A Spring Exhibition was held at the Fordbridge Centre Ashford

               on Sat 24th and Sun 25th in March 2018

                

This was very successful. Plenty of visitors came along on both afternoons and many commented on the high standard of art work displayed. Regular supporters were also pleased to read new names on the exhibit labels. Eleven paintings  were sold.

The refreshments, provided by Jose Cook were enjoyed by everyone. The raffle of which the first prize was Terry Barry’s “Scotney Castle”.and the Refreshments together raised £277.71. Chris Rogers organised the Exhibition Rota as well as the lovely Raffle.

The picture voted best in the exhibition was again by  Anne Whitelock one of our most prolific,varied and talented artists of the society.

 

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Our Spring Exhibition on the Sat 29th and Sun 30th April 2017 

Voted best picture 'Roses' by Anne Whitelock

 

 

 

                                           Some of the paintings in the exhibition 

                                       

                              "Spritsail Barge"  by                                "The Search" by Julian Game       

                   Honorary Member, Steve Letchford.



                        

                      "Orang Utan" by Peter Knibbs                                                   "Salt Rocks" by Linda Harvey



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Our Exhibition Sat 24th and Sun 25th on September 2016.   

Voted best picture   'Time Flys' by Josie Cook

 

Also in the exhibition Trees by Anne Whitelock

 

 

and Lady by Pat Whatmore

 

 

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Our Club Exhibition November 2015

 

 

Tina Bokhari's table of crafts

  

 Anne Whitelock with her painting chosen best from the exhibition

 

         

 

          

Just some of the paintings sold during the exhibition

 

Our Exhibition April 2015

 

 

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Our Summer Exhibition 2014

was held once again at St James School, Church Road, Ashford Middlesex

on 12th and 13th July 

FAVOURITE PAINTING

Once again Sharon Wolfe won the public vote, this time for her unusual work titled 'Story Book Face'

 

 

 

 THE FINISHED BIG PAINT

Several members painted sections of this famous work of art - Seurat's 'Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte' which were assembled over the weekend to produce a lively rendition which seemed to be popular with our visitors.

 

 

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Our Autumn Exhibition 2013

 was held once again at St James School, Church Road, Ashford Middlesex

 on 2nd and 3rd November 

The Winner of the Autumn Exhibition favourite painting, voted for by our visitors 

was Sharon Wolf's 'Distracted'

 favorite painting

Our Autumn Exhibition 2012

 was held once again at St James School, Church Road, Ashford Middlesex

 on 3rd and 4th November 

The Winner of the Autumn Exhibition favourite painting, voted for by our visitors 

was Terry Barry with his painting titled "Weybridge Marina"

Terry Barry autumn 2012 favourite painting winner

 


 

Our Spring  Exhibition 2012

was held once again at St James School, Church Road, Ashford Middlesex

on 31st March & 1st April


 The visitors to the exhibition voted for the painting they enjoyed most in the exhibition, and many said what a difficult task it was.  

The Winner of the Spring Exhibition favourite painting, voted for by our visitors

was John Popkess with his painting titled "Passing time in the shade"

John Popkess passing time  in the shade 2012

 

We have turned the tables on John this year and asked him to choose the pictures

that he enjoyed and to comment on them, so here is his review of our show:-

  

Highlights - Spring 2012

 

Among my favorites would have to be Anne Whitelock's 'Autumn'. Terry Barry summed it up best by saying that Anne 'is a real painter'. This woodland scene is one I could look at for hours. Most striking is the depth she has managed to capture.

 

I found myself drawn to Tina Bokari's 'Once upon a time' because it is so reminiscent of the the works by the great American landscape painters that chronicled their own borders being opened up in the 19th century. It could be the Rockies or the Black Hills of the Dakotas, but it is unmistakably 'the West'.

  

John Holman's 'Canal Barge' is very striking. I happen to like his style of painting in general, bringing a wonderful post impressionist flavour to the club. This painting could hang in any city gallery next to any of the great artists it pays homage to. If that sounds a bit overstated, look at it again.

  

Les Mote's 'Keeper of Doves' is a very clever character study. With the use of a limited palette and in watercolour, the  artist completely surprised me. I can almost feel the pleasure the keeper gets from his avian friends. 

  

Steve Letchford's 'Circle of life' also surprised me, mostly because I have never seen him paint anything other than brilliantly composed landscapes of England. For an artist to then draw upon wildlife as a subject and to do it so well is remarkable. What makes his foxes so good is that he has given them life, they actually look intrigued by the strange little creature. 

  

Diana Dixon's 'The balcony room' is a wonderful homage to von Menzel and a fantastic painting in it's own right. If I had a gallery in my head, this would be in it. It has real atmosphere, which is so vital to a successful painting.

  

As a complete offering, it would be hard to top Terry Barry's quartet. The one that stands out for me is one from a genre I don't generally get on with, marine studies. Neo is outstanding. The gentle ripples in the water are a lesson in subtlety and his treatment of the autumnal banks frame a wonderfully proud 'Neo'. 

  

Linda Harvey's offering of Bela strikes a cord. It reminds me of a childhood spent in Lyme Regis playing smugglers and pirates on small boats. For anyone who has read 'Moonfleet' and been to Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight, this image of a neglected and forgotten causeway is perfectly evocative.

  

Three artists who, for me, have a shared quality in their offerings, namely, they ooze a feeling of hope and well-being. Eileen Lacy's 'Anyone for tennis' is great fun. Modest in size, it is a smile waiting to happen. Kate Bull's 'Chobham Common' is equally engaging, perhaps because it makes the viewer want to be there. Hazel's flowery offerings bombard the senses with colour. They all make these tough austere times of ours less drab and dull.

  

Finally, my review of the Spring Exhibition would not be complete without a brief mention for one of the most remarkable of our fellow members. I am not brave enough to label the work of Edwin Cripps, nor would I dare say what I like about his work, or indeed why. His modesty matches his rare talent and so plaudits might offend. I will offer up a crude observation....He ought to be unaffordable.