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Friday, 12 February 2016

Renoir: Revered & Reviled

On Tuesday 16th February the Ludlow Assembly Rooms is hosting an event on Renoir, presented by Exhibitions on Screen. Tickets are £12 / £10 concession, and you can find all the details on the LAR's page by clicking the picture below:

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Pea Green Cafe Exhibition Change

The LAS' display at the Pea Green Cafe (in the Mascall Centre) is being changed by curator and LAS Secretary Pat Innes next week - if you'd like your work to be part of the new display just drop Pat a line at patricia@innesbooks.co.uk
It's worth noting that, for works displayed at the PGC, while there is the usual 20% commission there is no hanging fee!

Late Love Poems

A mite different, but it may be of interest to members - 'Late Love Poems', a mixed media performance with poet Steve Griffiths on Monday 15th February, 7pm at the Ludlow Library. All details are on the poster below:

Click to enlarge!

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Pictures from Matt Smart's Talk

On Thursday 4th February we began our programme for the year with an amazing talk from sculptor Matt Smart. Matt brought along a number of his sculptures (which we showed in the preview post for this event, link HERE) as well as some of the earths he likes to work with, and explained his thoughts behind the creation of his art, which is informed by the way that he looks at the world.

As the talk ended we found ourselves in an animated discussion on the philosophies behind art, communication, and an individual's connection with and influences (many unconscious) from our surroundings.

You can see, below, some pictures from the evening - click to enlarge them:

Matt's works will be back in Ludlow over the Fringe Festival, so keep a look out for updates on this blog.

We also ran the first of our Monthly Draw mini-events that evening. If you weren't there, here's how it works:

1) During the break, audience members are asked to write a simple topic down on a piece of paper. These pieces are added to a hat and one is drawn - this is the topic for the month.
2) During the month, any LAS members who would like to take part are invited to make a drawing or sketch on the given theme, and bring it to the next meeting.
3) This does not have to be a finished piece, sketches are very welcome. There are also no limits on medium and no restrictions on size (though for myself, I'm looking at A4 as something easier to travel with).

We tested it out this time with a topic that just the Committee members worked on, 'Chinese Fish', an idea given to us by Tom Crowe. We did draw a new topic from a host of suggestions, and if you'd like to have a go next month then the theme for our next meeting (our AGM on Thursday 3rd March) is Construction Site. See you at the AGM!

Sunday, 31 January 2016

LCS - the Newlyn School and the Beginnings of British Impressionism

On 10th February at 7pm (doors at 6.30pm), in Oscars at the Assembly Rooms, the Ludlow Civic Society is holding a talk on the Newlyn School and the beginnings of British Impressionism. This is given by James Pearn,  a former head of the Picture Department at Christies, South Kensington, with many years of auctioneering experience both in London and the Provinces

You can find all the details HERE.

Thanks to John Jarvis for spotting this!

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Spotlight - Mary Beale

Mary Beale, self portrait, date uncertain

This month, Spotlight takes a look at Mary Beale, 'the first professional female English painter'.

Perhaps Mary's life wasn't overly dramatic when compared with, say, Caravaggio or Van Gogh, but in a time where her field was occupied almost entirely by men she was something of an exception.

You can find a biography of her HERE, and a collection of over 130 of her works HERE - as you can see, her speciality was portraiture.

If you'd like to find out more about women in art, a good place to begin might be the website of the National Museum of Women in the Arts - although the museum is based in New York, the website has a lot of information.

Of particular relevance to Mary Beale is a short NMWA article about the 16th and 17th centuries.

If you know any great art websites or articles, why not share them here? Send your suggestions to samsketches@yahoo.co.uk - please note that this isn't for self-promotion!

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Query - Potential Shared Studio

The old Sitting Room, above the Thai Box, is going to be rented out in the near future. What we'd like to do is see how many LAS members would, in theory, be interested in clubbing together to split the rent and use the space as a communal studio. The LAS used to have a studio of our own, but our members haven't had the opportunity to use such a space for quite some time.

The old SR has a sink, socket for a kettle, and a bathroom. For lighting, we think it would be suitable but of course we'd ask to have a look around with lighting specifically in mind.

For now we're just making a list of how many people are interested, but if there's enough of a response then we can start getting into details. This is obviously not open-ended as other people will be looking to rent the space too.

A couple of LAS members have already expressed interest - if you'd like to get some more details, then please drop me a line at samsketches@yahoo.co.uk