News Updates 19th March - 6th April 2021
Next Online Demonstration - Thursday 8th April 6.30pm for 7.00pm
Ronnie Ireland - The Humble Pencil
Ronnie says, “ I’ve only got a pencil - Never overlook the humble pencil - it’s our best friend! Different types of pencil, different techniques for different reasons from quick sketches to larger scale finished works, the pencil can do them all!”
A Zoom invite went out to our Members by email on 31st March, and again after Easter on 6th April. Ronnie will be hosting the meeting and will begin his demonstration at 7.00pm. People will be able to join from 6.30pm onwards meaning there'll be a good half hour to welcome everyone, pass on any messages and to sort out any technical glitches. During the demo, we ask everyone to mute their mics and also turn off their videos and ask any questions via Chat (text only)This is to conserve bandwidth and avoid connectivity issues. Ronnie will record the demo' for those unable to watch live and / or would like to watch it again. To enable WAG to waive subscriptions this year to everyone who joined in 2020, we need to charge a small joining fee to cover Ronnie’s £150 fee for the evening. Details about how to pay were included in the emails. Ronnie's booking is thanks to Clair Clark, our current organiser of artist demonstrations and talks. Her predecessor Jane Moody booked him to give this demonstration at St. Mary’s Church a year ago, but then the first Covid-19 lockdown happened. Visit Ronnie’s website to see his artwork - https://www.ronnieirelandart.com
Image above: Phil Rogers - Beyond Parody - watercolour (2021)
On 19th March a short questionnaire went out to members, about how and when we might be able to return to our normal face-to-face events assuming the Government’s timetable is still on track come the summer. Thank you to everyone who replied with their responses. They indicate support for a virtual AGM / EGM. The Committee will see if they can organise this as electing a new Committee is overdue and we still need people to come forward and continue to keep this Group running. It seems our members generally feel more confident about resuming physically distanced face-to-face activities (evening meetings and classes) now most of them have had at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. It remains difficult to plan amid the continuing uncertainty about how things will pan out as the year goes on. For now, we've pencilled in dates for resuming classes in late June and / or September. The Committee will need to agree when they next meet in May but whether the classes run or not, will depend on enough people signing up to them to cover all the expenses involved.
There seems to be less support for the untutored Wednesday painting sessions in Sarisbury Green now which have until now enabled our members to meet and paint as friendly informal vibe prevails.
St.Mary's Warsash 150th Anniversary
2021 is the 150th anniversary of its consecration of the Church so the vicars are looking at how to celebrate the building. They plan to hold a flower festival and some services around the actual date in September. In the meantime: a call-out for paintings and sketches to feature on the front cover of Warsash Parish News and possibly an art exhibition at the church in 2022. Revd Nicky-Sue Terry says that our members are welcome to paint and sketch in the churchyard now (early April 2021) and, when Covid-19 restrictions ease further, indoors. Please follow government social distancing guidelines and wear a face mask when inside the building.
Copies of the Warsash Parish News can be downloaded from the St. Mary's website and paper copies have been back in production since last September. They should be available to buy from the One Stop - Post Office in Warsash Road. The cover of the January 2021 issue features a line drawing of the church by the late Paul Cope, a former WAG Chairman. February’s issue has a watercolour. Revd Nicky-Sue is also trying to track down three artists whose paintings/ drawings hang in the St. Mary’s Church Hall building, with a view to getting their permission to photograph and reproduce them in the WPN.
Does anyone here know, and know where to contact: LS Smith (watercolour, no date); M. Robson or Barry Davis (line drawing, 2004)? Please contact Nicky-Sue (see the above website) if you do.
The vicars and their staff are also looking forward to our eventual return to Thursday evening meetings and Tuesday classes in the hall.
St. Mary's Warsash https://www.stmarywarsash.org.uk/
Other Arty Happenings
Garrowby Hill via Fareham - this link goes to a piece about Fareham Art Group's winter lockdown painting project, written by Warsash and Fareham member Carole Jarman
WAG Year 2021/22 - Quasi-AGM
Ist March 2021
Image: Hilary Hemingway - "Tanglewood"
Under normal circumstances Warsash Art Group’s 2021 Annual General Meeting would be this Thursday but due to the Covid situation, it is postponed. In its place, the following documents were sent out to Members today (3 emails):
A/ Contacts 2021/22 – Today 1st March – sent separately as pdf file attachment with Email 2 of 3
B/ AGM-related documents: Reports from the Chairman and other Committee Members – Today 1st March, email 3 of 3, with pdf attachment
Last year’s AGM Minutes (5th March 2020) – today 1st March, with pdf attachment. The links here go to copies of these documents, but with all personal details removed for privacy reasons.
3/ Treasurer’s Report / Accounts when available
4/ Membership Renewal Forms for everyone who did not renew in 2020 – form as pdf file attachment
If you're a member of our Group but the contents of A/ and/or B/ don’t reach you or you have any comments or questions, please email the Secretary.
News Update 18th January - 2021
Sunlight over the Salute, Venice. A two-hour watercolour painting demo by artist Cecil Rice
Thursday 4th February, 7.00pm-9.00pm via Zoom - Invite and Information
An email went out to Members on Monday 18th January with full details, including a Zoom invite link to join the meeting. If you have not received this email please email Joan via her gmail address or Warsash Art Group's address. If you a member of Warsash Art Group who has not given us your email address and would like to participate in this event, please use get in touch via the Contact tab here. I’ll resend this link to Members a few days before the demo. Some of you may already be well acquainted with the Zoom app, and already have it installed on your device. If you’re new to it, I’d strongly recommend that installing it and trying it out during the next fortnight. Download it via this link, or go to the App Store on your device.
He is going to record the demo and make it available for up to a month afterwards, for anyone who is unable to watch live on the night, or for anyone wanting to view it again. He will make it available via his Google drive a few days after the demo. If you watch live, or the recording at least once, please let one of us know so that we can gauge members’ interest. Programme Organiser Clair Clark has arranged this for the Group and it is being funded from our bank account. Therefore we’d like to have as many members watching as possible and would appreciate your feedback. If it is well supported, we will consider booking another virtual demonstration in the early spring.
Image: Cecil Rice
News Update 4th January 2021
I hope you’re all safe and well and were able to celebrate Christmas in some way, even though things were very different and unsettled this time. Myself and the Committee now wish you all a happy and healthy new year and look forward to resuming our normal programme or face-to-face activities when we can. Because the Covid situation has meant that we’ve been unable to meet since last March, subscriptions for the year 2021/22, due on 1st April, will be free to everyone who renewed in 2020 (about 120 Members).
Festive cards, arts and crafts – winner and runners up
Thank you to everyone who sent me images of their Christmas cards and paintings and to everyone who voted. The votes are now in and I’m pleased to announce the winners and the two runners up:
Winner – Heather Jay for her Painting Winter in the Forest (the stag above) (28 points)
1st Runner Up – Kay Le Poidevin for her painting of a highland cow with bells and holly on the left antler (24 points)
2nd Runner Up – Chris Lewis for her puffin in the snow, a card for her sister (21 points)
They will all be receiving vouchers from Hobbycraft which can be spent online or in their stores (once they reopen). 23 people voted, mainly by email. I gave 3 points to top choices, 2 for 2nd and 1 for 3rd. There were ten entries and everyone had votes. All the entries are still viewable on the Gallery pages of our website: the first ten images.
They are also on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WarsashArtGroup
And our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/782669058956129
Date for Your Diary – Thursday 4th February 2021 - 7.00 – 9.00pm – Zoom Demonstration with Cecil Rice
A reminder about the above online artist demonstration, booked for Members by Clair Clark, our Evening Meetings Programme Organiser. He will be painting a Venice Scene in watercolour. It will be free for paid-up Members to watch and the first event we’ve organised since last March. Please for now put the above date and time in the diary and support it on the night. More details to follow later in January.
I’ll continue to keep Members up to date by email and shortened versions of these new updates can be found on the News pages of our website (contact details and other personal information omitted). They may be useful to Members who have not provided the Group with an email address. If you are in touch any of them, you may like to point them in that direction.
Arty Happenings Online
This is a link to Rob Trent’s latest You Tube video showing his seascapes and other paintings of a watery theme. Rob has been a member of WAG for nearly three years and was recently elected a full member of the Association of Mouth and Foot Painters.
Scene Through Wood: A Century of Modern Wood Engraving
This is a virtual overview of the exhibition curated by printmaker / wood engraver Anne Desmet RA RE SWE in 2020. It was held at the Ashmolean in Oxford for three months from August. It was due to come to St. Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington from mid-January It is due to run there until 13th March so it may still be possible to see it live, in Hampshire if lockdown restrictions ease before then. I was sorry to miss this one last year as one of the engravers selected for the show was John Bryce RE SWE, a full member of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers, and the father of your Secretary. Other SWE members living in the Hampshire area include Kate Dicker, Garrick Palmer and Maggie Storm. More about the show and images of work by their members on the Society of Wood Engraver’s website
News Updates December 2020
4th February 2021 7-9pm - Save the Date!
Good news: Evening Meetings Programme Organiser has booked a virtual artist demonstration, via Zoom, with Cecil Rice. He will be painting a Venice Scene in watercolour. It will be free for paid-up Members to watch and the first event we’ve organised since last March. Please for now put the above date and time in the diary and support it on the night. More details to follow in the new year.
Thank you to everyone who sent me images of their festive themed cards / pictures / craft work so far. I’m taking entries until Friday, 18th December. Send them by email to me: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org You can then vote for your favourite until Sunday 3rd January. I’ll announce the winner and send out vouchers to the top three shortly after that. Vote by emailing me, giving the entry number of your top three choices, or do similarly via the Warsash Art Group Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/782669058956129 or our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WarsashArtGroup When all the entries are in, there will be a post there with images of all the entries. The Gallery on our Website will be reordered, to show the festive entries first.
Our Venues for classes and evening meetings
The good news from St. Mary’s Church Hall, Warsash is our slots for Thursday evenings and daytime tutored Tuesday classes are secured for our eventual return once Covid-19 guidelines allow.
For the untutored sessions which I understand have taken place at Sarisbury Green since the 1980s, organiser Aniska Ballingall is currently seeking possible alternative venues to Sarisbury Green Parish Rooms. The Committee there have done everything they can to fit in fairly the various groups who have met there until now, but the only time which might be available during the week next year is 4.00-6.00pm on Thursdays. This is still non-ideal: congestion and parking hassle during the afternoon-early evening rush hour. Tight timing before monthly Thursday evening demonstrations at St. Mary’s Church Hall; timing would be tight and Aniska isn’t free then. If anyone is interested in that time and can organise, please let Aniska or myself know.
Help Wanted to Keep the Group Running
Warsash Art Group continues to operate online next year online or can meet in person, we will need more members to play and active part in keeping the Group running. That includes taking on key roles, including a new Treasurer. For various reasons, several people on the current committee have found it increasingly difficult to continue where they are. Therefore they are standing down as of now or are seriously considering doing so early next year. Joan Lee intends to continue as Secretary for 2021, but could use some assistance in some areas at the busiest times of year (March - June and summer exhibition time). If anyone can assist her, that would be good. Is there anyone out there who might be able to help as Facebook as admins or moderators to better keep everything up to date? We'll more early next year, but if you can help the Group in any way it would be greatly appreciated.
Warsash Art Group and Covid-19
As it says on our homepage, Warsash Art Group's programme of events remains suspended. Both St. Mary's Church Hall, Sarisbury Green Parish Rooms and Warsash Victory Hall were closed from the middle of March, during the spring national lockdown and much of the summer in line with government guidelines. Our programme will resume when the Committee can be confident that it can do so safely and fairly, especially as many our members are at high risk from Covid-19.
We were able to hold one evening meeting on 6th February: a wildlife painting demonstration and talk by Pip McGarry who judged our 2019 Annual Exhibition. It proved very popular and attracted new members. Our Annual General meeting was on 5th March and attendance was well down on usual, reflecting the very the understandable and growing anxiety about the Covid-19 threat in the UK and abroad. The rest is history. In late April, our Chairman also made the difficult decision of cancelling our 62nd Annual Exhibition which was due to have taken place during the last four days of August. We hope to hold it during the equivalent week in 2021 and the Victory Hall has been booked. Getting up and running again will depend not only on when the halls can reopen but also whether or not social distancing and Covid-safe hygiene is practical. In the meantime, I (Joan the Secretary) have encouraged our members to share artwork they have created at home this year on the Gallery pages of this website (all labelled 2020). See also Facebook - Warsash Art Group and Instagram #warsashartgroup . Here (left) is Kay Le Poidevin's painting of Hill Head Harbour in watercolour and gouache and an oil painting of lillies by Rob Trent.
2019 Annual Exhibition
The show began with the Preview evening on Wednesday 14th August, where the show was opened by the Mayor of Fareham. Our poster artist this year was WAG member Rachael Brown, with her fused glass art. The Mayor's Choice for painting was awarded to Alan Akerman for "Brollies" - the Mayor said it made him smile. The Judge was wildlife painter Pip McGarry. His Judge's Choice was Pink Ferry painted by Susan Page. Alan Akerman's Trafalgar Bound was Highly Commended. Heather Jay's pendants won the Judge's Choice for 3D work and Michael Conduit's wood turned Small Indoor Plant Tub was Highly Commended. Both the Mayor and Judge praised the high level of talent evident among our Group by artists who do not necessarily have any formal training in painting or artwork more generally; but have instead acquired their skills from informal art courses, classes and belonging to groups such as this one. Pip McGarry was impressed with the wide variety of styles and genres and found it so hard to choose his favourite picture that, before announcing his final choice, he gave his longlist (of 23 pictures) and shortlist (of 5). Alan Akerman's historical marine painting Trafalgar Bound was the visitors' favourite and Steve Phelps's Electric Guitar was the visitors' favourte on the 3D art and craft table. The Victory Hall is already booked for 2020, during Hampshire Open Studios week. Preparations are already underway. All Warsash Art Group members can exhibit and there's no selection. If you are planning to put work into the show, please think about how you can help out while the show is on, including stewarding and helping set up / dismantle the screens etc at the start and finish.
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