Summer Exhibition 2019 opened by The Mayor of Shrewsbury!

Collage of the SAS Summer Exhibition preview 2019
The winner of The Judy Townsend Memorial Prize, Kirsty Pankhurst (left). The Mayor and Mayoress of Shrewsbury with Wilf Langford (SAS President), Barry Lowe (SAS Chair), and the Townsend family (right).

We were delighted to welcome the Mayor of Shrewsbury Phil Gillam and the Lady Mayoress Carol Gillam to open the Summer Exhibition on Saturday 22nd June at St. Mary’s Church.

The Mayor in his opening speech mentioned that as a child he had received a Blue Peter badge for a painting which he submitted to the BBC pasted on a cereal box, but unfortunately he has done no painting since. Possibly a new recruit for the Society?

Alan and Jane Townsend presented the Judy Townsend Memorial Prize to the artist Kirsty Pankhurst for the Townsend family’s favourite painting in the exhibition, “Saturday evening”. Congratulations Kirsty!

And here is the winning painting…

Image of the winning painting, Judy Townsend Memorial Prize 2019 (Kirsty Pankhurst, Saturday Evening)
‘Saturday evening’ by Kirsty Pankhurst, winner of The Judy Townsend Memorial Prize 2019

The exhibition runs until Saturday 6th July (not Sunday) from 10am to 4pm each day. Closing at 2pm on Saturday 6th July.

We’d be delighted to see you! Come and vote for your favourite painting – we award a People’s Prize to the artist of the painting receiving the most votes from visitors over the duration of the Exhibition. We love to see which painting you all like best!

(A big thank you to our Exhibitions Secretary John Willetts and his team for all their hard work in putting together the Exhibition, and to all of our members for taking part. Photos, with thanks to Barry and Karen Lowe, and Jennifer Wallace.)

Wolverhampton and Worcester Art Galleries Trip: 8th June

Collage of SAS Gallery Day Trip to Wolverhampton and Worcester 2019
A flavour of our day, with thanks to Mike White for his great photo record

Setting off in a downpour for our summer galleries day trip made us glad we weren’t heading for the coast this year. Both cities’ galleries were new for most if not all of the group, and both were simply a treat.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery had 4 galleries plus their vast staircase given over to long-term displays from their own collections, but on top of that there were 5 temporary exhibitions, including two from The Ashmolean. From their website, we expected all this to be good, but expectations were exceeded all round. Then just to pack in a bit more, after lunch we went on in bright sunshine to Worcester Art Gallery, to see ‘The Young Turner’, and as much of their permanent collection as we could take in with limited time.

Voted an all-round successful trip! Thank you Jennifer and Jillian Wallace for all your hard work in organising the day.

Brecon, what a glorious new Paintaway location we enjoyed!

On Monday 20th May more than 30 members made their way independently to the Castle of Brecon Hotel for our annual four-night painting holiday. The welcoming hotel proved an excellent base for exploration of this very attractive area. With the Brecon Beacons dominating the view from the hotel and the many attractive small towns and historic sites to visit, there was no shortage of exciting subjects for our sketching and painting activities.

Collage (1 of 3) of SAS Paintaway 2019 to Brecon
Blessed with wonderful weather, the views from the hotel and surrounds were stunning, and gave us plenty to celebrate over drinks and dinner.

It was especially good to welcome members joining us for the first time, and to see some of us taking the opportunity to support the local theatre. At our traditional final night gathering, members shared their experiences and sketchbooks, after which Alan Townsend and Liz Carr were thanked by Barry Lowe, our Chairman, for their careful organisation and efforts to make our stay so enjoyable and successful.

Collage (2 of 3) of SAS Paintaway 2019 to Brecon
The sharing of sketchbooks on the final evening is a lovely SAS Paintaway tradition.
Collage (3 of 3) of SAS Paintaway 2019 to Brecon
So many points of architecture and nature to explore and sketch or paint. Photos by Mike White, and the one of our Paintaway lead organiser Alan outside the hotel with thanks to Liz Carr.

Thanks go to Mike White for his very professional photographic record of our stay.

Join us in 2020 for the Annual Paintaway which is planned to be to… Buxton!

Our Annual Gallery Weekend 2019: Bristol and so much more!

With the weather seemingly set fair for the whole weekend, some 35 members and friends boarded the Longmynd coach for our Annual Gallery Weekend, to be based this year in the very comfortable and centrally situated Mercure Holland House Hotel in Bristol.

Much of Friday was spent in Gloucester, exploring the restored area around The National Waterways Museum and the impressive cathedral with its stunning stained glass, traditional and more contemporary.

Bristol’s galleries, the city centre and the exciting waterfront, with its many attractions, fully occupied us on Saturday. Then on Sunday we travelled by coach to the medieval city of Wells. A road diversion took us by chance through some of the hidden gems of Somerset’s rural landscape. The Bishops Palace was waiting to welcome us in Wells with its splendid gardens and the opportunity to enjoy a guided tour of the Palace itself. For a good number of the group this visit concluded with Choral Evensong in the Cathedral.

On Monday, with perfect weather, starting out on our journey home, we spent the whole day in Bath, enjoying its museums and galleries and a rich variety of other attractions, before arriving back in Shrewsbury as darkness fell.

Thanks to Longmynd Travel for yet again handling our travel arrangements, with a special thank you to Richard, our driver, for his efficient, courteous and always helpful service. Thanks to Anne Linton and Jennifer Wallace for providing a splendid photographic record of this very enjoyable weekend. Especially though, we want to thank Alan Townsend, our wonderful trip organiser… Alan, please can we do it all again soon?!

Birmingham in January, a success!

On Saturday 19th January around 35 of us visited Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and The Barber Institute of Fine Arts to view temporary exhibitions which had been well reviewed as well as the permanent collections. ‘Women Power Protest’ marked 100 years since the first women were given the vote in this country, showing a selection of artwork by women from the Arts Council’s collection as well as BMAG’s own.

‘Maman: Vuillard and Madame Vuillard’ at the Barber marked 150 years since that artist’s birth, bringing together paintings, prints, sketchbooks and photos which gave a unique insight into this artist.

Planning a galleries trip for January felt a bit like tempting fate, but we were lucky with the weather, everything ran more smoothly than we dared hope for, and some of the wonderful things we saw should give us inspiration for the coming months. A big thank you to Jennifer and Jillian Wallace for organising the trip, and to Mike White, Jennifer Wallace and Anne Linton for the photo record!

Collage (1 of 2) of SAS Gallery Day Trip to Birmingham 2019
Collage (2 of 2) of SAS Gallery Day Trip to Birmingham 2019