Wokingham Art SocietyNewsletter June 2010www.wokinghamartsociety.org.ukEditor Chris ParryChairmanSue Smith0118 9792030TreasurerDom Lowey01189 875339Goodness, how timeflies!Your entries are poppingonto my doormat in everincreasing numbers – thankyou! Once again I amenjoying reading the titlesand imagining the finishedpieces. Already I noticeseveral entries from newmembers so we can all lookforward to learning moreabout you through yourwork.This will be our 55 thexhibition! The show willbe officially opened at thepreview by Maurice Monkwho owns the Artsbar inWokingham. I am delightedto be able to tell you thatFreda Anderson has agreed.To be our judge this year.Many of you will know herwork from previousdemonstrations – anaccomplished and versatileartist.If you are exhibiting, readthe rules carefully. Thereare regulations andguidelines for pricing andframing. It is alsoimportant that you keep tothe timetable for handing inand subsequently collectingyour work. If you areunable to do this yourself,please arrange for someoneto do it for you – at thecorrect time!If you are not exhibitingand would like to beinvolved with the exhibitionas a steward or in any otherway, please contact me orany committee member assoon as possible as we areplanning now. I willendeavour to get thestewards rotas out as soonas I have all the entries.Thank you for all youroffers of help so far. Manyhands do indeed make lightwork!Don’t forget the memberspreview on Friday July 23 rdbetween 5pm and 6pm,when you can bring familyand friends to view theExhibition before thepreview in the evening.So the next time we willmeet as a society will be atthe exhibition – see youthere! Can’t wait!Sue xSecretaryDani Marsden01189 791275We now have a wonderfulnew logo.Our thanks to Liz Baldinfor her striking design andour congratulations onwinning the competitionCongratulations go toBernadetteVarilone forher winning entry in thePoster Competition.Bernadette wins a chequefor £25A dramatic and eyecatching poster.Well done Bernie
Coach TripThe Mall GalleriesSunday 11th April 2010Everyone was looking forwardto our visit to the Mall Galleries.We were all ready and waitingwhen the coach arrived.Unfortunately one persondidn't arrive and after atelephone call we left withoutthem.The sun was shining andpromised a good day. Thepaintings were up to their usualwonderful standard. It wasgreat to walk around and spotthe work of artists that youknew. Brian Gallagher andNola Armstrong were two that Iwas pleased to see. We thenstopped for coffee and enjoyedbeing able to look at thepaintings as we rested. Thevariety of work was veryinteresting from some lovelyportraits with a minimal use ofpastel to very modern flowerpictures in bold bright colours.When we couldn't absorbanymore we walked up toTrafalgar Square. It was verybusy with tourists enjoying thesunshine and the scenery. Afterlunch in the Portrait Gallery wethen spent some time looking atthe portraits which I foundparticularly interesting. Wefinished up in the NationalGallery but by then we wererunning out of steam and therewas just time for an ice creambefore joining the coach for ourreturn to Wokingham.It was a great day out and LizManley did a super joborganising it.Jo DrewWokingham HorticulturalAssociationSummer ShowAt St Paul’s Parish Rooms26 th June opening to thepublic at 2pmOur thanks toBrenda Baldwinfor organising such agreat workshop withtutor Jane Wheaton, atalented and generousartist who gentlyencourages you to takerisks.What a lovely day.Deborah Vallance,Paper Batik. 18 th May2010.This demo was very differentfrom our usual art demos,and very inspiring it was too!Deborah produces unusual,abstract pictures with bright,jewel-like colours, by usingwax-resist and coloureddyes.She began by explaining theequipment she had brought.She had an electricallyheated container for wax, tokeep it liquid. Bristle brushesare best for painting withwax because other brushesdeteriorate too quickly. Shealso had a gadget called atjanting, which is used toproduce a fine line in wax.The colours she uses areProcion dyes.Then Deborah began work.Two pieces of good quality,acid free white tissue paperwere laid on top of whitenewsprint. The newsprintacts as a support, but alsoabsorbs some of the dye,producing an extra designwhich can be used later on.Then using the warm wax, alarge brush and the tjanting,she painted a loose design onthe tissue paper. Sheexplained she had no ideawhat it was going to be!Using a large sponge brushshe wet the whole sheet, thenpainted colours where shewanted them. At this pointthin household bleach wassprayed here and there asrequired. When all this wasdry she startled us bycrumpling the tissue into asmall ball! This wasstraightened out again andbrushed with bleach. Thetwo sheets were separatedand hung on a clothes horseto dry. The whole processwas repeated several timesusing different colouredtissues and dyes, then allwere hung up to dry.While we had coffeeDeborah ironed all her madesheets, which not onlysmoothed them, but meltedthe wax resulting in a lovelytransparent effect in places.After the break Deborahcomposed her picture, bytearing up her made papers,and positioning them onboxboard as a collage. Shefixed the pieces by brushingover with wax. When shewas happy with thearrangement she used ascalpel to cut away anyoverlaps. This takes a lot oftime when she does herpictures at home. Finally shesmoothed the entire surfacewith the iron and trimmedround the sides. She added afew highlights with gutta,squeezed directly from atube.The result was a colourful,interesting and brilliantpicture.Pat Johnson.
Message BoardDo you have a message for theboard? We would love to hear fromyou.Early September, available fortwo wks; a four bed, familyhome with studio, in Greystones,County Wicklow, Ireland.Ten Minuteswalk to the sea, ten minuteswalk to the town and station.Video LibraryThere is a selection of artvideos and DVD’s forhire at the monthlymeetings. Hire charge isa £1 per item.Please return thempromptly at the nextmeeting. For information,or if you have anySuggestions pleasecontact…….Alison Messias01189 783188Congratulationsto Madeline andOwen Hawes whocompleted 80 miles ofthe Offa’s Dyke Wayand raised over£5oo for charity.Whiteknights StudioTrail10 th AnniversarySaturday andSunday19 th and 20 th of JuneA walking tour ofartists’ studios in theUniversity of Readingarea55 Artists in 27venuesOpen 11am to 6pmFind out more onwww.studiotrail.co.ukContact Avril Price –Gallagheron - 01189 787018The Society of Floral PaintersSummer ExhibitionatMottisfont Abbey29 th of May – 20 of June201011.00 am – 6.00pmEnjoy this lovely exhibition at awonderful venue and while youare there take in one of thelargest collections of roses in thecountry.A great day outCornerstoneInformal paintinggroup,just bringyour paints and turnup**Every Monday 2pmuntil 4.30.£2.50 includesrefreshments. Formore detailsCallBarbara Thompson9782993Alison Messias9783188V&A TtraynorFine Arts8, Victoria Place.Terrace Raod North,Binfield RG42 5JBTel 01344 425508Have you anyannouncements, stories,or thank you notices togive – let me know andsend it toChris ParryPlease email items toParryhouse@aol.comor send toChris Parry30 Lowther RoadWokinghamRG41 1JD