Autumn Exhibition 2017 – our winner!

What a lovely day we were blessed with for our Autumn Exhibition Social at The Bear Steps Gallery, and we had a great turn out! Members and guests viewed the exhibition over a glass of wine and nibbles. It was a very happy occasion.

Collage of SAS Autumn Exhibition 2017 Social, with Frank Hilton receiving his award
SAS Autumn Exhibition 2017, Social and Award presentation

Our Adjudicator for the R Harrison and H Walker Prize was Di Purser – thank you so much Di! For the picture that best reflects the Shropshire countryside, she chose Frank Hilton’s acrylic painting “Stiperstones from Rowley”. The silver salver was presented by our President, Jean Hammond, to Frank; photos of the presentation are thanks to Anne Linton. Congratulations Frank!

Image of winning painting Walker Harrison Prize 2017 (Frank Hilton, Stiperstones from Rowley)
The winning painting, “Stiperstones from Rowley” by Frank Hilton

The Exhibition runs until 3pm on Saturday 14th October, open daily this week from 10am to 4pm. Thank you to our Exhibition Secretary John Willetts for all his hard work, and to everyone else who has helped. Also to all our artists for taking part and exhibiting their work. Without you there would be no exhibition!

It’s a floral start to the Saturday Workshop season!

The Society’s season of Workshops and Classes was launched on Saturday September 2nd when the Saturday Workshop members met for the first time this season.

Collage of SAS floral Saturday Workshop 2017

A colourful display of flowers brought mainly from members’ gardens provided the subject matter for our painting and a consideration of two different traditions of Flower Painting. The session began with an examination of two well known women flower painters, Marianne North, famous for her extremely accurate botanical work, and Georgia O’Keefe for her very different, strongly expressive and large scale flower paintings. Two very contrasting styles and intentions. The former’s work involved extremely accurate draughtsmanship and was recognised as of considerable scientific value by Charles Darwin and botanical scientists of her day. O’Keefe’s work by contrast involved almost monumental representations of sometimes only portions of blooms, which nevertheless still appear to spill out beyond the edges of the image.

Our thanks are due to Lynne and Mick, the former for her leadership and careful organisation and Mick for his thoroughly researched introduction.

It was good to see new members joining the group, and if you’ve registered but couldn’t make it this time, we hope to see you at the next session!

Liverpool, Tate, Dix and Sander make a wonderful day for the SAS!

Liverpool was the chosen venue for this year’s Annual Summer Gallery visit. 40 members and friends arrived at the Tate Liverpool in time for coffee on a glorious sunny morning.

Collage of SAS Gallery Day Trip to Liverpool 2017
Liverpool Gallery Trip 2017, photos thanks to Mike White

The main focus of the visit was an exhibition of the work of the German artist, Otto Dix and his contemporary, the photographer, August Sander. The very challenging paintings of Dix caught the mood and style of life during this troubled period of the Weimar Republic, whilst the brilliant photographs of Sander recorded the reality of life at all social levels in a time of great change and upheaval. Sander’s photographic record was excellently supported by a timeline of historical events running above and below the displayed photographic images. Dix’s painting work was supplemented by some 50 etchings based on his experiences as a machine gunner in the First World War.

Liverpool allows visitors a range of engaging opportunities; some of us enjoyed the collections at The Walker and other city galleries whilst some visited shopping and other cultural venues. Blessed with excellent weather, all agreed that it had been another successful SAS day out.

Thanks as usual to Longmynd Coaches for making our travel arrangements, to Alan Townsend for organising everything so impeccably, and to Liz Carr and Wilf Langford for support and practical help on the day. Look out for our next outing and details of the Annual Pre-Christmas Lunch.

Summer Exhibition 2017 – we have a winner!

The Annual Exhibition Summer Social was held on Saturday 25th June in Trinity Chapel at St Mary’s Church. At this well attended event, members and friends were able to view the work on display, enjoy drinks and meet some of the artists. They were welcomed by the Chairman, Wilf Langford who thanked John Willetts for all his work as Exhibition Organiser and his team of hangers and exhibition stewards, before introducing Alan Townsend who was to there to present the annual Judy Townsend Memorial Prize, donated jointly by the Townsend family and the Society itself.

Collage of SAS 2017 Summer Exhibition, St. Marys Church Shrewsbury
SAS Summer Exhibition 2017 (Photos, with thanks to Anne Linton)

Alan commented on the generally high quality of the Exhibition again this year, mentioning in particular those pictures meeting the the criteria for the award, before commenting on the Runners up and announcing the 2017 Award Winner, which this year was a fine collage called “Berlin Tulips” created by Frank Hilton.

Image of winning painting SAS Judy Townsend Memorial Prize 2017 (Frank Hilton, Berlin Tulips)
Berlin Tulips by Frank Hilton winner Judy Townsend Memorial Prize 2017

The Exhibition runs until 4pm on Thursday 13th July.

Join us on Facebook!

At the beginning of May 2017, we launched two Groups on Facebook.

The first group is called
‘Shropshire Art Society – Members’
(click HERE to visit the Group and once there, click JOIN)

You will need to be ‘signed up to’ and logged into Facebook to see the page.

This is a ‘closed’ group, with its contents only visible on Facebook to members of the Shropshire Art Society. This Group is intended to be a Facebook forum for members; by ‘posting’ in this Group we can instantly share information with fellow members. We can advise each other of forthcoming events, exhibitions and meetings. We can perhaps share our art ‘works in progress’ for constructive comment and encouragement by other members, or share our successes or other experiences as artists. And of course, we can review and report on recent Society activities.

Frank Hilton and Phil Hadley are the administrators of this Group and anyone applying to join has to be approved by them. This ensures that this group is only available to paid-up members of the Society. We would love all SAS members who have Facebook accounts to join in.

Our Private Members-Only Group on Facebook.

Our other Facebook Group is called
‘Shropshire Art Society’
(click HERE to visit the Group and once there, click JOIN)

You will need to be ‘signed up to’ and logged into Facebook to see the page.

This is our public Group. It can be viewed at any time by any Facebook user throughout the world. Its purpose is to promote our exhibitions and report on other Society activities worthy of public note. It can also be used to encourage membership of the Society. Please share this Group with your Facebook friends and help spread word of our very special Art Society far and wide.

Our Public Group on Facebook

The success of both Facebook Groups will depend on YOU the members who join them and your level of contribution – so join up and when you do, please start ‘posting’, ‘sharing’ and ‘liking’ as appropriate!

This post with thanks to Phil Hadley. Members who would like more information or a little help getting started with these new Facebook Groups, Phil and Frank have kindly given their contact details in the May/June 2017 edition of Focal Points.