March Newsletter Number 2/2020

Dear Club Member,

We’d like to welcome all new members to the club, and all who have renewed their membership this year. If you still need to renew, please get in touch or re-join at the next demonstration.

On Thursday 12th March 7-9pm in the Memorial Hall, we will welcome Richard Pottas, who will show us how he uses latex resist and watercolour to create some wonderful effects in his loose and colourful paintings of The Languedoc.


We have a wonderful opportunity to learn how Heather Burton uses palette knives for painting in an acrylic workshop on Saturday 4th March from 10.30am in the Memorial Hall. The cost is just £35 for the day, including refreshments, but you need to bring your own lunch. Heather is a very talented artist and tutor, we are lucky to have her to ourselves for the day. Contact Sue Broughton at the email below to sign up or find out more.

This year we have a collaboration with club members Brian and Sally Tozer, who run ceramic workshops at their Studio in Newbridge, Pickering. The first ‘taster’ workshop is to be held on Thursday 26th March where we will be exploring and making slab pots. The fee is £15 for the day starting at 10.30am. Places are very limited, but if you are interested do get in touch as we may be able to arrange a date for another workshop.

Calendar Competition –

Thank you to those who have submitted photos of their work already. If you wish to join in, you have until the June demonstration evening (Thursday 11th June) to do so. Voting for the images to be printed in the calendar will take place at the July 9th demonstration evening, so we can be ready for displaying and selling our printed calendars at the exhibition in September. Any queries, contact Lesley on 07792 952926.

Please find attached a list of demonstrations and events for the coming season, along with a list of the Outdoor Painting days. We hope many of you will join us on these days as they are very informal and enjoyable. (These sheets are handy to keep by your calendar.) If you need a printed version of them, please phone or ask at the next demonstration evening.

Remember the 4th Friday group meets this Friday (28th February) 2pm – 4pm in The Beckett Room at the Memorial Hall, £4 entry. The subject is ‘Chocolate’ email –

As ever, our thanks to those who pass on this information to club members without email.

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 ( , 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

Best wishes, VOPAC Committee 

Founded 1978

Newsletter 3/20 April 2020

Dear Club Member,

These are difficult times, but we hope you are all managing to keep well. As you know, we have had to cancel for the foreseeable future all club meetings – Demonstration evenings, Outdoor Painting Days, Practical Sessions and Workshops. As soon as the situation changes, we will be in touch.

In the meantime we have plenty of opportunities for painting at home, so we hope that many of you will be able to paint a local scene or subject for the Club Calendar Competition. If you wish to join in, you have until Thursday 11th June to do so. Entries should be submitted as JPEG photos to Thank you to those who have submitted their work already. Any queries, contact Lesley on 07792 952926.

If you are a member of the SAA (Society for All Artists) don’t forget they have many inspirational ‘videos on demand’ to help keep you going artistically. Alternatively there are thousands of brilliant step-by-step videos on how to paint in just about any style, medium or subject on You Tube. Keep busy and keep painting.

If we manage to run the exhibition in September, we should have more than ever, amazing works of art to celebrate!

Take care and Best Wishes from your 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