Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Cindy Yaxley, club member profile

Cindy Yaxley

Cindy studied art at A Level and at college, but then turned to the world of education, where she recently retired as a Special Needs teacher. ‘Painting sort of sat on the back burner for a good while’, she says.
20 years ago (sic) she picked up her brushes again, but this time it was to paint in watercolours. Cindy particularly enjoys painting buildings (the more ‘distressed’ the better) and boats. In recent years she has begun painting watercolour miniatures of local scenes. Based in Hambleton, Cindy is chair of Selby Art Society, at whose exhibitions she regularly exhibits.

Remember to click on the pictures for a larger view

Selby District

The finished Piece

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Silk Painting with May Townsend

This week visiting Artist was May Townsend who gave us a demonstration and workshop of the Art of Silk Painting, a medium that she stated was addictive to which one member asked, "Is that because the paint's have alcohol in them"
We also welcomed back David and his unique wit after his recent succesful operation.

Well the demo certainly went well as the below pictures prove.
Remember to click on them to get a close up.

Acrylic finished painting from a previous week.

Display showing the staged process of Silk Painting

Adding a sprinkle of salt

Monday, 16 April 2012

Art Exhibition and Olympic Torch relay

June 5th,

The Art Club is looking forward to staging an outdoor Exhibition along the Terrace of The Hall, on June 5th weather permitting, in celebration of The Queen's Jubilee.
An outdoor exhibition is something we have discussed many times but never had a suitable occasion on which to try it.

The Jubilee however is perfect. Ideally we need a beautifully warm, sunny, summers day but, if we are showered with liquid sunshine, contingency plans are in hand and rain will not spoil the day.

The Art Club is 21 years old, so the exhibition is a dual celebration of our birthday and The Queen's Jubilee.
Looking back the club has covered a lot of ground since its inception. It began with four friends painting together once a month in each others houses, soon other people joined us and a small class was formed 21 years ago with Carole Hill as tutor. A year later , Carole moved to Derbyshire , where she has established herself as a prominent and well known artist..
The club continued to grow with the help of a number of tutors and demonstrators. We held a few early exhibitions in both the Church and the Church Hall and displayed our work for various events and charities further afield.
The more brave and successful we became the more we stretched our wings !
Painting expeditions to local gardens and scenic villages , members regularly attending courses, enjoying painting holidays, exhibiting throughout Yorkshire and on the internet.
This year we started a blog (you are reading it) and to our amazement as I write we have had nearly 700 visitors some afar afield as America, Germany, Russia, Colombia, Australia, Eire and Latvia.
Here is the current list and locations of our visitors.

United Kingdom 479
United States 104
Russia 47
Germany 13
Ukraine 13
Ireland 11
Latvia 4
Portugal 2
Colombia 1
Spain 1
Australia 1

Membership is kept at Thirty five and at present we have a waiting list of nine.
Of the "original fab four" sadly two have passed away , one moved to live near her daughter and the other is still a member who will be 90 years old in May. Happy Birthday.

A number of our members are busy preparing large Olympic Rings stylised with symbols of the various games and painting two huge Olympic Symbols (about 8ft x 4ft) for either end of the village as a welcome for the torch on the 19th June, to Monk Fryston.

The 5th June will be a "FUN DAY FOR ALL" and we are looking forward to joining forces with Monk Fryston Hall making the day a festival in which everyone can enjoy and take part. Games and competitions on the lawns, stalls and afternoon teas and a 21st Birthday Exhibition.
A chance to see the new garden landscaping and a walk in the extensive grounds.

All members of the Art Club hope you will be there.

Jean Dearn. Club President.

April 16th Free Painting.

Great to get back to it after the Easter break and now the suns out a bit more often and the days getting longer there seems to be a sunnier atmotsphere.

Club President Jean gave us an update on the Olympic Art that will grace the village on June 19th, (more of that above) and our own exhibition at Monk Fryston Hall on June 5th.

Onto the pictures.

Finished painting, see previous weeks for development. For sale

Ginger biscuit optional !