What's On

What's On

Next Art! Squad - on hold for now, will start again in the Autumn - details
The Big Draw - 1st October - 2nd November - details

Heraldry and Still Life Courses with Angela Gladwell - 9 weeks starting 6th October, then 9 more weeks in the spring - details
Shropshire Open Art Exhibition - 13th October - 17th November - details
'Lifting the Canopy': An Exhibition of New Work by Celia de Serra - 20th October - 15th November, Silk Top Hat
Drawn to Nature, Wildlife and Countryside Paintings - 18th - 19th October, Dunchurch Village Hall - details
Hallowe'en Horrorfest Exhibition - 10am - 4pm daily, 19th October - 1st November, Bear Steps Gallery, Shrewsbury - details
'An Awkward Beauty': an Exhibition of Paintings by Lucy Jones - 20th October - 15th November, Silk Top Hat
Isaac Smart's Showcase: Sarah Packington Acrylic Jewellery
- 20th October - 15th November, Silk Top Hat
Isaac Smart's Showcase: Claire Cawte Textiles - 20th October - 15th November, Silk Top Hat
Linocut Workshops with Dru Cole - 29th October and 26th November, Bishops Castle - details
Ludlow Fringe Open Evening - 7pm, 30th October, Ludlow Brewery - details
Cleobury Methodist Church Festival of Art - 1st November 10am-5pm, 2nd November 1pm-5pm - details
International Self Portrait Day - 1st November, all day, everywhere! Details
LAS Evening Meeting: Watercolour Demo with George Loades - 7pm for 7.30pm, 6th November, Ludlow Assembly Rooms
The Small Picture Show - 7th - 10th November, St Michael's Church, Discoed - details
Ludlow Open Artist Development Workshop #1 - Understanding the Art Market - 10am - 1pm, 20th Nov, Yarpole Village Hall - details
Chistmas Card Linocut Workshop with Dru Cole - 4th December, Bishops Castle - 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

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

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Spotlight - Alma Tadema's Spring

The weather's getting colder, isn't it? Summer's long past, but Spotlight can still provide a little warmth with this month's feature on Lawrence Alma Tadema's masterwork, Spring.

Over at the Muddy Colors blog, artist Howard Lyon gives us some details about the painting, as well as several close-ups (and if your connection is up to it, a link to a 53mb high-resolution scan of the work). The link to Howard's post is here: http://muddycolors.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/spring-lawrence-alma-tadema.html

In addition, Mr Lyon also links to Getty Publication's Virtual Library, where you can find a free to view or download copy of the 1990 book 'Lawrence Alma Tadema: Spring' by Louise Lippincott - "The author traces the history of the painting and provides an analysis of its sources, composition, and symbolism. The book is lavishly illustrated and includes many details from the painting." You can find that link here: http://www.getty.edu/publications/virtuallibrary/0892361867.html?subject=hstr

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.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Reminder: International Self Portrait Day - November 1st

A quick reminder:

November 1st (this Saturday) is International Self Portrait Day! It's a loosely organised event, which is currently based on this Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SelfPortraitDay

Here's how it works: on November 1st, you create a self-portrait using any medium you like. That's it!

I thought it'd be interesting to see what Ludlow Art Society members come up with this year, so, if you take part, it'd be fantastic if you emailed a picture of your work to me at samsketches@yahoo.co.uk, and then I'll gather them all together for a mini-gallery blog post right here!

Monday, 27 October 2014

Upcoming - George Loades Talk

For our very last event of 2014, on Thursday 6th November we have local artist and LAS Committee member George Loades - who claimed both the top spot for the public's choice and the Silk Top Hat Choice in our 2014 Summer Exhibition - giving us a demonstration of his watercolour techniques, and talking a little about his process along the way.

Below you can see George's award-winning painting, Above Dhustone:
Please arrive 7pm for 7.30pm, it's £3 for LAS Members, £4 for guests, and everyone's welcome. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Hope you can make it!

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Ludlow Open Artist Development Workshops

This may be of interest to LAS members, and is being run by Jo King, curator of the Ludlow Open and the lady who opened our Summer Exhibition.


LOAD (Ludlow Open Artist Development) Workshops are offered only to artists living/working in The Marches area (Shropshire, Herefordshire & Gloucestershire).  We are delivering 3 half day workshops in two series throughout autumn/winter 2014/15.  These can be attended individually or as a complete series, depending on your interest and schedule.  To facilitate access each workshop is held in a different location in The Marches.  Arts Council England have recognised that it is difficult for artists in this area to access business development support; LOAD workshops have been developed as a response to this and I am very grateful for the Arts Council’s support in subsidising these workshops, and hope you all find some valuable interest and stimulation.  Places are limited so please book in advance to confirm your place.
A three hour participatory workshop unravelling and demystifying the art world, including how to evaluate your own practice and place in the art market and what to DO about it.
Date & time:  Thursday 20th Nov 2014, 10am to 1pm.
Venue:  Yarpole Village Hall, Yarpole, Leominster HR6. 
Cost:  £10, by cheque or online transfer in advance of the workshop.
How to book:  By email to info@ludlowopen.org, and I will forward payment details.
Bring:  Notebook and pen.
Refreshments:  Tea, coffee and cake courtesy of Ludlow Open.
To facilitate informal discussion places are limited to 10, and I already have a few booked in, so do contact me asap to book a place.  And please forward this email to anyone you feel may be interested.
The other two workshops in the series will be held in December, they are on Funding and Public Art Commissioning and on Marketing for Free.  More info to follow.
Please do contact me if you would like any further info or want to book in.
Jo King
Curator/Director Ludlow Open
07803 251736
01568 780786

Hallowe'en Horrorfest at the Bear Steps

At the Bear Steps Art Gallery, St Alkmund's Place, Shrewsbury (tel 01743 344994). The flyer has all the details:

Membership Forms update

Please note, we have updated our Membership Forms - they're now to be sent to a new address, as our Membership Secretary has moved! As always, the forms are on the Membership & Exhibition Forms page to the right.

Don't forget, renewal of membership comes up next month!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Ludlow Fringe Open Evening

This may be of interest to Ludlow Art Society members. You might have heard by now that the Ludlow Arts Festival has been axed (story here: http://www.ludlowadvertiser.co.uk/news/11550654.Shock_as_Ludlow_Arts_Festival_is_axed/) - this is a meeting inviting everyone local to come along and see what the Fringe Festival is doing.

The poster below has all the details, and I'll be there as visual arts and LAS representative.