What's On


What's On


Next Art! Squad - on hold for now, will start again in the Autumn - details
Secret Hills Art Cafe 10th Anniversary Exhibition, "Hedges, Edges and Boundaries" - 26th July - 2nd Sept, Discovery Centre, Craven Arms

Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2014 Exhibition
- 30th August - 5th October, Ludlow Assembly Rooms - details
LAS Evening Meeting: Members' Work Night - 4th September, 7pm for 7.30pm, Ludlow Assembly Rooms - details (nb - the cost is actually £2 this month, not £3/£4 as advertised on the poster)
h.Art Week 2014 - 6th - 14th September - details
Top Hat Tours: Oxford - 18th September - 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
Exhibition of Drawings by Celia de Serra - 20th October - 15th November, Silk Top Hat
Solo Show of Work by Lucy Jones - 20th October - 15th November, Silk Top Hat

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
The group has now broken for the summer. The new season begins on September 5th.
Details of the Friday Group's summer plein air trips can be found here.

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


Sunday, 31 August 2014

Members' Work Night Update

This Thursday's Members' Work Night is only going to cost £2 per person, rather than the usual £3 for LAS Members and £4 for guests (which was listed on the poster, but this new lower charge supersedes that), as we don't have to cover the costs of a speaker.

This Work Night is something of an experiment - we'd love to see you there, and if it proves popular we'll look at running similar events in 2015.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Spotlight - Urban Sketchers

This month, Spotlight's looking towards the website Urban Sketchers. Based in Washington, US, their manifesto is as follows:
  1. We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.
  2. Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel.
  3. Our drawings are a record of time and place.
  4. We are truthful to the scenes we witness.
  5. We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.
  6. We support each other and draw together.
  7. We share our drawings online.
  8. We show the world, one drawing at a time.

It's basically plein-air work with (mostly) very minimal kit, and there are lots of different approaches on show. I don't know about you, but reading through their website makes me want to head out with a sketchbook!

You can find the site right here: www.urbansketchers.org

If you know any great art websites or articles, why not share them here? I'm also going to ask, this time around, if there's something specific you'd like to see from Spotlight. Do you want to see galleries of work you may not be familiar with? Is it technique-based articles you like the most? Opinion pieces? Art history? Let me know! Send your suggestions to samsketches@yahoo.co.uk - please note that this isn't for self-promotion.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Upcoming - Members' Work Night

Don't forget, on Thursday 4th September we're hosting a Work Night for our evening meeting. You can find all the details on the promotional poster, designed by Anne Fox:


Hope to see you there!

Exhibition Awards and Best in Show

The Summer Exhibition may be over, but there's still more to announce - Castle Bookshop, Silk Top Hat, the Ludlow Brewery and the Chang Thai all made their selections for best piece in show, and the public also cast their votes!


  • The Castle Bookshop Choice went to John Willets for 'Stiperstones from Vessons'
  • The Ludlow Brewery Choice is still TBC
  • The Silk Top Hat Choice went to George Loades for 'Above Dhustone'
  • The Chang Thai Choice went to Dave Tedham for 'Starshell'

  • 3rd place in the public's vote for Best in Show went to Val Alexander for 'Plockton'
  • 2nd place went to Jean Simnett for 'Lavender Farm'
  • 1st place went to George Loades for 'Above Dhustone'

Well done to the winners, and thank you to everyone who voted!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Ludlow Advertiser Covers LAS Exhibition

Our Summer Exhibition has been featured in the Ludlow Advertiser :)

Ali Huddart and Val Alexander admire Lesley Connolly's painting 'Sun Worship'

You can find the link HERE.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

The LAS at Above Boards 2014

Originally, three LAS members were due to paint at Above Boards, a two-day music and street art event that's part of the Kidderminster Arts Festival and took place this weekend. Unfortunately, Lesley Connolly was just too busy, but Tom Crowe and I were there, spray cans in hand!

Tom working on his painting
The 4x4ft wooden board I'd expected? No. A 5x8ft metal door. Improv time!
Tom chatting with Kidderminster-based artist Aidan Ryan
Preparing the background for my piece.
Tom's finished piece
My final piece. The gold is metallic.

Friday, 15 August 2014

2014 Summer Exhibition!

MEMBERS' SUMMER EXHIBITION
16th - 25th August 2014
at The Harley Centre, Castle Square, Ludlow
10.00am to 5.00pm daily.

Our second show of the year is now open! The private view was held on the evening of the 15th, where we were treated to live music from Jack Brett, and an excellent selection of drinks and nibbles provided by Susanna Checketts and Lesley Connolly. We were pleased to have a table of work from Loudwater Studios, which is sponsored by the VisionHomes charity, we displayed a painting from the late Jean Williams, former chair of the LAS (with details about a retrospective exhibition of hers on 15th and 16th August at the Ludlow Methodist Church in Broad Street), and in addition to all the paintings we also had a wonderful craft table, with sculpture, glasswork, tiles and a painted LP.

Ludlow Open curator Jo King formally opened the show, and one of the prizes, the Silk Top Hat choice, was awarded to George Loades for his painting Above Dhustone. The other prizes (for the Ludlow Brewery choice, the Chang Thai choice, and the Castle Bookshop choice) will be awarded soon, and shortly after that will be mentioned here!

Below you will find a selection of pictures from the evening:

The Jean Williams Retrospective Display

The Craft Table (Jean Buehring, Tom Crowe, Sam Manley, Gabrielle Spencely and Daph Willet)

50 Shades of Green, Oil, Diane Jennings

Work from Loudwater Studios

Blind Date, Acrylic, Lesley Connolly

Caernarfon Estuary, Mixed Media, Rob Leckey

Cotswold Lavender Farm, Oils, Jean Simnett

Harvest Home, Acrylic, Richard Bell

Mortimer's Very Cross, Watercolour, Lynne Allen

Nude Sketch, Charcoal, Alastair Huddart

Shropshire Peace, Acrylic, Catherine Downes

Study in Glass, Oil on Linen, Pat Innes

Tea Break, Gouache, Roy Willett

The Bridge at Verucola Liguria, Watercolour, Val Alexander RBSA SFP

Venice Evening Light, Watercolour, Keith Noble RSMA

Young Swan Reflecting, Wood Engraving, Trevor Innes

This is, as always, just a tiny selection of the works on display. Why not drop by, take a look? You can vote for the picture you think is 'best in show'!

That's it for exhibitions for this year, but we'll be back in 2015! In the meantime, you're welcome to join us for our upcoming evening meeting on 4th September, when we'll have still life displays set up for you to come along and draw or paint - see you there!