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.
Printmaker Jackie Curtis gave 12 of our members a really informative & enjoyable couple of days at Hadspen Hall with lots of demos & guidance. She also worked tirelessly turning the press!
It was amazing to see how feathers, leaves, fabrics, leather, string & all sorts of other unlikely stuff can produce such beautiful monoprints. Many such prints were produced by the group; some really stunning.
It was a really worthwhile couple of days and we may well see some of the results from this workshop in our next exhibition!
Plein air pastel painting with Patrick Cullen 19 – 20 September
For anyone who booked a place on this workshop in January, it was an act of faith in the September weather….. but it turned out hot and sunny on both days – vivid blue skies and bright colours. The orchard next to Hadspen Village Hall was laden with ripening rosy apples – a wonderful place to paint.
Patrick has run three workshops for Bruton Art Society now and was extremely diligent in finding us all in the orchard to give guidance and help on the use of pastels. Some of us were complete beginners with this medium and it was a privilege to learn from him.
On both afternoons he took a little time to paint alongside us & it was invaluable to watch him work.
Committee member John Baxter has written an illustrated account of a Somerset Art Weeks exhibition organised by Zak Greening in Wincanton on the site of Clementinas. Called Greening the Earth Gallery, this “stunning new art gallery” particularly appealed to John & he recommends it as a “must see” for Bruton Art Society members. (See link below to read all about it & see his photos of the exhibition)
Congratulations to Narnia Van Heerden who has received Bruton Art Society’s Award to a King’s School Pupil . We hear she has excelled at her A levels this year across the board and gained an A* in Art. Well done Narnia! You can see her work on the easel in our exhibition.