Vale of Pickering Art Club May Newsletter 5/201


Hello members,


We look forward to welcoming Jane Austin to our next watercolour demonstration on Thursday 9th May. Jane will be showing us how to paint white roses in her lovely fluid style.


Practical Sessions

£3 each, open to all, these informal gatherings get you practising art and meeting others. The 3rd Wednesday will be held in the Mill Suite as usual, from 7 to 9pm on the 15th May. The practical subject will be ‘Yellow’, or you may wish to use your imagination and paint along to a Haiku!


The 4th Friday session, on the /4th May from 2 to 4pm, also in the Mill Suite, will be ‘View from the window’, or likewise, try an imaginative work, or follow your own project.


Outdoor Painting days

After our first successful day at The Merchant Adventurer’s Hall in York, we look forward to seeing you in Helmsley for a leisurely look at this lovely market town. Many subjects to paint or draw, castle, shops, people, walled garden (entry fee) plus lots of cafes for refreshments. Meet in the Cleveland Way car park at 10am on Thursday 04th May.


Hepworth Trip

This promises to be a stimulating day, with many sculptures from the gallery’s permanent collection, as well as work from visiting artists for the prestigious Yorkshire International Exhibition of Sculpture. Cafe, riverside gardens and an inclusive atmosphere where you can also draw and sketch. Thursday 4th July.

Details on the website, at the demonstration evenings or by contacting Lesley. £20 with a £10 deposit. If you are interested in going on this trip, please let us know, at the next demo, or as soon as possible so we can arrange the most appropriate size coach. Thank you.


Annual Exhibition

We have several new initiatives for this year. There will be a club browser available for mounted unframed original work to be displayed throughout the exhibition 50 pence per entry. Those who wish to book a space for their own browser can do so for £5 . The usual 25% commission will be taken on sales. There will also be provision for card sales throughout the exhibition with no entry fee but again 25% commission on sales. We are applying a small increase in the entry fee for artworks to be displayed, from £2 to £2.50 per item. The entry cost has not risen for a number of years, but unfortunately costs have. The cafe will be used this year to support club funds. This change reflects and addresses concerns raised at the AGM. There will also be a charity donation box. Last year made a small loss and we sometimes have to make difficult decisions on members’ behalf. This is always under review, and anyone with genuine concerns can approach the treasurer for a breakdown if they so wish, happy to help. All detailed information will be included on your exhibition mailing, sent out at the end of June.


Please contact a committee member if you have any queries in the meantime.


Happy Painting, and thanks to those who pass on this information to others.


Best Wishes,


VOPAC Committee

January Newsletter Number 1/2019

Hello members,


Lots of artistic opportunities lined up for you this year. These include: a new programme of Outdoor Painting Days; demos covering many types of media; our spring and autumn workshops and a coach trip to the Hepworth at Wakefield, in early July. Plus, there is, of course, the annual exhibition in September.


Firstly, the Practical evening is on January 10th, at 7pm in the Whistler Hall. You can bring your own materials or use the clubs' stock to experiment with, perhaps, a medium that is new to you. Following on from the success of the November demo night, some printing materials will also be available. Don’t forget the Anthology Cover competition for Castle Writers Group; closing date 16 th January.


The AGM is on 14th February in the Whistler Hall at 7.00pm.

Please come along to support your committee. New committee members and club helpers are needed and are always made welcome. We'd love to have some new ideas about running your club.

Following the AGM, we have a return visit from Jennifer Tetlow, (Lastingham stone sculptor) Jennifer will give us a presentation on the process of sculpting. For those of you who missed her last time, Jennifer is a very entertaining and engaging speaker and creates the most wonderful sculptures in her 'Goose shed' in Lastingham.

Check out her work at http://jennifertetlow.co.uk/sculpture.


Please don’t forget the Easter exhibition of work from the Middleton church painting day. You can still go along to St Andrews at any time if you wish to take part.


Practical Sessions

The Wednesday session will be held at 7pm in the Mill suite on 16 January. The theme is “drawing people and each other”. This is an informal group which meets to draw and paint with like minded members. There is a small charge of £3 which includes refreshments. Any member is welcome to come along.


The Fourth Friday group will meet on 24 January at 2pm in the Beckett Room. The theme is “winter”. This is also an informal afternoon group which is run on the same lines as the evening session. Please come along and join in. Dates for your diary

The Spring workshop is Dave Jeffery “Acrylics and mixed media”, on 6 April (bookings being taken now).


Lastly For those who offered to pass these newsletters on to fellow members without email, please remember to do so. If any further information is needed, please reply to this newsletter or contact Lesley 01751 477109.


The committee wishes you a very Happy New year.

VOPAC Committee 

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March Newsletter no 3/2019

Hello members,

Our next monthly meeting on 14th March is a demonstration of Palette Knife Acrylics by dynamic and inspirational artist Heather Burton. This promises to be an interesting evening and we look forward to seeing you. See her work at http://heatherburtonyorkshireartist.co.uk/


The new Membership Cards and Outdoor Painting Day sheets for 2019 will be available at this meeting for those who have already sent in their 2019 subscription. If you haven’t sent yours yet, now is the time!


We are now able to confirm that the first Outdoor Painting Day, to The Merchant Adventurer’s Hall in York, on Thursday 25th April, is confirmed and we have a reduced group admission of £5.


There are still some places left for the ‘Acrylic based mixed media’ Workshop, on Saturday April 6th , 10 am to 4pm, £30. Dave Jeffery is an experienced tutor and will be sending us an equipment list shortly; the club will be making available acrylic paints and any other materials we have that are on the list. If you are interested and won’t be at the March meeting, please contact us via the club email at the bottom of this newsletter. See Dave’s work at http://www.davejefferyartist.co.uk/


We have only just been informed that the Middleton Church Open Day planned for Easter has been cancelled. Apologies to those who were preparing pictures for this.


Practical Sessions

These are informal groups, £3 per session, including refreshments. Everyone is welcome to come and join in. The Wednesday Practical is at 7pm in the Mill Suite on 20th March and the theme will be footwear. The Friday Practical will be held in the Mill Suite for the next few months. The next one is at 2pm on 22nd March and the theme will be spring flowers.


The club now has a card reader in order to take payments by card. If you wish to pay by this method for memberships, workshops, or trips you should now be able to do so.


The trip to the Hepworth Gallery will be on Thursday 4th July. The cost is £20 and reservations can be made with £10 deposit at the March meeting. Alternatively, please email us at the address below or contact a committee member to reserve your place.


The web site is being updated with examples of members’ work. If you would like to have yours displayed please send jpeg photos to Chris Pearson on epsicon@aol.com


We are grateful to those who have undertaken to pass on VOPAC newsletters to members without email.


VOPAC Committee 

APRIL 2019 NEWSLETTER


We look forward to seeing you at our next monthly meeting on 11th April, a demonstration by experienced and personable East Riding artist Mary Wells. Using her favourite medium, pastels, she will be sharing with us her techniques for portraying Ballet Dancers. Mary is a talented and confident demonstrator so this should be an inspiring evening.


Outdoor Painting Day

Our first Outdoor painting Day will be on Thursday 25th April, when we visit the Merchant Adventurer’s Hall in York. We have reduced group admission of £5 per person and participants will need to travel by bus/train from Malton or find suitable parking in York.


April Workshop

Dave Jeffery is tutoring the Watercolour and Acrylic mixed media workshop on Saturday 6th April. An equipment list was sent out last month, but please don’t worry if you are not in possession of all the suggested items as the club will be making materials available. You will need to bring a packed lunch, watercolour paper and any sketches or photographs you would like to work from, although Dave will be bringing copies of his demonstration picture (Whitby East Pier) if you prefer to use that. Please also bring some means of paying the £20 balance of the cost – cheque, cash, or the card reader will be available.


Practical Sessions

These are informal groups, £3 per session, including refreshments. Everyone is welcome to come and join in. The Wednesday Practical is at 7pm in the Mill Suite on 17th April the theme will be people and hats. The Friday Practical will be held in the Mill Suite at 2pm on 26th April and the themes will be Easter and gardening.


The trip to the Hepworth Gallery will be on Thursday 4th July. The cost is £20 and reservations can be made with £10 deposit at the monthly Thursday evening meetings. Alternatively, please email us at the address below or contact a committee member to reserve your place.


The web site is being updated with examples of members’ work. If you would like to have yours displayed please send jpeg photos to Chris Pearson on epsicon@aol.com


We are grateful to those who have undertaken to pass on VOPAC newsletters to members without email.


VOPAC Committee 

​February Newsletter Number 2/2019


Hello members,

Firstly, the AGM is on 14th February in the Whistler Hall at 7pm. Please come along to support your committee. New committee members and club helpers are needed and are always made welcome. We particularly have a need for a volunteer to look after tea and coffee duties at meetings. Please speak to a Committee member if you can help in anyway.

You should have received the agenda and a form on which you can make comments, anonymous or otherwise. We would love to have some new ideas about running your club.


Following the AGM, we have a return visit from Jennifer Tetlow, (Lastingham stone sculptor) Jennifer will give us a presentation on the process of sculpting. For those of you who missed her last time, Jennifer is a very entertaining and engaging speaker and creates the most wonderful sculptures in her 'Goose shed' in Lastingham. Check out her work at http://jennifertetlow.co.uk/sculpture.


Practical Sessions The Wednesday session will be held at 7pm in the Mill suite on 20 February. The theme is “boats”. This is an informal group which meets to draw and paint with like minded members. There is a small charge of £3 which includes refreshments. Any member is welcome to come along.


The Fourth Friday group will meet on 22 February at 2pm in the Beckett Room. The theme is “Valentine’s Day”. This is also an informal afternoon group which is run on the same lines as the evening session. Please come along and join in.


Please don’t forget the Easter exhibition of work from the Middleton church painting day. You can still go along to St Andrews at any time if you wish to take part.


Dates for your diary


The Spring workshop is Dave Jeffery “Acrylics and mixed media”, on 6 April (bookings being taken now). The club is also planning a trip to the Hepworth Gallery at Wakefield on Saturday 4 July (bookings now being taken).


Lastly,


The Committee is updating the member’s gallery on the web site. You are invited to submit “Jpeg” photos of any recent work that you would give permission to be displayed there.


The club now has a card reader in order to take payments by card. If you wish to pay for memberships, workshops, or trips, at any of the meetings you should now be able to do so.


For those who offered to pass these newsletters on to fellow members without email, please remember to do so. If any further information is needed, please reply to this newsletter or contact Lesley 01751 477109.


VOPAC Committee ​