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We are a friendly, informal group who meet to enjoy, share and develop our interests in all things artistic. We welcome people of all ages and abilities to our regular meetings on Thursday evenings at Strutts Centre between seven and nine.
Every two weeks we have a themed evening where one of our members organises perhaps a still life, a look at a particular artist's work, a technique such as acrylics, pastels, collage, etching, drawing etc. All themed evenings are voluntary so that you can choose to do your own work if the theme isn't of interest to you.
In the alternate weeks marked "General" in the programme you can do your own work or continue the previous week's theme. We bring our own materials to the club each week.
Everyone in our group is encouraged to relax and work at their own pace - there is no pressure to compete with others, and we have a wide range of abilities and skills within the group. We don't offer tuition, but friendly advice is always available.
Our programme every year includes an informal “Competition Evening” when we will exhibit in a room at the Strutts and invite artists from other local clubs to come and vote for their favourite pictures in various categories. This is a fun event and a good chance to meet other artists from our area, have a drink and a chat. We generally also hold a week long exhibition at the Gallery at Cromford Mill in the summer.
As a way to illustrate how diverse our group is here is a picture of Steve ‘just a member’ proudly kneeling in front of his latest piece, a mosaic mirror frame. However, Steve does not just do mosaics he also does Lino-Cuts and paints.
Periodically, we have an artist come in and give us a demonstration the latest of these was Jenny Aitken. Jenny demoed two pictures in Acrylics in under two hours. Enthusiastic, entertaining, enlightening are all accolades I could apply to Jenny but I think the best I can say is the two pictures looked as if they glowed with the light she talks about.
I don't normally work quite this quickly she relied, with a smile that was as quick to arrive as the brushstrokes, when asked about the speed with which she produced the pictures. Having watched I'll bet it's not a lot slower, I loved it, go have a look at her pictures.
Catherine Inglis Fine Artist definite deserves that accolade. Within a few moments of starting she had a likeness for the Hare down and was starting to tell us all about how she works. By the end of the two hours we were all laughing and full of admiration for a great artist. I can only describe her as down to earth and wonderful.
Dave Woolass came in a little while ago and gave us a fascinating demonstration of “Watercolours”. Interestingly his definition of watercolour is any paint that can be worked in the same way as watercolours with water. So it would include the transparent Acrylic Inks and Paints.
Considering the way he works with thin layers and lots of water it is remarkable that produced the dolphin picture in about two hours. He also said despite the fact that he often paints the same pictrue again this was the first time he had done this painting. A very interesting man and demonstration.
Periodically, we have an artist come in and give us a demonstration and a recent visitor was Les Darlow who came in and gave us a fascinating demonstration of Pastels. Personally I don't get on with pastels however to see someone produce such vibrant and instantly lovable pictures with a few deft strokes was a revelation, I shall have to try again!
Finnally, thanks to all our members old and new who have consented to let us publish there pictures here, warts and all, so that you can get an idea of the open way we operate.
For further information or to just put a voice to a name please feel free to ring:
Frank Smith (01773) 827700 or Richard Nayler 07500 151811
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