November Newsletter Number 11/2019

Hello members,


November 2nd Workshop There is very limited space left on this workshop, so please email/phone us if you are interested, as we cannot promise space without prior notice. Paul Dene Marlor will be helping us to paint animals and birds in watercolour, 10 am to 4pm, £30 with refreshments (but not lunch) provided. Participants have been sent an equipment list, which includes pre-stretched paper. Extra paper will be available to buy and club watercolour materials will be available. Please also bring water pots, kitchen roll, something to protect the table, photos if you have any and lunch. The balance of £20, due on the day, can be paid cash, cheque payable to VOPAC and the card machine will be available.


November Demonstration

We look forward to welcoming enthusiastic Whitby artist Kate Smith on 14th November. Kate has a contemporary style using bright colours, frequently applied using knives as well as brushes. She is will be painting a marine subject with boats in oils. See her work at https://www.katesmithart.co.uk/oils


Your Committee Needs YOU!

Your club cannot run without your help! If you feel able to assist us in any way, with the many events we put on each year, please get in touch. Many thanks to Colin Culley for helping in the short term with setting up the camera for demonstrations. Practical Sessions These are informal groups to get you practising art in the company of other like- minded people, £3 per session, including refreshments. Everyone is welcome to come and join in. The 3 rd Wednesday evening session is at 7pm in the Mill Suite on November 20th and the theme will be Life Drawing. The 4 th Friday afternoon session will be in the Beckett Room at 2pm on November 22nd and the theme will be ‘Explosion’ in any medium.


Membership Renewal 2020

We are updating our club email systems and trying to use less paper, so 2020 Membership Renewal Forms will be sent out by email at the end of the month. This also means that the address for you to contact us will be info@mail.pickeringartclub.co.uk


Number 5 Whitby Road

We have had a request from the Independent Living Facilitator at No. 5 Whitby Road Care Home for some fresh art work to enhance the residents’ experiences at their home. If any of you have any old paintings or other art work that you might consider donating to the home they would be very interested. Paintings could also be given for say, a 6 month loan, then reclaimed, or even put a price on them so visitors have the opportunity to purchase them (as the doctors’ surgery does). Subjects that are particularly sought are; local scenes; people doing hobbies or occupations; flowers or pets, all in bold colours. Indeed anything that may stimulate memories and communication for the residents. Hannah has also asked if there are any members who would like to go along once a month to help residents to have a go at art work themselves. This could be any art, craft or textile activity and may suit a pair of volunteers to go along together. If you are at all interested, please give Lesley a ring on 01751 477109 or email me on lesleyprice@freeola.com, or directly to Hannah on hannah.coulson@northyorks.gov.uk


Best wishes, VOPAC Committee

December2019 + January 2020 Newsletter Number 12/2019


Hello members, With Christmas approaching, we do not have a Thursday evening meeting in December, so the next one is the January Meeting, on Thursday 9th January, when we look forward to a practical session with Sue Slack modelling for us to do Figure Drawing/painting. She’ll do some poses for quick sketches and then a longer sit for a more detailed picture. Please bring your own artist’s materials; club materials will also be available.


February Meeting/AGM

This will take place on Thursday 13th February. Please come along if you can – we do need your views and participation for the club to run successfully! The AGM business will be followed by refreshments including wine and nibbles and then what promises to be a very interesting presentation by David Hanks who is the Northern Collections Manager for English Heritage. He will be giving an illustrated talk about some of the artistic artefacts in the Helmsley Archaeology and Fine Art Store.


Jennifer Tetlow, who gave us a fascinating insight into the way she works at the 2019 AGM,


Membership Renewal 2020

We are updating our club email systems and trying to use less paper, so 2020 Membership Renewal Forms will be sent out shortly by email, with instructions on their completion and return, as well as the option to make an online payment. There is no problem if you prefer to print and send in a paper copy. For those unable to print, some paper forms will be available at the January meeting and the AGM, or please contact Renee Clark or Lesley Price or if you would like one sent out. Members who do not have email will be sent renewal forms in the post.


Practical Sessions

The next 3 rd Wednesday evening sessions are at 7pm in the Mill Suite on December 18th, when the theme will be ‘Christmas’ and January 15th, 2020. There will be no December 4 th Friday afternoon session, so the next one will be in the Beckett Room at 2pm on January 24th and the theme will be ‘Snow scene in the style of The Impressionists’.


Number 5 Whitby Road residential home is still on the lookout for paintings or other art work that you might consider donating to the home, for the enrichment of surroundings for the residents. Paintings could also be given for a limited time and then reclaimed, or have a price on them so visitors have the can purchase them. Four of us will be going along next week to help the residents do some simple painting and we are hoping to make art and craft a regular monthly activity; if you feel able to help, please get in touch with Lesley (lesleyprice@freeola.com , 01751 477109).


The next Newsletter will be sent out at the end of January. In the meantime we wish you all a very happy festive season. The address for you to contact us is info@mail.pickeringartclub.co.uk


Best wishes, VOPAC Committee 

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October Newsletter Number 10/2019


Hello members,

We would like to thank all of you who contributed in any way to the success of the 2019 Exhibition. You produced a huge variety of work and the high standard was commented on by many of the visitors. We made a profit of £386, of which £132 came from the raffle for the painting so kindly donated by Amanda Pickles. As yet we do not have the total of the collection for this year’s charity, Dementia Forward.


October Demonstration

We look forward to welcoming experienced demonstrator Shirley Davis Dew on the 3 rd of October. She is will be showing us how she handles watercolour in rendering trees and their reflections. See her work at http://www.artistsdavisdew.co.uk/page4.htm


November Workshop

There is still one place remaining for Saturday 2nd November. Paul Dene Marlor will be sharing with us his exciting approach to painting animals and birds in watercolour, 10 am to 4pm, £30 with refreshments (but not lunch) provided. Please email/phone us if you are interested. Equipment advice will be emailed to participants shortly. See Paul’s work at https://www.pauldenemarlor.com/gallery?lightbox=dataItem-irqcitnf2


Your Committee Needs YOU! We really need the help of some more members with the organisation and running of the many events we put on each year. If you feel able to help us in any way, please get in touch. We are particularly in need of someone who could come early and take charge of setting up the camera for the 7 demonstrations we have each year.


Outdoor Painting Days

These are a great opportunity to paint outdoors in a variety of surroundings, in the company of like-minded people. They have been well attended this year and we would find it helpful to hear about any venues you would like to be included on the 2020 programme. Please send these to Diana Smith at dvandtw95@gmail.com and do bear in mind that we prefer locations with parking, toilet facilities and refreshments.


Practical Sessions

These are informal groups to get you practising art in the company of other like- minded people, £3 per session, including refreshments. Everyone is welcome to come and join in with the theme of the day or please feel free to bring along something you are working on if you prefer. The 3rd Wednesday evening session is at 7pm in the Mill Suite on October 16th and the theme will be ‘kitchenalia’. The 4th Friday afternoon session will also be in the Beckett Room at 2pm on 25 th October and the theme will be ‘Halloween in a Pointillist Style’.


Thanks to those who have undertaken to pass on this newsletter to members without email. Best wishes,


VOPAC Committee

February Newsletter Number 1/2020


Hello Members,

Welcome to a new season of artistic endeavours. We have a full programme of evening demonstrations, practicals, outdoor painting days and workshops for you to participate in, and of course, the annual exhibition in September. As you probably know, our February meeting starts off with the Annual General Meeting. Following the formal meeting, there will be time to chat to other members with wine and nibbles, ready for the second part of the evening. This year we have a presentation by David Hanks, Northern Area Arts Manager for English Heritage. He will be talking to us about the many artistic and archaeological items that are stored in their archive in Helmsley. A visit by the club to this store may be arranged for the future, so come along and see what it’s all about.


Situations Vacant:

We have several non-committee tasks that would be very helpful to fill on a more regular basis. If you feel you could take on any of these, with a friend if you like, please talk to any committee member or ring Lesley on 07792 952926. Hall preparation – this would involve arriving by 6.30pm to set out the chairs and tables ready for the demonstrations. 2 people needed. Only takes 10 -15 minutes.


Refreshments assistants –

Ideally 2 people to take it in turns to help Lynette serve the teas and coffees during demonstrations. 15 minutes.


Camera operators –

Any technophiles out there would be very welcome to help set up the camera and projector at each demonstration!


Poster distributors –

If you could put up our monthly demonstration posters in your neighbourhood eg. in the centres of Pickering, Kirkbymoorside, Malton, Helmsley or any village halls, that would be very helpful. You only need to do 1 or 2 in your own area, so the more volunteers the better.


Committee members –

New members are very much needed, especially for booking events for the following year, though other duties are available. Please call if you would like to discuss anything, or just jump right in and join us at the AGM!


APRIL WORKSHOP Saturday 4th 10am to 4pm. Heather Burton -

Palette Knife Techniques in Acrylic You may remember Heather from her fabulous demo last year. She will be showing us how to do it in April. £35 for the day, please book soon to avoid disappointment.


Club Calendar –

This year’s new venture.  A competition to get your painting in a wall calendar, printed for next year. It will have all the demonstration dates in print, so you’ll never forget a demo again. Details to follow at the AGM.


PS. Printed membership forms will be available at the AGM


Next Practicals: 4th Friday 24th January in the Beckett Room – ‘Snow scene in the style of the impressionists’ & Wednesday 19th February 7-9pm Mill Suite


All details on www.pickeringartclub.co.uk