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.
For a recent interview and profile of Tessa by John Baxter please click on the following link..
Our Exhibition is to go ahead this August – our first online exhibition.
We’re really looking forward to receiving, selecting & showing our members’ work to what we anticipate will be a much wider audience.
Artist members, this year, can enter work for the exhibition without submission fees or having to pay commission on sales. In other words it will cost them nothing except time!
Thinking of joining us? We have about 230 members which include amateur & professional artists. Every August you will benefit from the chance to show work with what has become a popular & regionally respected art society. Membership costs just £15 per annum
Anthony Connolly RP was to run a portrait workshop for Summerleaze Gallery last week at East Knoyle, but as it couldn’t go ahead he sent daily images to would be participants & others over the 4 days & followed up with a critique of their work.
12 of our members enjoyed the challenge of these exercises.
Trees in 19c British & American Art by Professor Christiana Payne
16 January 2020
Report by Will Vaughan
Christiana Payne, Professor of the History of Art at Oxford Brookes University, has had a distinguished career researching British landscape art and genre painting of the nineteenth century. In recent years she has been exploring the representation of trees and the significance that they had for artists and amateurs in the period. Her recent book, Silent Witnesses; Trees in British Art 1760-1870, focussed on the work of British Artists, but in this lecture she extended the theme to cover American artists of the period as well.Perhaps it was as a reaction to the growing urbanization caused by the Industrial Revolution that artists in the late eighteenth century became increasingly involved in representing the natural world. Trees particularly
Once again the Bruton Art Society has enjoyed the pleasure of a talk by Colin Wiggins, former lecturer and curator of special exhibitions at the National Gallery. Colin is well known for the high quality of his lectures, in which he combines entertainment and information in his own unique manner. Last time he spoke to us four years ago, he told of his activities at the National Gallery, in which he encouraged leading contemporary artists like Peter Blake, Sean Scully and Paula Reago to produce works that engaged with major works in the Gallery’s collection. This time he was inviting us to look again at the seasonal theme of Winter Landscapes, with a particular emphasis on snow scenes.
He took us from the earliest representations of snow in the late middle ages – in such exquisite works as the Tres Riches Heures of the Duc de Berry – to fascinating colour explorations of Monet and other Impressionists. He also brought in treatments outside the European tradition, in particular the marvellous winter scenes of Japanese woodcut artists like Hokusai.