrived from the Rayleigh Art Group to enjoy the evening of chat, painting and supping a lovely cuppa with home made cakes. We are very lucky that we have such a first class baker amongst us, so courtesy of Val we had the choice of Coffee and Walnut cake, Lemon Drizzle cake or Victoria Sponge cake. Thank you very much Val for catering for our needs, it was enjoyed by all.

What a beautiful garden Pauline has, there are flowers in abundance in every which way you turn, just too many to choose from but some of us took lots of photos too so we can work our way through them throughout the rest of the year. Stuart must have been working really hard to make the garden so spectacular, most of us came home and thought we should maybe spend tomorrow gardening!

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Many thanks to both Pauline and Stuart for letting us share their evening, garden and hospitality.

Report and photos courtesy of Cathy Newton

Outdoor Painting – Wednesday 14th June 2017

Just a quick reminder that Rayleigh Art Group will be meeting in Pauline Grove’s Garden on the evening of Wednesday 14th June 2017 at 5:30pm.

For those who need it Pauline’s address is: Catkins, Rayleigh Downs Road, Rayleigh SS6 7LR (just over the bridge on right hand side)

This is an opportunity to paint in Pauline’s garden commencing at 5:30pm, whilst at the same time to sit and chat with friends, so why not come along and spend an enjoyable few hours – the weather forecast is looking good.

2017’s AT HOME

Can you believe that yet another year has come around and we have now hosted the 2017’s ‘At Home’?

As usual we held this social evening in The Todman Centre in Castle Road, a lovely venue with plenty of room, seating and kitchen area for all the naughty but nice food that is brought in by everyone. Unfortunately not supported by as many members as in the past few years but enough of us to have a really good social chatty evening nevertheless.

We had a very nice young man called Liam come along to our group and give us a talk on birds of prey. He brought with him three birds, all of which he got out in turn to show us and talk about each and every one of them. The information he gave us was all very interesting and going back as far as Henry Vlll’s time.

The first bird to be introduced to us was a Hybrid Peregrine Falcon who perched perfectly on Liam’s arm whilst he told us all about her. The interesting thing was that in the wild she would probably only live around 4 years and but in captivity she will probably make 20. 2017-05-03 20.39.24

Next up was the beautiful Barn Owl, this was a lovely bird who didn’t sit quite so still for us but nevertheless was very well behaved. Again this bird was bred in captivity so was also going to have a lovely long life.2017-05-03 20.51.56

Lastly was a Kestrel, very squawky in the cage but even worse when out and on Liam’s arm. She too was bred in captivity but would possibly not live quite so long as the other two birds.

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Liam explained that he had recently started up this business with a friend and now had 11 birds in aviaries in the garden. He exercises the birds every day come rain or shine and in my view they are very lucky birds to have come into his care.

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During the evening we had the chance to view all the entries for the Best Picture of the Year  and so after plenty of chatting, a little eating and drinking Brian Coppard presented the yearly Clock Trophy to Christine Dobson for the picture ‘A Frayed Knot’. Brilliant picture, well done Christine.IMG_0395 1

For those of you who attended, we hope you enjoyed your evening and for those of you who didn’t come, you missed a really nice evening. We hope to see you all next time.

Report and photos courtesy of Cathy Newton