August Newsletter


Painting Challenge Day

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Thursday August 8 th at Hutton le Hole for the Painting Challenge Day. (Full details in the letter that accompanied the exhibition mailing). We meet in the NYMNP car park at 10 am, when artists will be given a theme. Do come along and have a go – work is handed in unsigned and doesn’t need to be completely finished. Everyone is welcome at 7 pm in the Mill Suite, when those present will vote for their favourite painting and there is an opportunity to chat about the work and the day over wine, juice and nibbles. Professional artist Vikki Jones will be making constructive comments about the work and sharing with us her interpretation of the subject.


Annual Exhibition

The Exhibition Committee are working hard to ensure the success of this year’s Exhibition. Members can help by having lots of new paintings to exhibit! Key dates/times are: By August 12th - Remember to send your entry form 1 and entry fee to Sue Broughton. Thursday 5th September 10 am – 12 noon Bring in your work and cards, forms and labels; sign up for stewarding and offer help with refreshments. Any queries, phone Lesley on 07792 952926.

Friday 6th September 7pm Preview and vote for Favourite Art Work - All Welcome! Please pass on your Preview Invitations (in your exhibition mailing) to neighbours, friends or anyone you know who may be interested. 10 am Saturday 7th September – 5pm Sunday 15th September –

Exhibition open to the public, please help with stewarding and refreshments if you can. 5-6 pm Sunday 15th September - Please come and collect any unsold work. Your help with this important event is much appreciated!


Outdoor Painting Days

These are a great opportunity to paint outdoors in a variety of surroundings, in the company of like- minded people. Quite a few of us enjoyed the sunshine and variety of subject material on the last day at Goathland.

On Monday, 13th August, we will be meeting in Sinnington where there will be an opportunity to paint the striking interior of the Methodist Church as well as the bridge, river, old cottages and landscapes.

Full details on your OPD sheet.


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 21st August and the theme will be ‘coloured glass’ The 4th Friday afternoon session will also be in the Mill Suite at 2pm on 23rd August and the theme will be ‘Portrait in the style of Picasso’.


November Workshop

There are a couple of places remaining for the one day workshop on Saturday 2 nd November, when Paul Dene Marlor will be showing us how to paint birds and animals in watercolour. £10 deposit to Treasurer Sue Broughton will secure your place (full cost is £30) and a suggested materials list will be provided nearer the time.


Happy painting and thanks to those who pass this newsletter to those without email.


Best wishes, VOPAC Committee

June Newsletter Number 6/2019


Hello members,

We look forward to welcoming Julian Bray to our next monthly meeting on Thursday 13th June. Julian has a contemporary semi abstract style and he will be showing us his approach to painting Yorkshire Buildings in acrylics.


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 7 pm. in the Mill Suite on 19th June and the theme will be ‘Fruit and Veg’. The 4 th Friday afternoon session will also be in the Mill Suite at 2 pm on 28th June and the theme will be ‘Fabric’.


Outdoor Painting Days

There are two Outdoor Painting Days organised for June and we look forward to sharing opportunities to draw and paint together. At 11 am on Friday 7th June we visit Shandy Hall in Coxwold (gardens not open until 11 am) where subjects could include the interesting gardens, the house itself, cottages and landscapes from various points in the village. On Tuesday 18th June we meet at the Pavillion Car Park above Whitby, with its wealth of attractive painting subjects. Please check you Outdoor Painting Day sheet for full information.


Hepworth Trip –

Last Chance This trip is provisionally booked for Thursday 4th July. The cost is £20 and the evening demo on Thursday 13th June will be the last opportunity for any reservations. Unfortunately, there has been very little interest in this trip and if there is not a significant uptake in the next couple of weeks, the trip will be cancelled and deposits refunded. If you are interested please email us as soon as possible.


Painting Challenge Day

We will be painting in Hutton le Hole this year, between 10am and 4 pm on Thursday 8th August. Members will be given a theme on the day and professional artist and tutor Vikki Jones will be sharing with us her version of the subject as well as reviewing everyone’s work in the evening. All are welcome to the evening meeting when we’ll vote for our favourite painting to choose the winner and enjoy a glass of wine/fruit juice together. Full information will be in the exhibition mailing at the end of the month. If you would like a lift to Hutton, please contact a committee member.


Ryedale Artists Database

Dalby Forest is in the process of organising an Arts Conference this summer and Layla Khoo is compiling a database of all Ryedale based artists who would like to be kept informed of arts-based events in, or organised in collaboration with, Dalby Forest. If you would like to be included on this database and be kept informed of future events and opportunities (including the forthcoming Arts Conference), please supply the following details to khoolayla@gmail.com : First Name, Surname, Address, Email, Telephone, Website / Social Media, Medium / Nature of work


Happy painting and thanks to those who pass this newsletter to those without email.


Best wishes, VOPAC Committee

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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 

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

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

September Newsletter Number 9/2019

Hello members,


Annual Exhibition

Lesley and the Exhibition Committee are working hard to ensure the success of this year’s Exhibition and your help with this important event is much appreciated. Hopefully you have already sent your Form 1 and entry fee to Sue Broughton. Please give the Preview invitations in your Exhibition Mailing to friends, relatives and neighbours who may be interested. Handing in Morning is on Thursday 5th September 10 am – 12 noon - Please bring in your work and cards, forms and labels; sign up for stewarding and offer help with refreshments. Preview Evening is at 7 pm on Friday 6th Everyone is Welcome! There will be wine, juice and nibbles and you’ll have a chance to vote for your favourite art work.

The Exhibition will be formally opened by a representative from Dementia Forward, the charity we are supporting this year. Dementia Forward run sessions at the Memorial Hall to help local people and their carers who are living with dementia. Amanda Pickles has very generously donated a framed painting for which raffle tickets can be purchased in aid of Vale of Pickering Art Club funds. The Exhibition is open to the public from 10 am Saturday 7th September to 5.00 pm Sunday 15th September.

Please help with stewarding and refreshments if you can.

Collection of Unsold Work is between 5 and 6 pm on Sunday 15th September. Please come promptly to collect your unsold work.


Painting Challenge Day

15 members painted in the sunshine in Hutton le Hole and rather more enjoyed Vikki Jones’s input at the evening review. 14 pieces of work were handed in and the vote for the favourite picture resulted in the prize being shared by Renee Clark and Diana Smith.


Outdoor Painting Days

These are a great opportunity to paint outdoors in a variety of surroundings, in the company of like-minded people. In August, quite a few of us enjoyed the sunshine and peaceful surroundings of Sinnington, where the hospitality provided at the Methodist Chapel by Rev Brian Shackleton and his wife was much appreciated.

On Wednesday 18th September we meet in Malton Market Place, for the last OPD of the season. Full details on your OPD sheet.


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 7.00 pm in the Mill Suite on September 18th and the theme will be ‘Harvest’ – fruit, flowers vegetables! The 4th Friday afternoon session will also be in the Beckett Room at 2.00 pm on 27th September and the theme will be a ‘design an autumnal fabric ’.


November Workshop

There are still a few places 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.

Please see his inspirational work at https://www.pauldenemarlor.com/gallery?lightbox=dataItem-irqcitnf2


Looking forward to seeing you at the Exhibition!


Best wishes, VOPAC Committee