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Sunday, 28 February 2016

Spotlight: Alexa Meade, Your Body Is My Canvas


This month, Spotlight takes a look at the extraordinary work of Alexa Meade, an American artist who takes the concept of trompe l'oeil and turns it on its head. With her work, the real world becomes a series of paintings.

The link this time is a TED talk filmed in 2013, which you can watch HERE.

If you know any great art websites or articles, why not share them here? Send your suggestions to samsketches@yahoo.co.uk - please note that this isn't for self-promotion!

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Upcoming AGM Committee Changes


There's going to be quite a lot of change in the Committee at our upcoming AGM, on Thursday March 3rd, 7pm for 7.30pm in The Studio at Ludlow Assembly Rooms. We've mentioned a few of these changes before, but the AGM is where these things are formally done and present members may vote on this.

To begin with, we will be saying goodbye to George Loades, Vice President Alan Hobbs, and Programme Co-Ordinator Lesley Connolly, as they step down from the Committee after many years of service to the LAS - George and Lesley have been with us for 8 years, and Alan for 7. We'd all like to say thank you so much for the help you've given and wish you all the best!

Ruth Tune will be resigning her position as Membership Secretary, but will be staying on to compile the LAS archives (which are coming together right now). The post of Membership Secretary will be taken up by current Treasurer Tom Crowe, and I will be resigning as Webmaster.

However, we will be looking to formalise a number of new appointments, too - Jean Simnett has returned to the Committee and will be taking over my position running the blog, and we welcome John Jarvis who will become our next Treasurer, as well as new Committee members Frances Clarke and Samuel Bebb.

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We're always looking for new people to join our Committee, and in particular right now we're looking for a Publicity Secretary and a Programme Coordinator - if you'd like to come on board and help us keep the LAS running, the AGM is the perfect time and you'd be made very welcome.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Ann Wallace's Vase Engraving Workshop

Ann Wallace has some spaces left on her vase engraving workshop on 5th March. All details are on the poster below:

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2016 AGM Agenda



Here it is, ready for 3rd March:


  1. Welcome from Sam Manley, Chair
  2. Apologies for Absence
  3. Minutes of Previous AGM
  4. Any Matters Arising
  5. Chair's Report
  6. Treasurer's Report
  7. Membership Secretary's Report
  8. Exhibition Secretary's Report
  9. Election of Officers and committee membership
  10. Any Other Business
  11. Date of next meeting


There will be snacks, and we'll have a space for any members who would like to bring their Monthly Draw piece on this month's theme, 'Construction Site'.
We'll be reviewing our last year, setting out where we plan to go for 2016 (our 70th anniversary year), there's the election of officers and Committee membership, and we'll be asking members to vote on a proposed change to the evening meeting fee.

We're always looking for new people to join our Committee, and in particular right now we're looking for a Publicity Secretary and a Programme Coordinator - if you'd like to come on board and help us keep the LAS running, the AGM is the perfect time and you'd be made very welcome.

Please arrive 7pm for 7.30pm, there's no charge for the AGM, and we'll have tea, coffee, snacks and wine.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Exhibition Forms Update


A number of members have been asking about the entry forms for our Spring Exhibition this year, and wanting to know when they will be available.

We are currently going over the details of the show with St Laurence's, the main point of discussion being when the pews will be removed (we had been informed last year that they would be out by now, clearing a space for, among other things, our exhibition).

Keep your eyes peeled, we'll have more information very soon!

In Parallel, with Andrew Howe

In Parallel is opening in the Riverside Shopping Centre in Shrewsbury for most of March, and on 16th March the artist is giving a free talk about his work. All the details are on the flyer, below:

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Monday, 22 February 2016

The Big Art Show

The Shrewsbury-based Big Art Show is back for 2016, and looking for artists for two shows this year. All the details are on the flyer below:

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Derwent Art Prize 2016

The Derwent Art Prize 2016 has put out a call for entries. Even on the poster the print can be a little fine, so I'll replicate it below:

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Derwent Art Prize 2016

Call for entries
Closing deadline 1st June 2016
Open to all British and international artists (over the age of 18)

Prizes worth £12,500
Showcasing the very best international artworks created in pencil or coloured pencil as well as water-soluble, pastel, graphite or charcoal pencils.

19th - 24th September 2016 - Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London
The works selected for exhibition must be available from 1st September 2016 31st January 2017

Enter online now: www.derwent-artprize.com

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Paint Jam Call-To-Arms!


The Ludlow Fringe Live Paint Jam 2016 is looking for 2-3 plein air artists to be part of the event this year, and to join the existing roster of artists who will be painting on large boards.

The event takes place in Castle Square on Saturday 18th June, between 10am and 4pm. Plein air artists would be asked to stay roughly in the region of Castle Square, or at least close enough that passers by can see the art being created - the Paint Jam is a visual spectacle.
Expenses of up to £20 per artist can be paid on proof of receipts, and at the end of the day the finished pieces will be taken to be put up as part of the Fringe's Art Trail. At the end of the Festival the artwork will all be put up for auction, with 20% commission to the Fringe. If any artwork doesn't sell, it will be returned to the artist (and reserve prices may be given).

The nature of the event means this call is aimed at more experienced plein air artists.

If you'd like to be part of the event, please drop me a line at samsketches@yahoo.co.uk

Friday, 19 February 2016

2016 Ludlow Fringe Makers' Market


Calling all artists, craftspeople and makers - the Ludlow Fringe Makers' Market, running on 18th and 19th June, has a space for YOU in 2016! If you're interested in booking a stall to showcase and sell your work at this lively event (and it's all change this year, gazebos are out and covered market stalls are in), head on over to the Art Trail and Makers' Market page and download the application form! Link HERE.

Oh, and there are more art events taking place over that weekend - keep an eye on the Fringe website for further details: www.ludlowfringe.co.uk

Upcoming - LAS AGM


Are you interested in joining the LAS? Could you help on our Committee? We welcome all members and prospective members to the LAS Annual General Meeting, on Thursday 3rd March. As always it's in the Studio at the Assembly Rooms. Please arrive 7pm for 7.30pm, and there is NO CHARGE for this evening.
We will have an Agenda to present to you very shortly.

We'll also be taking a look at your works for our current Monthly Draw topic, 'Construction Site', as well as asking for your suggestions for (and deciding on by drawing from a hat) the next topic.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. See you there!

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Watercolour Workshops for Beginners

Artist Meg Hawkins is running a series of watercolour workshops for beginners, starting on 9th March. These take place in Shrewsbury, all materials are provided, and places are limited. For the details, click to enlarge the poster:

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Rockspring Rag Rug Session

This one's for the crafters - there's a free Rag-Rug-making session on Friday 26th February 10am - 12 noon at Rockspring. To book your place phone 01584 874922, for further details click to enlarge the poster:

New Artwork at the Bear Steps Gallery

Opening soon at the Bear Steps Gallery in Shrewsbury: an exhibition of paintings by Claire Scott and prints by Sophie Bradford.

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Church Stretton Arts Festival 2016

The conditions of entry for the Church Stretton Arts, Crafts and Photography Exhibition 2016 are now available online, and entries will be accepted starting in April.

The guest artist this year will be LAS member Catherine Downes, who will host an informal 'Meet the Artist' session at Church Stretton School on Saturday 6 August when she will discuss how she approaches her work, from inspiration to completion.

You can find more about Catherine's work at her website HERE, and you can find the Church Stretton Arts Festival 2016 website HERE.

Friday, 12 February 2016

Renoir: Revered & Reviled

On Tuesday 16th February the Ludlow Assembly Rooms is hosting an event on Renoir, presented by Exhibitions on Screen. Tickets are £12 / £10 concession, and you can find all the details on the LAR's page by clicking the picture below:


Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Pea Green Cafe Exhibition Change


The LAS' display at the Pea Green Cafe (in the Mascall Centre) is being changed by curator and LAS Secretary Pat Innes next week - if you'd like your work to be part of the new display just drop Pat a line at patricia@innesbooks.co.uk
It's worth noting that, for works displayed at the PGC, while there is the usual 20% commission there is no hanging fee!

Late Love Poems

A mite different, but it may be of interest to members - 'Late Love Poems', a mixed media performance with poet Steve Griffiths on Monday 15th February, 7pm at the Ludlow Library. All details are on the poster below:

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Sunday, 7 February 2016

Pictures from Matt Smart's Talk

On Thursday 4th February we began our programme for the year with an amazing talk from sculptor Matt Smart. Matt brought along a number of his sculptures (which we showed in the preview post for this event, link HERE) as well as some of the earths he likes to work with, and explained his thoughts behind the creation of his art, which is informed by the way that he looks at the world.

As the talk ended we found ourselves in an animated discussion on the philosophies behind art, communication, and an individual's connection with and influences (many unconscious) from our surroundings.

You can see, below, some pictures from the evening - click to enlarge them:

Matt's works will be back in Ludlow over the Fringe Festival, so keep a look out for updates on this blog.

We also ran the first of our Monthly Draw mini-events that evening. If you weren't there, here's how it works:

1) During the break, audience members are asked to write a simple topic down on a piece of paper. These pieces are added to a hat and one is drawn - this is the topic for the month.
2) During the month, any LAS members who would like to take part are invited to make a drawing or sketch on the given theme, and bring it to the next meeting.
3) This does not have to be a finished piece, sketches are very welcome. There are also no limits on medium and no restrictions on size (though for myself, I'm looking at A4 as something easier to travel with).

We tested it out this time with a topic that just the Committee members worked on, 'Chinese Fish', an idea given to us by Tom Crowe. We did draw a new topic from a host of suggestions, and if you'd like to have a go next month then the theme for our next meeting (our AGM on Thursday 3rd March) is Construction Site. See you at the AGM!

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