Sunday, 30 November 2014

The December Demonstration - Staithes in Watercolour

The next demonstration takes place on Saturday 13th December and features watercolours by Niamh Hanlon.   See the following links for examples of Niamh's work.



The venue is the usual time and place 2:00pm at Christ Church Hall in Stockton Lane  - if you've not been along before, please see the demonstrations page for more detail.



Small Works of Art at the 200th Exhibition

One of the more popular and novel features of the last exhibition was a display of 200 mini pieces of art, implemented and masterminded by Julie Lightburn, which proved to be a great demonstration of the diverse range of talent among the membership.

We've already featured many of these on the blog over the summer.  Here's Julie's summary of the project

“Thank you to everyone who contributed plaques to our exhibition of small works of art.  They were all delightful and made a splendid display. With a few last-minute entries we made it to the full 200 plaques.  

There were so many wonderful works of art it was difficult to choose which to bid for in our Preview Evening auction.  Our selector, Paul Blackwell, had the very difficult task of choosing our three winners.  

  • June Hardy was awarded the prize for “Most Original” artwork, 
  • Cath Inglis was given the prize for the “Most Accomplished” piece 
  • Fiona Sheehan was the selectors favourite.  


June Hardy


Cath Inglis


Fiona Sheehan
The Lord Mayor drew Christine Richardson from the hat of names of all contributors, for the fourth prize of chocolates and a YAS 200th Tote Bag” 



Christine Richardson

York Art Society is extremely grateful for all the time and effort that Julie put into this part of our exhibition.  

The plaques were also used in  three separate designs for the Tote Bags sold during the exhibition and there are plans for a poster featuring all 200 works.  




Hockney !

The long awaited bio-pic of Yorkshire artist David Hockney is now on general release across the country, including City Screen in the centre of York.

Here's the official release blurb :

HOCKNEY is the definitive exploration of one of the most significant artists of his generation. For the first time, David Hockney has given access to his personal archive of photographs and film, resulting in an unparalleled visual diary of a long life.

The film chronicles his vast career, from his early life in working-class Bradford – where his love for pictures was developed through his admiration for cinema – to his relocation to Hollywood, where his lifelong struggle to escape labels (‘queer’, ‘working class’, 'figurative artist’) was fully realised.

Paradoxically, this escape to live the American Dream did not break the ties to the childhood that formed him. We see his upbringing and life experiences give him the willpower to survive relationship problems, and later the AIDS epidemic, and also allow him to create some of the most renowned works of the past century.

Acclaimed filmmaker Randall Wright offers a unique view of this unconventional artist who is now reaching new peaks of popularity worldwide, as charismatic as ever, and at 77 still working in the studio seven days a week.

Anyone interested in catching one of the screenings can find more details and times on the Picture House site.



Results of the 200th Exhibition

We're very pleased to report that we had an incredibly successful bicentennial Exhibition at the York Theatre Royal De Grey rooms last month.  This was our third exhibition at that venue and we saw record crowds throughout the week.



Over 250 people attended the preview evening which was opened by the Right Honourable, the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Ian Gillies, along with the Lady Mayoress, the Sheriff of York, Mr. John Kenny, and the Sheriff’s Lady.



Attendees enjoyed a glass of bubbly and the sounds of a piano and flute duet as they took in over 200 beautiful works on display.

Grateful thanks go to Paul Blackwell for ably filling the role of our Selector, and staying on for the exhibition preview with his lovely wife (and well-known artist) Anne Thornhill.

A large selection of members had works noted or commended, but ultimately Selector’s Choice was awarded to Luisa Holden for “Strensall Common”.


Strensall Common by Luisa Holden



Autumn Fields by Luisa Holden

Luisa's beautiful painting also went on to win the public vote for Preview Favourite held during the evening.




In total we sold 16 original works from the main exhibition listings, plus numerous unframed originals, prints and cards. There was also a substantial contribution from brisk takings in the café over the weekend and the sale of plaques and tote bags during the week to produce our best result in 10 years.




We'll be back at the De Grey Rooms in April for the 201st Exhibition which runs from Monday 6th to Sunday 12th April 2015