What's On

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Westhope Craft College courses, many different media covered
- varied dates over the coming months - website
Exhibition of Photographs by Tottie Aarvold - 11am - 11pm, 1st September - 21st October, Chang Thai Bar walls - details
Marches Scribes' Calligrapy Exhibition - 3rd Sep - 1st Oct (closed Wednesday), Leominster Library, THEN 3rd -30th Oct, Craven Arms Discovery
Centre - details

Val Littlehales' Charity Exhibition
- 11th September - 10th October, Bishop's Castle Town Hall; preview evening 6.30pm, 11th September - details
Exhibition of New Work by Simon Dorrell & Etchings & Watercolours by Keith Andrew - 12th Sep - 10th Oct, Silk Top Hat - details: Simon, Keith
Isaac Smart's Showcases: Corinna Kenyon-Wade Pottery & Andrew Sanders & David Wallace Glass - 12th Sep - 10th Oct, Silk Top Hat
The Big Draw
- across the UK in October - check local events or the UK map
Exhibition of Drusilla Cole's Linocuts, Etchings and Collagraphs
- 2nd - 31st Oct, SpArC Theatre, Bishop's Castle, SY9 5AY - details
Church Stretton Drawing Course with Paul Webster - 9.30am, 2pm, begins 7th Oct - details
Ann Wallace: Engraving a Glass, evening course - 6pm - 8pm, 21st October, Greenacres - details
Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft, 'Showing Off' - 17th & 18th Oct, Ludlow Castle Beacon Room - details
Exhibition of Drawings and Other Recent Work by Celia de Serra, and Prints by Frances Carlile - 17th Oct - 14th Nov, Silk Top Hat
Isaac Smart's Showcase: Sue Binns, Josephine Harvey and Mary Stephens Ceramics - 17th Oct - 14th Nov, Silk Top Hat
Horse Magic - Sculpture, Film & Photography by Christian Schwetz & Pea Ramshaw - 11am - 8pm, 24th - 27th October, Potiphar's Barn, Munslow, Craven Arms SY7 9ET
Drusilla Cole's Linocut Exhibition - 2nd - 31st October, SpArC Theatre, Bishop's Castle SY9 5AY - details
Out of Nature Sculpture Show - 3rd - 25th October, Newport House, Herefordshire - details
Young at Art Exhibition - 10am - 4pm, 23rd - 26th October, St Laurence's Church - details
LAS Evening Meeting - Paul Weaver: Atmospheric Townscapes - 7pm for 7.30pm, 5th Nov, Ludlow Assembly Rooms
LAS WATERCOLOUR WORKSHOP - Paul Weaver: Atmospheric Townscapes
- 10am - 4pm, Little Hereford Village Hall, 6th Nov - details

Fused Glass Jewellery for Beginners, a Workshop with Ann Wallace - 7th (10.30am - 3.30pm) & 14th (10.30am - 12.30pm) Nov, The Studio, Greenacres - details
Engraved Glass Snowflake Decorations Workshop with Ann Wallace - 12.30pm - 3pm, 21st Nov, The Studio, Greenacres - details
Opening of Silk Top Hat's Christmas Exhibition - 28th Nov, Silk Top Hat
Handmade Christmas Gift Fair - 2pm-4pm, 28th & 29th Nov, then 5th & 6th Dec, Greenacres - details

The Eclectic Sofa - 7pm - 11pm, second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, The Sitting Room - details

Life and Portrait Drawing at Ludlow Assembly Rooms
- Fridays, Morning session: 10am - 12.30pm; Afternoon session: 1.30pm - 4pm.
5-week block-book for £55 (or £27.50 for half days), drop-in for £7.50 for a half-day, £15 for a full day.
For more information, and to book your place, contact Chris Bean on: 01584 841668

Seen something going on? Drop me an email at: samsketches@yahoo.co.uk

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

News from St Laurence's

We're very happy to announce that our exhibition screens are going to be used for the Young At Art exhibition coming up later this month (details HERE), and LAS Committee member Ruth Tune is lending a helping hand to hang the show. Afterwards, the screens are going to be used again, in the same location, for Christian Aid Haiti - it's fantastic to see that, after years of being used just twice per year, the screens are now able to help other local groups as well. We'll have more news on the screens, and the benefits this new arrangement brings the Art Society, soon!

In addition, we can announce that, at our 2016 Spring Exhibition, there will be a card-reader so purchases can be made by credit or debit card - this is a facility granted to us by St Laurence's, and will be operated by their gift shop staff (so stewards don't have to worry about using any new technology).

Tinsel Tuesdays Market Stalls

Tinsel Tuesday Market Stalls (organised by the Town Council, and running on 8th, 15th and 22nd December) are currently available for booking, and they're going quickly! Apparently, Tinsel Tuesdays can be quite profitable and gives a great opportunity for buying and selling alternative, individual and more personal Christmas gifts.

If you're interested in taking a stall, you'll need to fill in the form which you can find (in .pdf format) HERE.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Revamped Committee Page

We've taken a fresh look at the Committee page thanks to a suggestion from LAS member Miriam Bell, who said it might be a good idea for us to be a little more visible and have our portraits against our names. Well, we thought it was a good idea and so that's exactly what we've done. Hop over to see the current Committee rogues gallery!

Thanks, Miriam!

Friday, 2 October 2015

The Trail of Thomas Love

Now this is quite different from our usual LAS postings, but Mr Lyle Bignon, the PR manager for the Trail of Thomas Love, sent an email asking if this would be of interest to LAS members and we thought that, since it's local interest we would post it here as a one-off. All details below!


A special evening of songs and projections in Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge
Produced and performed by Nathan Tromans

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A live project mixing photography, music and storytelling based on the Severn Gorge is to receive its premiere in the historic English village of Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge on Saturday 10 October 2015.
The Trail of Thomas Love, produced by Shropshire-born songwriter and photographer Nathan Tromans, is an enchanting exploration of the myths of the surrounding landscape, as well as both real and imagined characters, their journeys and homecomings.
During the performance, to be held in the former industrial turned museum space of Enginuity, images drawn from the Ironbridge archives along with selections from Tromans own photographic collection will be projected on a six metre high screen.
The artist will be joined by a five-piece band of exceptional musicians for the debut, which forms part of the programme for Shifting Worlds: a symposium exploring the impact of the Industrial Revolution on the landscape, society and art featuring a keynote speech from British artist Jeremy Deller.
Inspired by living in the unique surroundings of the Severn Gorge, and the layers of narratives that exist in its wooded dales, Tromans has taken weekly walks developing a series of landscape photographs. These quiet and patient moments reveal the subtle observations of the relationship between those who have lived and worked in the gorge and its natural habitat, as it continues to be framed for an ever-increasing number of visitors.
As a Coalbrookdale resident Tromans has traced his ancestors back to the 17th century in the Gorge. His great, great, great grandfather, Thomas Love was an Ironstone miner who mined the very stone that gave birth to the industrial revolution, and left the Gorge as the industry evolved and expanded in to the wider West Midlands area.

A sense of place runs deep into the heart of Nathan Tromans songwriting and photography.
The Coalbrookdale resident was the voice and words behind successful indie-rock band Mustard in the late 1990s, before going on to form John the Revelator. As JTR, Tromans shared stages with musicians including Jose Gonzales, James Yorkston, Teddy Thompson, Joan as Policewoman and Mojave 3.
His songs are imbued with the elemental and spiritual influences of artists who have stirred his heart over many years, from Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave to Bill Callaghan (Smog), Damien Jurado, Bonnie Prince Billy and Sufjan Stevens, keenly blended with his own personally crafted visions and expressions.
This is a wonderful opportunity for me, to bring my songs and photographs together in such a unique way. These separate practices are in many ways born of the Gorge landscape - the show has enabled me to explore the possibilities of finding some synergy between them.
 My photographs are on the surface an exploration of the topography of the environment here, however I hope to suggest and express much more, Im fascinated by how the landscape can reveal its story and retain its mystery, these potential mysteries and myths are also an important inspiration for my songs. - Nathan Tromans
The Shifting Worlds Programme, produced by Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, Meadow Arts and Arts Council England, features a programme of contemporary art inspired by the birthplace of industry, artists and academics that will also include contributions from David Nash, Gavin Turk, Jeremy Deller and Faye Claridge.
The two-day symposium examines the role of the natural world, technology and imagination in the transformation of the landscape and society. It will develop and present new and innovative ways of interpreting the industrial heritage of England.

The Trail of Thomas Love
7pm Saturday 10 October 2015
Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge

Pictures from Peter Bishop's Talk

Last night's talk was slightly different, as Peter was recovering from eye surgery and so was, at the time of the talk, unable to see. His wife Jenny operated the slideshow, and Peter narrated through his own drawing and painting works, as well as the creations of a whole host of other artists on the subject of the Snowdonian mountains, giving us a history of art and the region. Afterwards, he held a question and answer session.

Here are some pictures from the evening:

Next month, on 5th November, we have a talk from watercolour artist Paul Weaver - followed by a workshop on the 6th - both on the topic of Atmospheric Townscapes. See you there!

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Handmade Christmas Gift Fair

This information came through from LAS member Ann Wallace:


I am looking to hold a Christmas Handmade Gift Fair at my Studio selling all handmade artisan pieces over 4 days - (see draft poster, below). I have a few artists supplying me with artwork on a SOR basis with a 30% commission on all sales, but I was just wondering if you thought that any of your members would be interested in getting involved?

I am not looking for lots of pieces just 3 or 4 per artist ( all priced by the artist bearing in mind the commission fee). I do not really have hanging space so 3.D work such as ceramics would be great- I already have a lot of glass work thanks. Any 2.D work can be displayed (framed or mounted) on tabletop stands (these stands should be supplied by the artists along with the work and any specific display instructions)

Any interested artists will need to send me images of the work they are proposing to put into the sale (or at least an example of their work- theme) as well as sizes. I will then be able to select a well rounded range of work for the fair.

I will be doing all the PR and leafleting as well as staffing the event on all 4 days with a card machine available for larger purchases. All that the artists need to do is get the work to me priced and ready to display a week before the event starts so that I can organise the displays. Payment for sales will be sent out by cheque after the events and any unsold work can then be collected.

In addition to the phone number on the poster, Ann can be contacted via email at annwallace136@gmail.com

Christmas Workshops with Ann Wallace

If you're interested in hand making unique Christmas gifts, then LAS member Ann Wallace's November workshops may catch your attention.

All details for the Fused Glass Jewellery and Engraved Glass Snowflake Decorations workshops are on the flyers below, and there are limited places so book early to ensure your place: