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Private View of New Work by Lois Hopwood and LAS President Charles MacCarthy - 11am - 1pm, 26th April, Silk Top Hat
Exhibition of New Paintings by LAS President Charles MacCarthy - 27th April - 23rd May, Silk Top Hat
Exhibition of New Work by Lois Hopwood - 27th April - 23rd May, Silk Top Hat
Beginners and Improvers Linocut Workshop with Dru Cole - 10am - 4pm, 29th April, Bishops Castle - details
Top Hat Tours: Whitworth and Little Moreton Hall - 30th April - details
Top Hat Tours: Bath - 21st May - details
Shropshire Hills Art Week 2015 - 30th May - 7th June - details
The Ludlow Fringe Festival 2015 - 13th June - 5th July - details
Ludlow Fringe Art Trail - 13th June - 5th July - application form
Ludlow Fringe Live Paint Jam - 13th June, 10am - 4pm
Ludlow Fringe Artists' Market - 20th - 21st June, 10am - 4pm, Castle Square - application form

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


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

2015 Spring Exhibition Ends

Our 2015 Spring Exhibition has now ended - I'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in helping it all come together. We did well - the cards proved to be very popular, and our exhibition as a whole turned a small profit. Today the roadside boards will come down, and very shortly all the public's Best In Show votes will be counted - we'll be sure to keep you updated!

The Shropshire Art Society enjoyed their sketch visit to us on 8th April (and were greeted with glorious weather), and of course we are going to visit them in a return trip on 11th July, during their exhibition. Keep your eyes peeled, details to come.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Encaustic Workshop, with Diane Jennings

LAS member and experienced tutor Diane Jennings has a few spaces left for her encaustic workshop on June 6th. During the workshop, you'll use a special electric iron and coloured waxes to make 6 postcard sized ones artworks first, and then a 16"x20" one that will be framed at the end. It sounds great fun!

This workshop will be held at St Peters Parish Rooms,Henley RD, Ludlow, SY8 1QZ, 10am -3pm, and it's £45

For further details, and to see the other workshops Diane offers, follow this link!
You can reach Diane via email dianetheartist@gmail.com  or tel 01584 872013

Monday, 6 April 2015

Reminder - 8th April SAS Sketch Visit

Reposting from 27th March:


A quick reminder - on 8th April members of the Shropshire Art Society will visit the LAS, meeting at about 10.30am at the Harley Centre where our Spring Exhibition will be running, and then we'll all head out and sketch around the town together.

We haven't done an event like this before, and it's a wonderful opportunity to draw and chat with members of a different Art Society. Also, we have a visit organised to see the SAS in July - details to come.

Many thanks to LAS and SAS Member Catherine Downes for suggesting and helping organise this trip - I hope to see you there!

LAS Call to Arms - Sculptors!

I'm reposting the call-out from 24th Jan - we received a good response the first time around, but the window is near to closing so if you're interested then do get in touch!

Are you a skilled sculptor? If you are, I'd be interested in hearing from you - there may be a Fringe project that could make good use of your talents.

Drop me a line at samsketches@yahoo.co.uk and please use the subject LAS Sculptor

Friday, 3 April 2015

LAS 2015 Spring Exhibition

MEMBERS' Spring EXHIBITION
4th - 13th April 2015
at The Harley Centre, Castle Square, Ludlow
10.00am to 5.00pm daily.

The LAS's first exhibition of 2015 is now open! On the evening of April 3rd we held our Private View, which was held against a backdrop of music from the very talented Jack Brett and which was served by a selection of drinks and snacks provided by Lesley Connolly and Susanna Checketts.

We hoped to have artwork from the students of Ludlow College, but due to circumstances beyond the LAS's control at the last minute we found ourselves without. We did, however, have our first ever display of cards our members had produced, as well as our usual wide and beautifully varied selection of paintings and more sculptural pieces on the craft table, and two screens of work from our new President, Charles MacCarthy.

Local businessman and Fringe committee member Adam Tutt opened the show, and Drusilla Cole won the Castle Bookshop Choice award for one of her skillfully-executed linocut pieces, while Lesley Connolly's 'Seedheads' won the Silk Top Hat Choice and Christine Loran's 'Candlelight' was the President's Choice. There are other awards still to be handed out, and we'll keep you updated as soon as they come in!

Some photos of the hanging during the morning:

A selection of pictures from the evening:
Adam Tutt opens the show (left: musician Jack Brett)
Our card display
Blue Aga with Kettle - oil on canvas - Charles MacCarthy
At the Pont Del Oloi, Venice - watercolour - George Loades
Our craft table - featuring work from Elizabeth Moss, Jean Buerhing and Daph Willett
Blue Wash Clematis - pencil and wash - Daph Willett
Bucknell - linocut - Drusilla Cole
Chaenomeles - oil - Ruth Tune
Ludlow Tree Rabbits - acrylic - Diane Jennings
Merlin - pastel - Anne Priest
Moat Farm Autumn - watercolour - Martin Dutton
Portrait of Nicholas - acrylic - Samuel Bebb
Portrait of Gladys - oil - Gabrielle Spencely
The Slipway, Whitby - watercolour - Valerie Alexander
Towards Criccieth - pastel - Wilfred Langford
Treasure Wall - acrylic - David Tedham
Two for Joy - gouache - Miriam Bell
Willow Tit on Artichoke - ink and watercolour - Margaret Oakes

Of course, this is only a small slice of what you can see if you visit our show. If you're nearby, why not drop in? You can vote for which piece you think is 'Best in Show'!

The Pattern Sourcebook, by Dru Cole


LAS committee member Dru Cole has written many books on pattern and textiles, and mid-April has an edited re-print of her Pattern Sourcebook coming out - check out the details HERE.

Pictures from Paul Hipkiss' Talk

Paul began the talk by explaining the history of printing, from its origins in China through to modern day use. He brought a variety of printing materials with him, invited us to try our hands at etching on different materials, and demonstrated relief printing, tinting, and multi-layer stencil and relief work.

Apologies to everyone there for the issue with the lights - the Assembly Rooms are aware of the fault.

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


Next month, on May 14th (to avoid the May fair), we have local artist Dulcie Fulton giving us a talk and demo on the subject of letterpress work. However, before that we've got a sketch visit from the Shropshire Art Society on Wednesday 8th April and handing in and the Private View of our 2015 Spring Exhibition later today!

See you at the Harley Centre.