And the winner of the 2013 Summer Exhibition People’s Prize is…

Our Summer Exhibition in St. Mary’s Church ended on 13th July with record sales achieved and over 50 paintings (framed and unframed) sold. Congratulations to all artists who exhibited as we received many wonderful comments from the viewing public about the quality of the exhibition overall and about many of the individual works on show.

Our Chairman Wilf Langford was featured in the Shropshire Star, early in the exhibition, holding ‘Shades of Summer’ by Wen Williamson (winner of the Judy Townsend Memorial prize) – we were delighted to receive this coverage.

Sally Townsend Blake spent the afternoon photographing members’ paintings for the ‘Our Artists’ page of our website. John Willetts, our exhibition organiser, and Rob Leckey, our Treasurer, did a marvellous job coordinating events including the new boards, hanging system and lights, and we are very grateful to them and to all members of our Committee for the extra work they put in during the exhibition. Thanks too to every member who manned the exhibition – we couldn’t do it without you. And last but not least to the all the volunteers at St. Marys for taking care of us and making us so welcome. All in all a great team effort!

Finally, we are pleased to announce that the winner of the Summer 2013 People’s prize, voted for by visiting members of the public as their favourite painting in the exhibition, is… Orchy Falls by Alison Cutter. Congratulations Alison!

We are now already thinking ahead to our Autumn Exhibition in the Bear Steps and to next year in St. Mary’s.

Here’s to many more successful exhibitions for the Shropshire Art Society!

Shropshire Art Society Summer Exhibition 2013 on now, until 13th July!

The Shropshire Art Society Summer exhibition is now on and runs until  Saturday 13th July, 9am to 5pm daily (closed Sundays, and finishing at 1pm on the final day). Around 250 original art works are on display, most for sale with prices starting at £50, and all are created by Shropshire artists. The exhibition opened on the afternoon of Saturday 22nd June with a fascinating speech by Councillor Mansel Williams, and a lively preview with guests enjoying drinks and nibbles while taking in the exciting range of art on show. St Mary’s Church is a lovely venue for the exhibition, we do hope you will come and visit.

The Judy Townsend Memorial Prize was awarded to Wen Williamson for her beautiful mixed media ‘Shades of Summer’ and Diana Nuttall was the runner up with ‘The Stretton Hills in Blue Light’.

Thank you to all exhibiting artists, and an special thank you to the members who helped with the set up, including check in and hanging of the work. We are very grateful for your support.

Sketch Club enjoy May flowers at Benthall Hall

Our outing to Benthall Hall ( on 22nd May was for intrepid enthusiasts. A blustery, cold wind made for challenging conditions, but there was so much to draw! Some photos by Alison Williamson give a flavour of the day.

We hope to see you at a future Sketch Club day out, the next will be on Thursday 13th June at Wen Williamson’s Studio, The Hayloft, Meeson.

Postcard from Skelwith Bridge Paintaway 2013

The afternoon of Monday 13th May saw 32 Shropshire Art Society members arriving for our annual Paintaway holiday at the very comfortable and welcoming Skelwith Bridge Hotel, situated a few miles out of Ambleside in the Lake District.

Again lucky with the weather (as we seem to be every year!), members found excellent sketching and painting opportunities around the hotel, in the adjacent stunning Langdale Valley, and further afield, travelling on foot, in shared cars or on the local bus, which passes the hotel. Sketchbooks and paintings on show at our now traditional informal last-night get-together demonstrated the wealth of subject matter in the area as well as the energy and skill of our members. Our stay was enjoyed by all and by popular request a provisional booking has been made for a return visit during the same week in 2014.

We would like to say a big thank you to Alan Townsend, our Gallery Trip and Paintaway Coordinator, for his hard work in organising this wonderful holiday for us all. We hope to see as many members as possible on next year’s Shropshire Art Society Paintaway at the Skelwith Bridge Hotel.

Painting demonstration to the Society by John Scott Martin PRBSA FRSA

The first of these ‘demo by a visiting artist’ events, new to the Shropshire Art Society calendar, was held on Friday 10th May at the excellent Trinity Centre. This demonstration was given by the regular contributor the ‘The Artist’ magazine and current President of the RBSA, John Scott Martin. His paintings, in various media, are often of ships and boats, with a particular focus on the light on sky and water. Our recently acquired camera equipment enabled us all to have a close up view of the work in progress. We enjoyed an excellent insight into the working methods of this artist, complemented by tea and homemade cakes in the interval. There was a draw for one of the demonstration paintings by John, and it was won by Shirley Charman, pictured below with the painting.

We are now looking forward to receiving the artist Carole Baker in July. Thanks go to Rob Leckey for organising the event, and to Angela Kidd and Anne Linton for the super photos (above) that captured the occasion perfectly.