Exhibitions and Other News
Autumn 2021 Exhibition - We mounted an exhibition of our Artworks For Sale in the Gallery at Stamford Arts Centre, from 8th November until Saturday 20th November. Our members’ artworks attracted 12 sales, which compared well with our last visit to this fine venue in late summer 2019, and we really look forward to exhibiting there again.
On Monday 22nd November 2021 our art session at VAR comprised a Watercolours Workshop with professional artist Phil Biggs from Spalding, who guided our eleven participants through the stages of creating a Lakeland scene with a farmhouse, distant hills, trees and a drystone wall, much enjoyed by all.
From July 2021 the Group restarted "normal" art sessions on Monday afternoons 1.30 to 3.30 at the VAR Gover Centre conference room in Lands' End Way, using any precautions as set out in the latest anti-Covid regulations.
During 2020 between lockdowns we had 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 exhibitions. Other artists also exhibited in the gallery space. Our prices were mostly well below £100. (This gallery space is currently occupied in 2021 by other users).
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 at some stage in the coming years, having previously 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. (Since the pandemic started in earnest in early 2020, we've had several demonstrations via Zoom to our homes).