Sunday, 24 April 2016

Visit to an SAA Open Day

Lin and I set off early on Wednesday morning for our trip to Newark and an Open Day with the SAA. After a fairly straight forward journey down we were welcomed with a coffee, biscuits and a goody bag.

There were around 100 people there but divided into four groups for the various activities. First of all our group had a tour around the building, seeing where the telephone orders came in and how they track calls to make sure you are not kept hanging on the phone. Then onto the warehouse where all the stock is kept and where the orders are packed.

Marianne messing around with the packing materials

It was then onto the shop where new products were being demonstrated and various items from the current months promotion were on offer.

Lunch followed and a chance to sit and chat with other visitors, some from as far afield as Glasgow and London. Then it was back into a workshop with Jeremy Ford who demonstrated a sunset in pastel for us to copy. Reasonably presentable pictures were produced.

Finally we had a look around the Art Challenge Exhibition of around 32,200 small pictures on trading cards. It was magnificent and really mind blowing!

Lin with some of the 32,200 pictures on display

The SAA is awaiting confirmation that they do in fact have the world record. They had even catalogued each picture so that you could locate your own.

Marianne's contribution - Figs on board 57, Row C, Number 1
Then it was time for a final farewell and the drive home. If anyone is thinking of going along Lin and I would really recommend it. There was no pressure to buy anything just a very big welcome from all the SAA owners and staff.

Just go onto the SAA web site and look for Open Days and book your tickets.

Friday, 1 April 2016

Looking forward to Spring

Newton-on-Ouse Art Group are preparing to hold their 52nd annual exhibition of original artworks, prints, and cards on Saturday 30th April, Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd May from 10am to 4pm each day.

Judith Hartup, a resident of the village and a member of the group, will be showing her botanical and watercolour pictures. Judith’s work is inspired by nature and her work includes plants, insects, birds and other creatures.  She is currently studying sea creatures for her new project entitled ‘the world under the sea’.

Judith explained that her botanical work is often painted on manuscript vellum using a magnifying glss to pick out the fine detail. The vellum is prepared by sticking it to a board covered with white paper to prevent bending and then treated with pumice powder before it is ready to paint on. She finds it is worth the effort as the advantage of painting on vellum with watercolour is that it can achieve fine detail and colour ranging from subtle to very rich.

Shaggy Parasol
Judith says “Painting natural subjects really develops your observation of how amazing and varied natural subjects grow and develop.”

Barn Owl
The exhibition includes original framed work including, watercolour, pastels, oils and collage. Also for sale are prints and cards with prices to suit everyone.

For the first time this year the group are introducing ‘The Little Picture Show’, a range of small mounted original paintings priced at £20, a variety of frames will be available for visitors to purchase separately.

Admission is free and all are welcome to come and enjoy the variety and colour of our exhibition. This year light  refreshments will be available throughout the exhibition.