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Aston on Clun Art Group Exhibition - 10th June - 4th July, Secret Hills Centre, Craven Arms
The Ludlow Fringe Festival 2015 - 13th June - 5th July - details
Ludlow Fringe Art Trail - 13th June - 5th July, EVERYWHERE! Online brochure
Ludlow Fringe / LAS GPS Art Competition - 13th June - 2nd July, EVERYWHERE! - details
Experimental Drawing Workshop with Ann Wallace
- 24th & 25th June, 1st & 2nd July, 8th & 9th July, 15th & 16th July, The Studio, Greenacres, Berrington, Tenbury Wells - details
Fused Glass Jewellery for Beginners - 10.30am - 3.30pm on 27th June and 10.30am - 12.30pm on 4th July, The Studio, Greenacres, Berrington, Tenbury Wells - details
Still Life Drawing in Mixed Media - 1pm - 3pm, 22nd June - 13th July, The Studio, Greenaces, Berrington, Tenbury Wells - details
LAS Evening Meeting: Mixed Media and Textiles with Ginn Downes - 7pm for 7.30pm, 2nd July, The Studio, Ludlow Assembly Rooms - details
Private View: New Work From Shelagh Popham and Matthew Wood - 11am - 1pm, 5th July, Silk Top Hat
'In the Blink of an Eye': New Work by Shelagh Popham - 6th July - 1st August, Silk Top Hat
'The Reader's House, Castle Lodge and Other Paintings': New Work by Matthew Wood - 6th July - 1st August, Silk Top Hat
Isaac Smart's Showcases: Hannah Willow and Elizabeth Terzza Silver Jewellery - 6th July - 1st August, Silk Top Hat
Westhope Craft College Annual Exhibition and Craft Fair - 11th - 12th July, Westhope College - details
Novers Art Day, Experimental Sketching - 10am - 4pm, 12th July, the Novers, Clee Hill - details (requires booking)
Birmingham Watercolour Society Exhibition - 18th July - 1st September, Hanbury Hall - details
Exhibition of Val Alexander's Recent Ludlow Watercolours - 21st July - 23rd August, Chang Thai Bar - details
Church Stretton Arts Festival 2015 - 25th July - 8th August, Church Stretton - details & website
Eighteenth Portrait Summer School - 10am - 4pm, 3rd - 5th August, Library Resource Centre - details

The Eclectic Sofa
- 7pm - 11pm, second and last 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
Note: the class has currently broken for the summer will resume on the first Friday in September.
Friday Group Plein Air trip details are HERE.

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

Friday, 3 July 2015

LAS Sketch Trip to SAS on 11th July

 This is just a quick reminder to all Ludlow Art Society members that we'll be visiting our neighbours at the Shropshire Art Society in Shrewsbury on 11th July for an exciting day of sketching during the SAS' exhibition in St Mary's Church - this trip is being organised by LAS and SAS member Catherine Downes, who says:

"The plan is for your members to arrive between 10 to 10.30 am.  The park and Ride will be operating.  The best place to catch it is at Meole Brace which is on the A5110 I think that is correct,  this is just after Dobbies Roundabout, going straight over the roundabout towards Shrewsbury centre.  If you go on groups of about 4 people the charge is reduced ( normally about £1.70 to about 80p )  I hope that will still be in operation then.  People must produce their  Concession Cards.
The Park and Ride travels in to Town and after it crosses the English Bridge travels up Wyle Cop past the Square then round the town by the river and circles up by the Castle bank and by Marks and Spencers there is the first bus stop suitable to alight, the next best bus stop is in Dog Pole just past the Church of St Marys.  The church has a banner outside on the trees advertising the Exhibition.  There should be one on the railings of the Castle as well so don't get confused.  Sorry it is a ONE WAY system and you will have to go all round before you get off.
We will be at the Church to meet you, (please make yourselves known to one of our members.) where we will arrange for you to have a free drink in the Cafe inside.  Then hopefully you will go round the Exhibition and meet some of our members to chat to and make friends.  If you need anyone to go around with to draw then is the time it can be organised. I will have some maps available so that you can find your way around .   The exhibition and church are FREE so no problems there.  Our members will probably be asked to pay their normal £2 towards the organising and this will be donated to the Church."

Perhaps a comparable donation to the SAS from LAS members would be welcome, too.

If it's easier for you to Googlemap the Church, the address is: St Mary's Street, Dogpole, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1DX
I've also attached a Googlemap screenshot so you can locate the St Mary's that way.

Pictures from Ginn Downes Talk

Ginn led us on a fascinating journey through her life in textiles and art, and brought with her a number of her former students' project books for so we could get an understanding of not just what the various textile processes are, but also how they're taught.

Here are some pictures from the evening (click to enlarge):

Next month, we have our Summer Exhibition! Details coming very soon.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Margaret Oakes

We wish all the best to longtime LAS member Margaret Oakes, who has recently suffered a broken hip and ankle in a fall and is currently recovering in Ludlow hospital - she's doing well, but her activities have been notably curtailed. Anyone who'd like to wish her well should ring the hospital, or drop by during visiting hours (but do ring ahead first, as she will eventually be moved to Woofferton).

Spotlight - Roman Mars Talks Flags

Spotlight tries to cover a wide range of subjects, briefly illuminating various techniques, moments in art history, specific artists and, sometimes, opinion pieces.

This month we have one of those opinion pieces, from US radio host and digital storyteller Roman Mars in his TED talk titled, 'Why city flags may be the worst-designed thing you've never noticed'.

The blurb from the talk reads: 'Roman Mars is obsessed with flags — and after you watch this talk, you might be, too. These ubiquitous symbols of civic pride are often designed, well, pretty terribly. But they don't have to be. In this surprising and hilarious talk about vexillology — the study of flags — Mars reveals the five basic principles of flag design and shows why he believes they can be applied to just about anything.'

If you know of 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, 27 June 2015

Eighteenth Portrait Summer School

Thanks to Chris Bean for sending this information along - the Summer Schools are great fun, you don't want to miss out!

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The schools start at 10 o’clock and finish at 4 o’clock each day with a one hour lunch break and a half hour  coffee break  in the morning and a half hour tea break in the afternoon. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided.

The School is held on the top floor of the Resource Centre, which is part of the Library in Parkway (by the big car park behind the Co-op).
There is a lift from the entrance hall to the Library up to the second floor. It’s a good idea to dump your gear in the library entrance hall , park the car in the lower tier of the car park (cost £2.40 for the day), walk back to the Library , reclaim your gear and use the lift to the top floor.
Equipment can be left in the studio for the three days.

The charge for the  three days will be £60 including tea and coffee.
Please book early as space and numbers are restricted.


Either book and pay on the day or send a cheque to Chris Bean at
Aston House, Aston Munslow, Craven Arms, SY7 9ER
Phone: 01584841 668
Gmail: cbeanatastonhouse@gmail.com

Gladys will be modelling and Chris Bean will be tutoring.
If numbers justify it there will be a male model too.

Please bring all materials with you including easels or drawing boards and book as soon as possible because space is limited.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Upcoming - Ginn Downes Talk

On Thursday 2nd July we have guest artist Ginn Downes visiting us to talk about her work as a mixed media and textile artist. She says:

"I have been sewing, creating textile and art pieces all my life and strongly believe that "creativity feeds the soul". I was trained in Fashion and Textiles but have a love of all things creative.  During the past 29 years, I have been fortunate to teach students of a wide age range and for 11 years, enjoyed running the Textiles Department at Hereford 6th Form College.

I now run my own creative workshops, which include art and textiles techniques to sewing methods. I am passionate that everyone should be given the opportunity to discover their own creative potential and my new venture enables me to re-kindle a passion to create my own artwork, as well as enabling others to do the same."

Ginn has kindly sent along a few examples of her work ahead of her talk, which will be mainly about the process of using art, drawing, painting, etc, and translating it into textile pieces:

The talk is at our usual time, so please arrive 7pm for 7.30pm, The Studio in Ludlow Assembly Rooms, and it's £3 for members, £4 for guests.
See you there!

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Sketch Trip to Visit the SAS

On Saturday 11th July, we have a sketch trip to see the Shropshire Art Society during their exhibition at St Mary's church. We'll aim to get there between 10am and 10.30am, and will be met by members of the SAS. SAS members attending will be paying their usual £2 for the event which will go to St Mary's, and I'm sure they would appreciate a similar donation from any LAS members, although the exhibition itself is free.

Here's what happened when the SAS came to Ludlow earlier in the year: The SAS visit Ludlow