FEBRUARY 2018 NEWSLETTER

MALCOLM LAURIE MEMORIAL EVENING ON TUESDAY 13h MARCH 2018.

This is not just a  Challenge but a pleasant social evening with snacks and drinks supplied and magnificent drawings on display. You are cordially invited to come along, even if you have not entered a drawing and you can also vote for your favourite in each category.

The three subjects this year are Animal, Vegetable and Mineral which must be drawings in Monochrome and may be carried out in pencil, ink or charcoal. Members may enter one drawing for each subject and should not indicate the identity of the Artist on the front.(write name on back) The drawings must be mounted but not framed and due to showing space limited in size to 20 inches by 16 inches including mount.

A separate subject is the Catalogue Front Cover. This may be drawn or painted in colour  but not Computer generated or produced using Letraset, Transfers or Painting by Numbers Format.

The cover picture must be A4 size and the winning Picture will be reduced to A5 size by the Printer. No writing will be applied by the artist this will be done by the printer however the artist will advise the Printer on Colour and the placing of the Words.

Please bring your entries in good time (before 19.30).

The drawings must not have been shown previously at local Exhibitions or the Gallery and must not infringe copyright. The winners receive a prize in each category and the winner of the Catalogue Cover Competition will have a trophy to keep for the year and a prize.

LINO PRINTING WORKSHOP WITH TOWER STREET PRINT PROJECT

SATURDAY 7th APRIL 2018 at The Conservative Club (upstairs) 10.00am until 1.00 pm. The FEE of £16  includes free tea/coffee and all materials.

No experience necessary

Booking – telephone Yvonne 01394 276975 to book and receive details of where to send cheque (payable to Felixstowe Art Group)           Limited spaces available

BENT  HILL GALLERY

The next changeover date is Monday February 26th  NOT as in the Programme. The changeover date after that has also had to be changed to 9th April  . Please bring your works as usual along with the entry form and do not enter pictures late.

NEW YEARS PARTY AT THE CONSERVATIVE CLUB TUESDAY 9th JANUARY 2018

We had a surprise this year as we found the Car Park closed, however everybody found somewhere to park and a good time was had by all. To start we had a Pictionary quiz organised by Carole with prizes awarded to the winning team. The display of food brought by those present was again magnificent and the wine was organised by Chris Robinson and the soft drinks by Vanessa. The food and drink went down very well. The singing with backing tracks, by Steve Littlejohn followed and the majority of people took to the floor to dance and had a really enjoyable evening.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING TUESDAY 24th APRIL 2018

Please let me know if you wish to be nominated for the Committee or have a resolution to be discussed, at least 21 days before the meeting. Please contact Geoff, the Group, Secretary Tel 01394 448816. or by email as at the bottom of the page, in good time.

COMING SOON

  • On 13th February Michelle Parsons will return and we will have fun with clay (give it a try)
  • On 27th February Chris Parfitt will give an illustrated talk. In Search Of The Northern Lights

Getting To Know The Committee(No.2):
Morag Skipper Design and Gallery Assistance

Born and educated in Orpington but 42 years a Suffolk girl who’s never lost touch with her Celtic roots.

I’ve worked as a graphic designer in London Ad agencies in the 60’s,with major accounts including Asprey,Grants of St James, Caterpillar & St Ivel.

After moving to Suffolk in 1976 I’ve been a Pig Farmer, Wine bar partner, (where I designed the Award Winning 1983 Gilbey Vintners wine list of the year.) landlady, maker of game pies & pates for a deli in Diss, Tea Room manager, And throughout all Graphic design was an occupation and mainstay.

I’m mum to two daughters, one of whom lives in Ipswich and the older lives in Istanbul with her family including my three grandchildren.

I moved to Felixstowe in 2013 and joined the art group a year later. My role on the committee to assist Colin at the gallery & Seafarers,but I also offered my graphic design experience to support the gallery refurbishment and the new window & A-board designs.

I spend any spare time happily gazing out to sea from my lounge window,sunning myself on my balcony(when possible) and trying to decide what exactly my Artistic Style is.

OPPORTUNITY TO EXHIBIT AT FELIXSTOWE FERRY SAILING CLUB

The sailing Club are holding a one day sale of paintings  on Saturday 31st of March. It is £15 to book a table and no commission is taken by the sailng club. Contact  Sheila Denny on 07714458779 or email smdenny@yahoo.com for more information.

THURSDAY PAINTING AT THE CONSERVATIVE CLUB

If you wish to paint or paint and socialise and sometimes have magnificent cakes to go with the tea and biscuits, please come along you will be very welcome. We meet upstairs at the Conservative Club every Thursday at 1 pm and usually finish between 3 and 3.30 pm. To help cover hall hire etc. we charge £2 per session or £16 for 10 sessions.

We welcome all abilities and if you wish you can obtain friendly advice on your painting or drawing.

ANNUAL LUNCH

This is planned for Tuesday 17th April at Felixstowe Golf Club. Details of menu and price will be out shortly.  

COACH TRIPS

Following successful Trips to Norwich, Cambridge, London,  Greenwich and Bury St. Edmunds we are now planning a return trip to Cambridge during April where an extended Kettles Yard  is well worth a visit. This will be on Wednesday 16th May and will be on a luxury Coach with facilities at the very low price of £12. It will leave at 9 am and return at 5.30pm.Book with Vanessa on  01394 272595  or Geoff as below.

OBITUARY

Sadly Michael Akehurst one of our members died suddenly on January 5th.. Those who went on our Bury trip might remember him as our knowledgeable guide to the town  or have seen him doing his duty periods in the Gallery. He was a real gentleman and our thoughts are with his wife Tricia and family.

ART ON THE PROM 

Volunteer required to organise stand for FAG Call Yvonne on 01394 276975 by 9th February for details

JOINING OUR GROUP

If you know of someone who wants to join our Group please get them to contact our Membership Secretary,  Tel 01394 285034.

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If members wish to contribute to the Newsletter please contact me by phone on 01394 448816 or email at: geoff.breydon@btinternet.com  

 Geoff Christian,   Group Secretary

NOVEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER

Acrylic workshop with popular artist Lois Cordelia

Saturday 24th February 2018 at The Conservative Club (upstairs) 10.00am until 3.30pm             Fee £22

Please bring the following items

  • Acrylic brushes and paints
  • A3 mountboard (any colour) x 2 (available from any art shop or Peirots in Felixstowe)
  • Easel (if you have one) Water pot, paper kitchen towel
  • Picture/image that inspires you (any subject)
  • Packed lunch. Free tea/coffee available throughout the day

Booking – telephone Yvonne 01394 276975 to book and receive details of where to send cheque (payable to Felixstowe Art Group) Limited spaces available.

COMING VERY SOON IN OUR PROGRAMME

On Tuesday November 28th Nick Carter will give a Presentation: Nuts and Bolts of Drawing and Painting. Nick is a well known Professional Artist based on the Shotley Peninsula.

Then on Tuesday December 12th Chris Cushing (one of our Members) will give an illustrated talk entitled Pots and Frocks, The World of Grayson Perry.

Getting To Know The Committee ( Vice Chairman and Galleries Manager)

My name is Colin Millar. With my wife and three children (now all married), I have enjoyed living in Felixstowe for over 30 years. I joined the Art Group about 5 years ago, after retirement from BT Martlesham reawakened an old interest in painting and drawing. My other interests are Ipswich Town FC, travel and Mx5 sports cars. I am the Vice-Chairperson, a role which does not involve much work, but I also run the day-to-day business of Bent Hill Gallery, facilitating exhibitions and sales and generally looking after the premises. We also have a small exhibition/sales space at the Seafarer’s Centre at Felixstowe Docks. I am helped immensely in these tasks by fellow Committee Members.

My “artistic bent” is rather eclectic – I do not have a distinct style or medium, but favour painting large canvases in oils; nudes, portraits and landscapes preferred. Watercolours never get an outing (too difficult!), but I enjoy pencil drawing, particularly portraits. Favourite artists? – mid-life Kandinsky, Van Gogh, Fergusson and Tipple!

Any questions (especially about the Galleries) – please contact me on 01394 282312 or colin.millar1@gmail.com

 Membership Numbers

We are please to note we currently have 133 Members plus 4 Honorary ones .

 COAH TRIPS

We are planning to arrange a Coach trip to Cambridge in the Spring and London in the Autumn.

Bent Hill Gallery

The next changeover date is Monday 27th November and pictures should be delivered between 9.30 and 12.00. Please ensure your picture is not let down by a shabby frame or mount and that it is strung tightly and the back sealed with appropriate tape. Guidelines are being drawn up regarding the presentation of works and will be out shortly.

Since the last changeover 26 sales were made which is a slight reduction since the previous period

THURSDAY PAINTING CHRISTMAS PARTY

This will be on Thursday December 21st  and we will announce the winners of the Christmas Card Competition. Bring along sweet or savoury nibbles and enjoy a social afternoon or paint if you wish.

We have been asked to finish by 3pm as  the Conservative Club have another event to prepare for..

Our next meting will be on Thursday 28th December for those who wish for a break from the Christmas Festivities, and we carry on as usual in the New Year.

FELIXSTOWE ART GROUP NEW YEAR PARTY

This will be on TUESDAY 9th JANUARY  2018 and will be upstairs in the Felixstowe Conservative Club and we will have live music, a small quiz with prizes, and superb food as Members will bring a plate of savoury or sweet goodies. Wine and Soft drinks are also supplied. This is a pleasant social evening, please come along at 7.30pm and enjoy the event. Members Partners and Friends  are very welcome.ps The Hall Dance Floor has been recently renovated and is in good shape just waiting to be used.

Malcolm Laurie Challenge Tuesday 13th March 2018

The three categories are Animal, Vegetable and Mineral all to be done in Monchrome (Pencil Ink or Charcoal) and mounted but not framed so you can start drawing now. Maximum size 20 inches by 16 inches including mount and one work in each category allowed per Artist.

This is not just a Challenge but a pleasant social evening with snacks and drinks supplied and magnificent drawings on display. You are cordially invited to come along, even if you have not entered a drawing and you can also vote for your favourite in each category.

A separate subject is the Catalogue Front Cover, this may be drawn, or painted in colour but not Computer generated or produced using Letraset, Transfers or Painting by Numbers Format.

The cover picture must be A4 size and the winning Picture will be reduced to A5 size by the Printer. No writing will be applied by the artist this will be done by the printer however the artist will advise the Printer on Colour and the placing of the Words.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH

The Committee were very sorry that they felt that they had to cancel the Christmas Lunch after the venue we had booked was unable to guarantee the start time and it was found that the cost would be substantially more than last year. Another venue was discussed but several members said they would not go back there so the decision was made that we would have a lunch for the group in the Spring.

 

This will be the last Newsletter of 2017 so:

THE CHAIRMAN AND COMMITTEE SEND ALL MEMBERS SEASONS GREETINGS AND WISH YOU ALL A PRODUCTIVE NEW YEAR, WITH MANY MORE GREAT PICTURES.

If you have an item for the next Newsletter please contact me by phone on 01394 448816 or by email at geoff.breydon@btinternet.com

Interim Newsletter for November 2017

 Proposed Christmas Lunch December 5th 2017

Unfortunately after being given the price of the Lunch at the Orwell Hotel which was £5 more than last year for three courses and £3 more for two courses without including the coffee to finish and without being given a firm time that they would start serving the meal due to the presence of a larger Group in the Main Hall we decided to cancel the lunch there this year.
We considered having the meal at the Brook Hotel instead, but some members said they would not go there, so it was felt best to cancel the event this year.
However we propose to replace the Christmas Lunch possibly in the Spring when we should be able to have more reasonable prices at our choice of venue.

Coming Very Soon

On 24th October there will be a workshop by Rosemary Humphries who proved so popular at her demonstration two weeks ago. Please bring your own materials.
On 14th November it will be the Hobbs Memorial Illustrated talk by Mark Beesley  on “Insight Into Ipswich Art Society History and its Members.”

Bent Hill Gallery 

The next changeover date is Monday 27th November. On the last changeover day several works came in not properly prepared with such problems as poor frames, badly cut mounts, backs not properly sealed and stringing problems. Colin is kindly improving those that can be, but in future he may have to reject pictures which are not in a  suitable condition to be hung.
Ending on a good note a Lady purchased five pictures before departing for Canada.
This is just a brief interim Newsletter mainly to inform Members about the cancellation of the Christmas Lunch this year.
Geoff Christian
Group secretary

AUGUST NEWSLETTER

WELCOME TO THE AUGUST EDITION OF THE NEWSLETTER FROM OUR CHAIR PERSON  YVONNE

I would like to thank everyone who helped in any way to ensure the 66th Annual Exhibition was a success. Yes, there are a few blips that need to be addressed but never the less it was a success.

I would also like to thank Anthony Osler our President for coming along to introduce the Mayor and Mayoress of Felixstowe, Nick Barber and his Wife. Nick talked a little about his work followed by two delightful little girls, Lily and Patsie, presenting the Mayoress with a bouquet of flowers before Nick officially opened the event.

This year was even busier than last with 1240 visitors coming through the doors (an increase of 306) and this was despite the downpour experienced on Wednesday afternoon!

There was certainly plenty for visitors to view thanks to the 59 members who submitted a total of 213 framed paintings with another three members adding to the unframed of which 21 were sold plus 49 framed. So we have some very happy members out there plus a happy Treasurer who will be even happier as a painting that had been exhibited was sold a few days later therefore making a grand total of 71 paintings sold.

No doubt you are curious which member will receive the perpetual trophy in the memory of Mary Langley for the Peoples Favourite painting  –  The Red Umbrella  by Gina Tipple. Congratulations Gina.

I will now hand over the rest of this Newsletter to Geoff but once again, thanks to all who helped in any way contributing time and effort into the group’s annual event – Yvonne.

THE 14th ANNUAL ART ON THE PROM: SUNDAY 3rd  SEPTEMBER 2017  

Again we will have a stand to display and sell Art Work and this year it is No. 75 which should be on the sea front near the Spa Pavilion. We are limited by the size of the stand allocated so we can only cater for 20 members exhibiting two paintings each. We already have 18 Members who have applied to Vanessa for a space and if you are interested contact her on 01394 272595 or myself on the number at the end,

Around 20,000 people visit this event and as well as Art of all kinds on display we have entertainment

including music from JS and the Lockerbillies, The Ipswich Hospital Band and the Skedaddle Ceilidh

as well as Morris Dancing, Stilt Walking etc. So even if you are not exhibiting come down and enjoy the atmosphere and admire the Art Work.

Also on this day we would like the Bent Hill Gallery to be manned as it is a good opportunity to sell paintings.

BENT HILL GALLERY AND SEAFARERS CENTRE CHANGE OVER MONDAY 4th SEPTEMBER

The changeover will take place as in the past with pictures for the Seafarers Centre handed in on the Monday and  pictures which have been exhibited returned on the Thursday from Colin either at the Thursday afternoon painting session or from Colins home, Colin can be contacted on 01394 282312.

COMISSION ON MEMBERS PAINTING SALES.

20% commission is due to the Group on all sales made from the gallery or summer exhibition.  In addition, commission is due if a picture is viewed at the gallery or exhibition and then purchased by that person after the picture has been removed from display. This applies for a period of 4 weeks after being removed from display. No commission is required if the purchaser likes your work on display and gives you a commission to paint a new picture,

SATURDAY WORKSHOPS

In the June Newsletter information was given about offering occasional Saturday workshops at the Conservative Club 10.00 am to 3.30 pm with the potential of the first one being a watercolour workshop with Michael Barratt (cost £20 to £25)

We would like to offer this particular workshop early October and although a few Members have expressed an interest we really do need a few more to ensure it being a viable proposition.

We are also looking into an acrylic workshop with Lois Codelia.

Please phone 01394 276975 by the end of August to register your interest in the watercolour workshop with Michael and/or acrylic workshop with Lois.

COMING SOON

Andrew Casey with an illustrated presentation on Art Deco ceramics on Tuesday12th September. Andrew has written a book on Art Deco Ceramics and we feel our Members will enjoy learning about style moderne with its aim of turning modernisation into symbols of wealth and sophistication.

On Tuesday 26th September Andrew will follow up his presentation with a workshop the subject being painting in the Art Deco Style. Bring your own choice of materials.

COACH TRIPS

We are considering a trip to Maldon, a town with a very picturesque waterfront and calling at Beth Chatom’s Gardens on the way. We need to know the interest in this trip so please contact either Vanessa or myself.

Several Members have mentioned the possibility of a trip to Cambridge. We might consider this in the Spring next year when Kettles Yard should reopen after major adjacent work is completed. If you have never been to Kettles Yard we heartily recommend a visit.

We welcome Members comments or items for the newsletter: contact our secretary, Geoff, using the ‘Contact Us’ link at the top of this page.

JUNE 2017 NEWSLETTER

FELIXSTOWE ART GROUP ANNNUAL GENERAL MEETING  2017

After a welcome to the meeting from Acting Chairwoman Yvonne Smart she introduced Tony Osler our President to read Riki Evans address in his absence due to ill health. Riki thanked the Committee and Members for their commitment to ensuring we had a vibrant Art group over his 9 year term in office. He also gave special thanks to his wife Jennifer for her support  and to Tony Osler for his Presidential work.

The Committee was elected as follows, with Riki standing down the Chairwoman is now Yvonne Smart who will also deal with Publicity and Programme, Acting Vice Chairman: Colin Millar and also Galleries Manager, Group Secretary Geoff Christian, Honorary Treasurer David Tennant, joint Exhibition Secretaries Carole Stuart and Jim Lait, Membership Secretary Elizabeth Darville,  Vanessa Mower who is active in many aspects of the Group including Art on the Prom, the Gallery and Coach Trips etc and Morag Skipper who is assisting at the Gallery and Seafarers Centre and is our design expert.. Chris Robinson  is looking after our Audio and other equipment and Helen Daniel is dealing with the Minutes of our meetings.(the allocation of duties was decided at the first Committee meeting after the AGM)                  

The annual subscription is being increased to £20 from next year and some discussion took place regarding this. It was explained that whilst the Group was in a good financial position we had to ensure that if we had a major set back such as losing the Bent Hill Gallery we could look for an alternative venue with adequate finance and also our costs such as for demonstrators on Tuesday were increasing as were other costs.

A concern was raised regarding Professional Artists winning prizes within an Amateur Group. It was pointed out Membership is open to all  After a discussion  our Chairwoman Yvonne pointed out it would be wrong to exclude particular Members from certain club activities and would go against the true spirit of the Club.

FAG SATURDAY WORKSHOPS

At the moment members enjoy the opportunity to attend the group’s evening workshops as well as hear about workshops elsewhere. To supplement these evenings we are now looking to offer occasional Saturday workshops 10.00am until 3.30pm at the Conservative Club. The anticipated fee will be something between £20 and £30. This figure will depend on tutor’s fee and numbers attending. Most tutors prefer a maximum of 15 attendees.

At the recent AGM feedback with suggestions on topics was requested, the result being: oils, oils on acrylics, pastel pencils, acrylics, watercolour. With the watercolour workshop the emphasis was for an opportunity to spend a day gaining lots of hints and tips to get the best out of this medium. Michael Barratt has been approached and he has agreed to run such a day.

Please phone 01394 276975 to register your interest in the watercolour workshop with Michael as well as your interest in any of the others mentioned. Once we have an idea of numbers we will arrange workshops accordingly.

This is a new venture and we hope members welcome and support such an opportunity.

BENT HILL GALLERY

The inside of the Gallery has been refurbished by Colin and Rita and is looking good but we do have problems with pigeons roosting over the entrance which will be dealt with shortly.

The next changeover day is Monday 5th June between 10am and 12am. Please bring along the dates you are available to sit with at least one sitting per painting submitted. This is very important to keep the sales of your pictures on the up. We are trialling a change in the sitting times to 11am to 1pm and 1pm to 3pm and will be sympathetic to any problems this change will bring but please give it a go.

SEAFARERS CENTRE GALLERY

No changeover on June 5th as Colin is away and we are looking at how the change is done, but it may take place on the changeover on 17th July.

COMING SHORTLY

13th June 2017 Geoff Thorpe will give a landscape demonstration in Watercolour. Geoff is a talented Artist who demonstrates  using Acrylics, Pastels, and Oils with a pallet knife and tonight it is watercolour and we are certain everyone will learn something about painting in that media, so please come along.

27th June  Monika Cilmi will demonstrate Origami and you can also have a go. Origami is an ancient Japanese Art. In Japanese Ori means folding and kami means paper so come along and try something rather different.

SPRING COACH TRIP TO LANGHAM GLASS AND HOLT

A total of 47 Members enjoyed a trip to see glass making at Langham and then on to Holt, a fine Georgian Market Town. The streets and alleyways and attractive buildings have retained the historic character of the Town with its several Galleries, Restaurants and Cafes and its many specialist shops.

We always welcome suggestions regarding future Coach Trip destinations so please let a Committee member know where you would like to go in the future.

66th ANNUAL ART EXHIBITION 1st to 5th AUGUST 2017

Members are invited to submit up to four framed works, maximum size of 28 inches by 28 inches including frame and also  three unframed.

Again this year the catalogue will give the media used for each work, so the entry form will require that information.

We must request that all work is tightly strung and the back is securely sealed ie:- not with masking tape.

Especially for heavier paintings D rings are preferable to screw eyes and should be mounted a third of the way down the frame from the top. We have had screw eyes pull out so if you use them make sure they are firmly in place. Another point noted by the Exhibition Secretaries is that mounts are sometimes badly cut and spoil the picture so make sure the mount is clean and well cut.

The Entry Form and Exhibition Rules are going out in the next day or so but if by any chance you do not receive one please let me know.

THURSDAY AFTERNOON PAINTING

Every Thursday afternoon we meet upstairs in the Conservative Club between 1pm and 3.30pm to paint chat and have tea or coffee with biscuits and sometimes cake. We are a friendly group and we charge a modest £2 per session or a discount rate of £16 for 10 sessions to cover room costs and refreshment. The meetings are very popular but we always have room for an extra Member or two.

MEMBERSHIP

We currently have 125 Members in total but we are always pleased to welcome new members. If you know of someone who wants to join please get them to contact our Membership Secretary. Her contact details are  :- Tel  01394 285034.

 If members wish to contribute to the newsletter please contact me by phone on 01394 448816 or by email at geoff.breydon@btinternet.com

APRIL 2017 NEWSLETTER

MALCOLM LAURIE MEMORIAL EVENING TUESDAY 14h MARCH 2017.

The results of the Malcolm Laurie Competition are as below.

  • Catalogue Cover:- Winner Stuart Dalton, Runner up Robert Coppillie
  • Boats:- Winner Fran Hicks, Runner Up Geoff Christian
  • Easter Time :- Winner Yvonne Smart,  Runner Up Sheila Wilson
  • Sea Treasures:- Winner Robert Coppillie, Runner Up Fran Hicks

Again the food provided was excellent and Carole, Ruby, Vanessa, Jennifer and Betty are to be congratulated on the adequate fare. Chris looked after the wine purchased by Riki and Vanessa made a fine non alcoholic punch. Michael made a superb Trophy for the Catalogue Cover Competition with a design by Morag. .

The attendance however was down on previous years with only around 30 people attending and bear in mind we have around 130 Members but those attending seemed to enjoy the evening and the drawings submitted were of a high standard, but we had the least number of drawings on display that I can remember.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

Please note renewals should be made by 30th April 2017 and for a full Member this is £18 and for those under 19 or in full time education it is £9. Everyone should have received a Renewal Form or will do so in the next few days. Please make cheques payable to Felixstowe Art Group. If  payment is not received by 31st May 2017 it will be deemed you do not wish to renew but if so please contact  our Membership Secretary Liz on  01394 285034.

BENT  HILL GALLERY

The next changeover date is Monday April 24th 2017.

Colin and Rita have made a fine job of the re decorating and we also have a new carpet and chair.

We are a bit low on number of pictures submitted, probably because of  Members saving pictures for the Exhibition, so please try to submit two pictures on April 24th.

It is noticeable that the instructional DVD’s stored at the Gallery are not being borrowed, they are free to Members to borrow: just note what you have borrowed in the book provided and return in due course.

A problem has arisen from pigeons roosting on a ledge over the entrance door and leaving a mess around the entrance steps. Colin has approached the Council about this but it is likely we will have to fit chicken wire over the roosting area ourselves.

THE 2017 – 2018 PROGRAMME

All Members should soon have the new programme and the year is packed with seven talks ranging from the world of Grayson Perry to John Constable, the Man and his Landscape. We also have six demonstrations with wide ranging subjects such as Art Work from images and photos and Origami (which you can also have a go at) We also have two life drawing sessions and three workshops led by professional Artists. With free entry to all the Tuesday events the £18 Membership is excellent value for money.

Regarding the Tuesday evenings we do need volunteers to help set the room up and man the kitchen at the interval to serve tea and coffee. If you feel you can help please contact a Committee member.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING TUESDAY 25th APRIL 2017

During the year Amanda Given and Chris Cushing stood down from the Committee and Riki will stand down at the AGM but remain a member of our Group and continue painting in his unique style.

Yvonne Smart is applying for nomination as acting Chair person and Colin Millar as acting Vice Chair. The remaining Members of the Committee are applying for nomination. We are very pleased that Chris Robinson, Helen Daniel and Jim Lait are also applying for nomination.

We will encourage questions or comments from the Members present to the various Committee members and there will be the opportunity after the meeting to meet and chat with them less formally.

We will again have a Table Top bring and by sale and you can obtain further details from Liz Tel 01394 285034 or Yvonne on 01394 276975. about this.

COMING SOON

On Tuesday 11th April we have an illustrated talk by Joan Moore the subject being Art about East Anglia.

Tuesday 25th April is the AGM.

On Tuesday 9th May Pat Hodgkins of the National Trust will give an illustrated talk about John Constable.The Man and his Landscape.

ART DECO

Whilst glancing through the Programme I noticed in September we have a presentation on Art Deco Ceramics followed two weeks later by a workshop painting in Art Deco style. Whilst most Members will know all about Art Deco I don’t so I looked it up.

It is a style of interior decoration, architecture etc. at its height in the 1930’s and characterised by geometrical shapes The name comes from art decoratif after the Exposition des arts decoratifs held in Paris in 1925. Sounds good.

THURSDAY PAINTING AT THE CONSERVATIVE CLUB

We meet virtually every week throughout the year with the exception of Christmas Day or the very infrequent times when the hall is needed by the Conservative Club

If you wish to paint or paint and socialise it is an ideal venue and sometimes we have magnificent cakes to go with the tea and biscuits, please come along you will be very welcome. We meet upstairs at the Conservative Club every Thursday at 1 pm and usually finish between three and half past.

We are permitted to hang our paintings on the walls of the rooms on both floors and they sometimes sell and we do not charge commission.

To help cover hall hire etc. we charge £2 per session or the reduced price of £16 for 10 sessions.

We welcome all abilities and if you wish you can obtain friendly advice on your painting or drawing.

COACH TRIP

We now have a fully booked 51 seater luxury coach with facilities for our trip to Langham Glass and Holt in Norfolk.

Following successful Trips to Norwich, Cambridge, London,  Greenwich and Bury St. Edmunds we are now thinking of organising another trip for the Autumn and welcome suggestions as to the destination.. We would appreciate your ideas so please let us know what you think. Contact Geoff on 01394 448816  or Vanessa on 01394 272595. One of us can usually be found also at the Tuesday or Thursday meetings.

JOINING OUR GROUP

If you know of someone who wants to join our Group please get them to contact our

Membership Secretary,  Tel 01394 285034.

If members wish to contribute to the Newsletter please contact me by phone on 01394 448816 or email at geoff.breydon@btinternet.com  

Geoff Christian 

Group Secretary

FEBRUARY 2017 NEWSLETTER

MALCOLM LAURIE MEMORIAL EVENING ON TUESDAY 14h MARCH 2017.

This is not just a  Competition but a pleasant social evening with snacks and drinks supplied and magnificent drawings on display. You are cordially invited to come along, even if you have not entered a drawing and you can also vote for your favourite in each category.

The subjects this year are Sea Treasures, Easter Time, and Boats which must be drawings in Monochrome and may be carried out in pencil, ink or charcoal. Members may enter one drawing for each subject and should not indicate the identity of the Artist on the front (write name on back). The drawings must be mounted but not framed and due to showing space, limited in size to 20 inches by 16 inches including mount.

A separate subject is the Catalogue Front Cover, this may be drawn, or painted in colour  but not Computer generated or produced using Letraset, Transfers or Painting by Numbers Format.

The cover picture must be A4 size and the winning Picture will be reduced to A5 size by the Printer. No writing will be applied by the artist as this will be done by the printer, however the artist will advise the Printer on Colour and the placing of the words.  Please bring your painting in in good time

The drawings must not have been shown previously at local Exhibitions or the Gallery and must not infringe copyright.

The winners receive a prize in each category and the winner of the Catalogue Cover Competition will have a trophy to keep for the year and a prize.

BENT  HILL GALLERY

The next changeover date is Monday January 23rd. Please bring your works as usual along with the entry form. There will be no hanging charge as the paintings will be removed to safe storage for two weeks whilst the gallery is redecorated and new flooring fitted. The paintings will then be put back on display until the next changeover on 6th March. Please put yourself down for duty periods for when the paintings are on display.

SEAFARERS CENTRE GALLERY

The next changeover date is Monday March 6th 2017.

NEW YEARS PARTY TUESDAY 10th JANUARY 2017

This year the party took place again at the Conservative Club Function Room. First we had a quiz organised by Carole with prizes for the winning team then our President, Tony, and Vice President, Michael, played ukelele and guitar to entertain us.

A magnificent display of food was provided by the participants (a plate each) and the wine was organised by Chris Robinson and the soft drinks by Vanessa. The food and drink went down well and was enjoyed by all.

Singing with backing tracks by Steve Littlejohn followed and the majority of people took to the floor to dance.  A really enjoyable evening. If you did not get to the Party you missed a good one and you are very welcome to join us next year.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING TUESDAY 25th APRIL 2017

Please let me know if you wish to be nominated for the Committee or have a resolution to be discussed, at least 21 days before the meeting. Please contact Geoff, the Group Secretary, on Tel 01394 448816. or by email as at the bottom of the page.

COMING SOON

On Tuesday 24th January we have Michael Barratt talking and advising on Framing and General presentation of your Art work. I feel most members will gain something from this talk as the Gallery and Exhibition Volunteers do find a few art works presented to them with problems such as badly sealed backs, cord either too long or loose and unsatisfactory anchorage points, and presentation is important in selling our paintings.

On Tuesday 14th February we have a drawing demonstration by one of our Members Robert Coppillie. Many people were impressed by his paintings at the last Exhibition and also his catalogue Cover.

On Tuesday 28th February Robert Coppillie will run a drawing workshop.

THURSDAY PAINTING AT THE CONSERVATIVE CLUB

If you wish to paint or paint and socialise and sometimes we have magnificent cakes to go with the tea and biscuits, please come along you will be very welcome. We meet upstairs at the Conservative Club every Thursday at 1 pm and usually finish between three and half past.

We are permitted to hang our paintings on the walls of the rooms on both floors and they sometimes sell and we do not charge commission.

To help cover hall hire etc. we charge £2 per session or £16 for 10 sessions.

We welcome all abilities and if you wish you can obtain friendly advice on your painting or drawing.

COACH TRIPS

Following successful Trips to Norwich, Cambridge, London,  Greenwich and Bury St. Edmunds we are now thinking of organising another trip for April and welcome suggestions as to the destination..

One suggestion is a visit to Langham Glass followed by a visit to Holt or Cromer .We have to consider what the cost of getting into places we visit is and what will be of general interest as friends or partners are also welcome..

We welcome your ideas so please let us know what you think. Contact Geoff on 01394 448816  or Vanessa on 01394 272595. One of us can usually be found also at the Tuesday or Thursday meetings.

OBITUARY

Reg Hartles, an Honorary Member of our Group, sadly passed away on December 8th 2016. He was an active Member for many years and will be missed by all who new him. He was a great help at Exhibitions and a talented Artist.

Richard Knights sadly passed away on 15th December 2016. He had been a talented Member of the Group and held an Exhibition of his drawings and paintings in aid of  Parkinsons Research  at White Gables Care Home shortly before he died..

Reg and Richard will be missed by those who knew them.

 The funerals of Reg and Richard took place on Thursday 29th December 2016.

AND FINALLY

If you know of someone who wants to join our Group please get them to contact our Membership Secretary,  Tel 01394 285034.

OCTOBER 2016 NEWSLETTER

COMING SOON IN OUR PROGRAMME

On Tuesday October 11th we have an illustrated talk by Chris Parfitt entitled “Portrait of a Suffolk River. Also this evening the Mary Tuffley trophy plus a voucher will be presented to the member whose painting was voted favourite at the Annual Exhibition. Mary a long time active Member of the group left £500 in her will, and this is one way her name and generosity will be remembered.

On Tuesday October 25th Anthony Osler our President and well known Marine Artist  will lead a watercolour workshop, “Painting Water”. Please bring your own materials.

BENT HILL GALLERY

The next changeover date is Monday November 7th. Please if possible arrive between  10 am and 12 am with no more than 2 framed paintings no larger than 16 inches by 20 inches overall and one or two unframed if you wish. A 50p per framed painting hanging fee is charged along with 20% commission if your painting sells, and lots do. Please fill in the calendar to denote two, two hour duty periods that you can do. .

The Gallery is restricted in space and we would be grateful if members picked up paintings from the previous period. as we have very little room to store them in the Gallery.

ART ON THE PROM SUNDAY 4th SEPTEMBER 2016.

We again had a stand for this the 13th Annual Event. It was rather windy and we saw a couple of stands blow over but ours held up well with all the works having a couple of extra ties to keep them in position. There were 20 members exhibiting and sold four paintings, and received enquiries about the group.

Again Vanessa did a great job in organising our stand .and thanks must also go to the Members who submitted paintings and manned the stand during the day

 FRAME SALE

The next Frame sales by Midland Fine Arts takes place on  6th November at Woodbridge Community Hall, Station Road (behind the Swimming Pool) A wide variety of frames and mounts are available. The sale is open from 10am until 4pm.and there is £1 off for every £10 spent.

 CHRISTMAS LUNCH

 We are at a new venue this year, the Orwell Hotel and those on email will have received the menu which gives an excellent choice of food. The menu will be posted to those not on email in the next day or two. If possible we would like your choice of food and the appropriate amount to be with Vanessa or myself by the end of the month (Cheques should be made out to Felixstowe Art Group).

CHRISTMAS CARDS

A Member of our Group, Ann Faiers has had three of her Christmas card designs selected to be sold at the Card Centre shop at the top of Bent Hill, with the profits going to support our local hospital. The designs chosen are pictures of the Crescent,one of the Seafront and one of the Ferry Boat Inn. Well Done Ann.

Thursday Painting

We continue to meet from 1pm to 3.30 pm at the Conservative Club and are always keen to welcome new Members. We work on our own projects interspersed with tea and biscuits and often cake. We are allowed to hang our pictures on the walls of the club both downstairs and in the upstairs rooms we use and  they sometimes sell (no commission is charged) We charge £2 a session or £16 for ten sessions.

If you have an item for the next Newsletter please contact me by phone on 01394 448816 or by email at geoff.breydon@btinternet.com

AUGUST 2016 NEWSLETTER

65th ANNUAL EXHIBITION

This year the Exhibition was opened by Pat Todd an Artist who many will know through her past involvement with the Reunion Gallery and she was ably assisted by our President  Anthony Osler. The opening went very well despite lights going out in the Hall. Ellie Mae, grand daughter of our Exhibition Secretary Carole Stuart presented Pat with a lovely bouquet of flowers.

The layout of the Stands in the Back Hall was changed with stands and tables on each of the sides of the room with chairs set out in the middle so you can sit down and admire the Art on display. The Group had purchased more tables during the year to allow the changes in this room.

A total of  62 Artists contributed works, six down on last year, and the number of framed pictures submitted was 225 which was down on 237 last year.. A total of 36 framed paintings were sold ,down from 52 last year, and 26  unframed which is one up from last year. The drop in framed sales was surprising particularly in view of the favourable comments received.

Again this year we did not charge for entry but if visitors wished to make a donation they could, but the numbers visiting were down from 1029 to 928 this year. The daily totals of visitors was Tuesday 166, Wednesday 166, Thursday 181, Friday 187, and Saturday 228.

Again we encouraged people purchasing paintings to collect them at the end of the exhibition, unless they found this difficult to do..

The exhibition received 75 favourable comments most mentioning the layout of the exhibition and quality of the paintings. The comments came from visitors around the world from as far afield as Cyprus and Australia. Typical comments were “We would buy them all if we could”and “Inspirational”

Two Honorary Members Mary Tuffley and Mary Langley sadly died this year and works by them were on display. Both Ladies were members for many years and Mary Tuffley had left a bequest of £500 to the Group.

The colourful front cover of the Catalogue was again decided by members voting for their favourite at the Malcolm Laurie Drawing Competition earlier in the year and was by Robert Coppillie.

Members Marguerite Paterson and Glynis Littlejohn provided the magnificent display of flowers.

Again Riki our Chairman managed to obtain sponsorship to cover the cost of the Catalogues.

Special thanks are due to all members who helped make the exhibition a success, whether it was assisting with moving the stands and setting them up, receiving the Artists work or helping on the sales, admission desk or unframed room,.and of course submitting paintings.

HELP REQUIRED

On the Monday before the Exhibition we have to load our stands into a van, unload them at the hall and erect the stands. Then on Saturday evening we dismantle the stands and on the Monday load up the stands to take to our storage area where we unload the van and stack everything away. Also we have to transport some of the tables for use by our Thursday Group at the Conservative Club. We are always on the look out for sturdy Members to join our gang as the more the merrier. Just inform a member of our Committee you or your partner would like to join us, and we would look forward to your help next year..

FAVOURITE PAINTING

The most votes went to Robert Coppillie for his magnificent Hare.and later in the year he will be presented with the Mary Tuffley Trophy. This is a new trophy in memory of Mary who supported our Group for many years as a Committee Member and latterly as an Honorary Member. Second and third places also went to Robert with works of Aldeburgh and Woodbridge. Fourth eqauls were Stuart Dalton with Standing Hare and Linda Lee with Cafe Continental..

COMING SOON IN OUR PROGRAMME

On Tuesday August 23rd  we have Clay Modelling with Michelle Parsons this is always a fun event with clay and shaping tools provided so everyone can produce a masterpiece

On Tuesday 13th September Paul Bruce will give a demonstration using pastels. Paul studied at the Ipswich school of Art and apart from pastels he also.works in oil and mixed media and sculpts in stone, wood and direct plaster.

BENT HILL GALLERY

The next changeover date is Monday August 15th. If you have not submitted paintings there before it is easy, just arrive between 10 am and 12 am with no more than 2 framed paintings and one or two unframed if you wish. A 50p per framed painting hanging fee is charged along with 20% commission if your painting sells, and lots do as the Gallery is in a prime position at the bottom of Bent Hill. So support the Group and exhibit here.

Please note if you are exhibiting work you must sign up for at least one 2 hour duty period and preferably two as if we are not open we usually do not sell your work.

SEAFARERS CENTRE GALLERY

Several Members have enquired regarding changeover arrangements for the Gallery and these are as follows. On August 15th  at Bent Hill Gallery changeover, new pictures for the centre will be collected along with a £1 per picture deposit by Rita or Colin..

Due to holiday arrangements Colin will changeover pictures at the Seafarers Centre during the week beginning 22nd of August using pictures collected on the 15th of August. Colin proposes to return pictures on Thursday 25th August at the Thursday afternoon meeting at the Conservative Club between 1pm and 3pm.

If necessary Colin can be contacted on 01394 282312 or by email at colin.millar1@gmail.com

ART ON THE PROM SUNDAY 4th SEPTEMBER 2016. (10am – 4pm)

The Group again has a stand at Art on the Prom. Members may submit two paintings no larger than 14”x18”and the entry fee is £2 per painting but with no commission taken by the Group. Space is limited but we have room for two or three more Members to Exhibit.

If you are interested contact Vanessa Mower on 01394 272595. If you are not exhibiting the event is well worth a visit with a wide variety of Art displayed and fun events taking place.

Lets hope for good weather on the day (which we usually have) and that we see you there.

FRAME SALE

Frame sales take place on Sunday 21rd August and Sunday 6st November at Woodbridge Community Hall, Station Road (behind the Swimming pool) A wide variety of frames and mounts are available. The sale is open from 10am until 4pm.

Thursday Painting

Remember this takes place on every Thursday throughout the year between 1pm and 3.30pm upstairs at Felixstowe Conservative Club. We are a sociable group so come along and enjoy some leisurely painting a hot drink and biscuits and quite often cake.

And Finally

If you have an item for the next Newsletter please contact me by phone on 01394 448816 or by email at geoff.breydon@btinternet.com

MAY 2016 NEWSLETTER

FELIXSTOWE ART GROUP ANNNUAL GENERAL MEETING  2016

After a welcome to the meeting from Riki our President Anthony Osler gave some good advice to members saying it is beneficial to try something different for instance go from landscape to portrait or if you usually paint watercolours try acrylic or oils, try a large brush or hake, paint outdoors or draw with a brush but most important keep painting.

The clear financial report showed a £400 surplus over the year and a healthy bank balance.

At the time of the meeting we still had 44 Members yet to renew their Membership, and if they all renew as we hope they will, we will have 139 Members.

The Programme for the Tuesday evening meetings is now being compiled by Yvonne who has taken over this task from Riki and I am sure we will have an interesting year of meetings ahead.

The Committee including co-opted member Amanda Given was re-elected as follows:

  • Chairman: Riki Evans,
  • Vice Chairman: Chris Cushing
  • Group Secretary: Geoff Christian
  • Honorary Treasurer: David Tennant
  • Exhibition Secretary: Carole Stuart
  • Membership Secretary: Elizabeth Darville
  • Gallery Manager: Colin Millar
  • Publicity and Programme Secretary: Yvonne Smart
  • Vanessa Mower who is active in many aspects of the Group including Art on the Prom, the Gallery and Coach Trips etc.
  • Morag Skipper who is assisting at the Gallery and seafarers Centre
  • Amanda Given

The annual subscription was kept at £18 for next year, yet again, and is excellent value for money.

MEMBERSHIP

If you know of someone who wants to join please get them to contact our Membership Secretary. Her contact details are  :- Tel  01394 285034.

Remember subscriptions for existing members should have been in by 30th April so if you intend to renew your Membership and have not done so yet, please do so as soon as possible.

 BENT HILL GALLERY

The gallery appearance has been much improved  through the efforts of Colin and Morag  with Colin having done much painting and Morag using her design skills on the signage and window facing the sea. Vanessa has organised  the running of the Gallery and changeovers efficiently with valuable assistance from Jackie and Morag. but we do need all exhibiting artists to do at least one sitting and if you are a Member but have not exhibited a picture if you have some spare time you could volunteer to do a sitting in the Gallery and this would be a great help.in keeping the Gallery open..

The next changeover day is Monday 16th May between 10am and 12.00 If you are still using the blue 2015 – 2016 Programme the date of  9th May is incorrect. The changeover will also include the Seafarers Centre paintings with the same arrangements as last time.

65th ANNUAL ART EXHIBITION 2nd to 6th AUGUST 2016

Members will be allowed to submit four framed works with maximum dimensions of 28 inches by 28 inches including frame, and also  three unframed. Again this year the catalogue will give the media used for each work, so the entry form will require that information.

Malcolm Laurie Competition

This was very well attended and everybody enjoyed the social aspect  along with the magnificent Buffet. The standard of the drawings submitted was very good  making it sometimes difficult to choose a favourite one.

The results voted as favourite drawing in the four classes were:-

  • Doorways  – Fran Hicks with Robert Copillie second.
  • Flowers – Yvonne Smart with Robert Coppillie again second.
  • Birds –- Colin Millar with Yvonne Smart second.
  • Catalogue Cover – Robert Coppille was favourite with Amanda Given a close second.

Anthony Osler  who was presenting the prizes was asked to select his favourite drawing among those remaining and he selected an excellent drawing by Vanessa Mower of a bird that he often sees when out sailing.

COMING SHORTLY

Tuesday 10th May Deborah Burrows is giving a demonstration of Tonal painting in gouache and special effects in watercolour. Deborah’s art works reflect her love for the Countryside around her in Suffolk where she lives and works. Her paintings feature beautiful colours, textures and trees.

Tuesday 24th May Rosemary Humphries is giving a demonstration of Drawing made easy. Rosemary states that drawing is a very important skill well worth giving time to. If the drawing is right the final work will be much improved.

ART CLUB OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

We did not find out about this competition, organised by The Artist and Leisure Painter Magazines, until rather late, however we decided to enter and had to choose five works by Group Artists and we considered works submitted to the Exhibition, Malcolm Laurie, the Gallery etc. and chose the following Members to submit work, Fran Hicks, Michael Barratt, Robert Coppille, Marguerite Paterson, and Tom Ccatchpole.

We also had to write a bit about the Group . Unfortunately we did not get through to the final round with pictures on display at Patchings Exhibition Centre  but we would like to thank Artists who submitted work and hope to learn more of what is expected for next year.

THURSDAY AFTERNOON PAINTING

Every Thursday afternoon we meet upstairs in the Conservative Club between 1pm and 3.30pm to paint, chat and have tea or coffee with biscuits and sometimes cake. We are a friendly group and we charge a modest £2 per session or a discount rate of £16 for 10 sessions to cover room costs and refreshment. The meetings are very popular but we always have room for an extra Member or two.

STORAGE SPACE

We are very pleased and relieved to say we have found a new storage place for the Art Group Stands and tables to which they will go after the Exhibition, due to help received from one of our Members.

COACH TRIP WEDNESDAY MAY 18TH 2016

The Spring coach Trip is to Norwich with its many attractions  including Galleries, Ancient buildings and attractive shopping streets. It will leave Hamilton Road outside the Solar Store at 9am and arrive central  Norwich by 10.45am. The Coach will leave Norwich at 4.15pm and arrive back at Felixstowe at around 5.30pm.The cost is only £10 per person. Information about Norwich and the Sainsbury Art Centre will be provided.

We have a few seats left and remember a Members Partner or Friend is very welcome. If you would like to go please contact Geoff on 01394 448816  or Vanessa on 01394 272595. One of us can usually be found also at the Tuesday or Thursday meetings.

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