TO ALL ARTISTS IN SOMERSET, WILTS, DORSET & BEYOND…
It’s a perfect time for amateur and professional artists in the region to become Members of Bruton Art Society as we approach our Annual Exhibition in Bruton, Somerset 21 – 28 August 2021
Membership is just £15/year and allows you to enter work for this popular exhibition attracting more than 1,000 visitors each year. There is also over £1,000 in awards.
No time to waste as we are open for entries 9 June – 14 July.
Become a member today and you’re ready to enter your work.
As soon as we receive your form we send you the link to online submission for this years exhibition.
You can enter paintings, drawings, artist prints & sculpture.
Would you like to be able to paint on an iPad like David Hockney?
If you have seen his exhibition “The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate in East Yorkshire” which he did in 2011, you will know how enchantingly fresh and unfettered his digital paintings are.
We have a few places left on a workshop on Saturday and Sunday the 12th and 13th of June at Hadspen Village Hall, Castle Cary, Somerset. We are lucky to have Diana Seidl, a well known artist, author and teacher in this “new” medium to help us develop (or begin in some cases) our digital experience.THE ART OF THE IPADDiana says
“This two day course will not only teach you to paint and draw on an iPad, but will also show you how it can be the most valuable tool to aid and improve your traditional painting. The technology is more simple than you think and students will be drawing and painting within 15 minutes of starting the course.” http://dianaseidl.co.uk/
The course costs £65. If you are interested, please book your place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
On 19th May some BAS members met to paint in an old cider orchard at Stoney Stratton in the Mendips…
Lesley Beazer kindly invited us to paint in her lovely 7 acre cider orchard while the blossom was out. A lovely day together as we painted and sketched amongst a mixture of gnarled 80 year old cider apple trees along with younger eating apple trees. As an added enticement, Black and Moorit Shetland sheep wandered among the trees. Jane Barnard
A “real life” workshop was held on the 20th and 21st of May, at Hadspen Village Hall with Melanie Deegan – a well known sculptor based in the West Country.
Members prepared drawings and reference images beforehand and then, using varied sorts of wire, aluminium wire mesh, silicon moulds and other incredibly named and versatile materials such as “Pavapol”, ( a kind of fast drying white glue which can be mixed with pigment inks to give colour to a piece ) “Crystacal”, ( an alpha grade plaster ) and “Scrim”, ( a sort of cotton bandage, well known to textile artists ) to name a few, created some very beautiful, and in some cases quite “quirky” pieces of sculpture. This was after just two days!
Melanie brought many interesting and exciting materials to use during the workshop as well as some enchanting examples of her own work.
Her calm guidance, encouragement and expertise was very much appreciated throughout and she attended to everyone’s needs without fuss or flurry.
Details will be posted here very soon for artists wishing to enter work for our 68th Annual Exhibition in Bruton, Somerset this August. The exhibition will also be online.
We were very saddened to hear of the death of Tessa McIntyre in early February. Tessa was a fine and highly respected painter and printmaker. Her work has been a key feature in many exhibitions in this region for many years. Tessa was a great supporter of the Bruton Art Society and had many friends there. She will be much missed by all who knew her.
We hear there will be an exhibition of her work in Shaftesbury at a later date and we will post details when we know more.
The Bruton Art Society will mount a special display of a selection of her work at the Annual Exhibition in August.
Will Vaughan (Chair)
Here’s an earlier interview and profile of Tessa by John Baxter
Our Annual Exhibition remains open online for you to enjoy the galleries & find the perfect painting as a gift or for your own space