Exhibitions and Other News
Our 2020 Monday art sessions for members were suspended from 17th March until the 13th July end of Lockdown #1 when they restarted at VAR,
with full precautions in place and members advised to wear masks as required. During Lockdown #2 sessions were again suspended and instead occasional Zoom online demonstrations by professional artists were arranged for members. We restarted Art sessions at VAR from December 7th under Tier 2 hobby group rules, however only a very limited number of members were prepared to attend the weekly sessions. From January 4th 2021, art sessions have again been suspended until further notice due to yet another lockdown. Meanwhile we have started encouraging members to create artworks on monthly Themes - see the new section.
During 2020 we had been mounting an exhibition of artworks for sale in the inner gallery of Victoria Hall in Oakham High Street, as part of the Hall's Pictures For Pleasure exhibition which is usually open to the public on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays approx.9.00am until 4.00pm (when the plantsman and Hall Trustee John Snell has his stall outside). Other artists also exhibit in the gallery space. Notices are posted up near our Oakham Art Group works should anyone wish to make a purchase, and prices are mostly well below £100. Or you can use the Contact Us button above top right. Please note - Currently this exhibition is CLOSED.
Our Summer 2019 Exhibition was held over 19 days in late summer at Stamford Arts Centre. Twenty of the thirty members exhibited and 14 artworks were sold. We hope to return to this heavily pre-booked venue for a fortnight in 2021, having last secured a much sought after gallery booking there in 2016.
Occasionally we have local artists run demonstration sessions, and in November 2018 we engaged Peter Barker RSMA of Uppingham to paint in oils a winter frosty scene of a bend on the River Welland with rural fields, trees and telegraph poles in the misty background. His expertise with almost photographic detail in only about 90 minutes was very well demonstrated, as was his remarkable skill at filling in foliage and realistic detail only using a small part of the bristles of a one inch decorator’s domestic paint brush. Do visit his new gallery in Hope's Yard, Uppingham just off the High Street to see his truly fabulous paintings.