Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Art Event - Thirsk

An Art Event including over 120 exhibitors and workshops is on 22 and 23 July in Thirsk. See website for more details. https://www.artinthepen.org.uk/thirsk  

Dave Wollass - images

It was a delight to watch Dave Woollas and his unusual technique painting a dog in the last workshop.

To see more of his work go to: https://www.artdw.co.uk/   

Fiona Calder - Crowdfunding Appeal

Former York Art Society member and local York artist Fiona Calder is really excited to have launched a crowdfunding appeal!

To join her in 'An Artistic Celebration of Flowers' and learn more about her appeal go to http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/fiona-calder-designs...

Her aim is to launch her own range of greetings cards, and to hopefully introduce lots of other new beautiful flower art products to her online store, such as mugs, coasters and jewellery.

To see her beautiful floral prints and her new card collection go to www.fionacalderdesigns.co.uk

Everyone who generously helps with her crowdfunding appeal will be rewarded with lots of lovely cards or prints. All rewards offer excellent value for money, from just £15 for 6 greeting cards, or other rewards of gorgeous flower art prints and greeting cards to match everyone's budget.

If you don't want to pledge you can still help by telling any flower and art loving friends about it.

All pledges must be made by 2:06pm on the 29th July 2017, so if you're interested please don't delay!

Fiona would like to express her deepest thanks to everyone for their help.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Self Help Group Dates and time change reminder

Self Help Group dates at Bishopthorpe, as follows:

Saturday 22 July
Saturday 19 August
Saturday 2 September

£6 for use of the facilities which includes tea, coffee and biscuits.

Please note, the times have now changed from: 9.30am - 3.30pm.

If you have not attended before, please speak to Lin Taylor on 01904 702590 or email her at: lindaataylor36@gmail.com to put your name on the list, as spaces are limited.  

York River Art Market

Some of YAS members including Lin Taylor and Zulia Finnigan will be showcasing their work at York River Art Market throughout eight Saturdays this summer from 15 July - 2 September.
The location is on Lendal Bridge, Dame Judi Dench Walk (behind Museum Gardens).

Paintings by Zulia Finnigan available to purchase:

Clifford's Tower 

                                                                  Robin Hood's Bay


Blossom Street Exhibition Invitation

Message from YAS member and artist Judith Pollock:

I'm one of five artists/makers taking part in a summer exhibition at Blossom Street Art Gallery that opens on 1st July and continues until 31st August. 

We're hanging the exhibition on Friday 30th June and there will be an exhibition preview that same evening from 6 - 8pm and all are welcome to come along. 

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Sue Ford Workshop

Our recent Sue Ford Collage Workshop on 3rd June was a great success.

13 members turned up laden with magazines and acrylic paints and were guided through the process of creating a collage painting with Sue's expert advice. Not much talking took place as we were all out of our comfort zone and all that could be heard was the ripping of magazines. Time passed so quickly and in our enthusiasm, some of us missed a proper lunch break.

Thank you to the members that took part in The Challenge!

Some great pieces were produced.  Not all were finished on the day, but hopefully we will see some of them as completed work in the next exhibition at the Medical Rooms in September.

If you wish to see more of Sue's own work, she will be exhibiting at The Danby Moors Centre National Park, between June 29th and July 25th. Open daily 10 to 4pm


Thursday, 8 June 2017

AGM and Print Critique

Just a reminder that there is the AGM this Saturday at 2pm, followed by a print critique of your work. 

Please bring a maximum of two paintings (they don't have to be finished works) to enable artist Robert Brindley to give you some supportive feedback. 

The newsletter will also be available to collect (in order to save on postage stamps!). 

Thank you. 

Friday, 19 May 2017

Appeal for Images for Exhibition Poster

We are currently designing the poster for the next York Art Society Exhibition in September at the Medical Rooms.
We urgently need images of your artwork to complete the design!
Please send images to Julie Lightburn by Friday 26th May latest 6pm.
Images can be sent to Julie on julie@yorkmodelmaking.com 

Thank you for your cooperation.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Watercolour Workshops - Peter Reynolds

Watercolour Workshops on painting the Moors are available by Peter Reynolds on 6, 13, 20, 27 June from 6.30pm - 8.30pm at:
Sutton Bank National Park Centre
Sutton Bank
Tel 01845 597426 to book a place. 

Photos of next exhibition venue - York Medical Rooms

Here's some photos of the Medical Rooms which is our next exhibition venue in Stonegate, York from 1 - 3 September. More details in the June Newsletter which will be launched at the AGM on Sat 10 June.

John Harrison - photos of the line and wash demo

John Harrison gave an excellent demonstration at York Art Society yesterday on how to use line and wash within town and seascapes. If you want to see more of John's work, please visit his website HERE. 

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Summer Self Help Dates

Lin Taylor has notified us that she has scheduled three further Self Help Group meetings during the Society's summer break.

The dates are

Saturday 22nd July 2017

Saturday 19th August 2017

Saturday 2nd September 2017

These all take place at the usual venue St Andrew's Church Hall, Bishopsthorpe (you can see more detail elsewhere on this blog).

A nominal charge of £6 is made to cover hire of the premises.  Attendees provide their own materials and are advised to bring a packed lunch.

Please note the earlier start time.  These sessions run from 9:30AM to 3:30PM

For further details contact Lin directly on lindaataylor36@gmail.com

Friday, 5 May 2017

Easingwold Art Fair 20 - 21 May 10-4pm

Lots of art materials, free demos and workshops which do include a charge.

For more details, please ring Lynda on 01423 325 955

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Exhibition Cheques

Treasurer Marianne Harlington will be bringing cheques to the May Demonstration, for those members who sold work at the recent exhibition. Please speak to Marianne (or any committee member) to ask for your cheque. 

Loyalty Card Discount for Frames

D Frames, 56 Goodramgate, York have issued 130 Loyalty cards for York Art Society members to use, and will honour us showing our YAS membership cards for the 10% discount, up to the end of May.  June Whittaker will bring the loyalty cards to the demonstration in May for members to collect.  From June, members will have to show the loyalty cards to claim the 10% discount.  

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Inspired by...

Several York Art Society members were so inspired by a recent demonstration by artist Heather Dixon, they decided to dig out some palette knives and a canvas to have a go at painting in this style.

Tim Boss gave members a quick refresher on what to do whilst painting a seascape in this way. All members agreed it was a great way to loosen up their style and always good to try something new.

Lost umbrella

Did you lose an umbrella at the De Grey Rooms? It's a large black umbrella with a wooden handle. Please speak to Tim Boss or a committee member at the next meeting.

Luisa Holden opens studio to public

York Art Society member Luisa Holden opens her doors to the public at her studio in Haxby, during the York Open Studios event. Luisa is poised with wine and nibbles where you can view her stunning paintings with the use of palette knives.

For more information on visiting studios see the website HERE 

Work in Progress: Northumberland Panorama - acrylic on panel 

Mountain Stream - acrylic on panel 

Sunday, 16 April 2017

York Open Studios


Fiona Sheehan will be exhibiting alongside Julie Lightburn, at her Studio on the Bull Centre, next to Dean’s Garden Centre, Stockton-on-the-Forest – venue 67.

Fiona uses the same acrylic medium as Julie uses for her landscape paintings, but in a completely different way.  Her textured semi abstract work is an interesting contrast to Julie’s finely detailed work. Julie also has a number of pastel landscapes this year.

They’ll both be delighted to show you their work and answer any questions.
There’ll also be homemade cake as usual!

York Open Studios
Friday          21st April  from   6pm – 9pm
Saturday     22nd  April from  10am – 6pm
Sunday       23rd April  from  11am – 5pm
Saturday     29th  April from  10am – 6pm

Sunday       30th  April  from 11am – 5pm

Julie Lightburn - Buttercup Field

Fiona Sheehan - Blue Wings 

Julie Lightburn - Hills of Heather 

Fiona Sheehan - Reflections 

Friday, 14 April 2017

YAS Discounts

There is a 10% discount for all members of the York Art Society in the following shops in York. Just show your membership card (2017-18) before purchase;
The Art Shop, 27 The Shambles
Blossom Street Gallery and Framing http://www.blossomstreet.co.uk/
D Frames, 56 Goodramgate

Landscape Artist of the Year

Hello there,

I hope you’re well. My name is Talitha and I work for the TV company who produces ‘Landscape Artist of the Year’ for Sky Arts. We are currently looking for artists to take part in the new series, and I am hoping this might be of interest to your artists.

The competition is open to both professional and amateur artists and all mediums are welcome (apart from digital artwork). Here is a link to our website with access to the online application form -https://www.skyartsartistoftheyear.tv/landscape

Deadline: Applications for Landscape Artist of the Year will close midday 28th April 2017. 

Best wishes, 


Talitha Smith
Assistant Producer
Landscape Artist of the Year 2017

Storyvault Films Limited
Bridge Studios  | 107a Hammersmith Bridge Road | London |W6 9DA
Tel: 020 8741 3929

204th Exhibition - Easter 2017

The 204th Exhibition at the De Grey Rooms, York is well underway with a great turnout of over 200 paintings.
Thank you to all members who entered and who volunteered to help out during the course of the exhibition.
The Preview Night was a great success, launched by Jonathan Newdick, Sculptor and Lecturer at York College, who identified and selected his choice paintings and gave some positive feedback. Born in Yorkshire, Jonathan has been making sculpture for over 30 years and was elected a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors in 2004. Jonathan works from his studio in York carving sculptures in wood, stone and bronze. Known for designing and sculpting York's famous cat sculptures, Jonathan is also creating semi-abstract and figurative sculptures for public and private commissions to be sited both at home in the UK and more distant locations, in America, Scandinavia and India.
Finally, congratulations to York Art Society member Shirley Davis-Dew whose painting was selected as the overall favourite, by members present.

All unsold work can be collected no earlier than 4pm on Easter Monday. You may also want to visit the York Shambles Art Market on the same day.

Self Help Group - Saturday 22 April

A reminder the next Self-Help workshop will take place this Saturday 22 April 10am - 4pm in Bishopthorpe. £6 each for the hire of the space, which includes free tea, coffee and biscuits!
You may paint anything of your choosing, in preparation for the next exhibition in September. Or, you may have been inspired by the recent artist demonstration by Heather Dixon who used acrylic with palette knives to paint a landscape! Some of the members have set themselves a challenge to have a go with this technique, so, if you have some palette knives which you never used before lying in a box in the cupboard, then dig them out and have a go!

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Self Help Workshop this Saturday 18 March - reminder!

Just a reminder about the Self-Help workshop this Saturday at Bishopthorpe from 10am - 4pm. Please bring a packed lunch, although tea and biscuits will be provided within the £6 studio hire fee.
This is the final workshop to get images painted in preparation for the Easter exhibition at the De Grey Rooms!

Artwaves Festival, Bridlington Spa 13 & 14 May

ArtWaves Festival is a visual art festival returning to Bridlington to showcase traditional, digital, contemporary and urban art through a vibrant programme of workshops, demonstrations, talks, exhibitions, have-a-go activities, installations and so much more.

See website HERE to download the full programme.

Weekend Art Workshops in Norfolk

Norfolk Creative Arts is a creative art school based in a beautiful grade II listed former junior school in a village called Grimston, in the heart of North West Norfolk.

We have an exciting programme of weekend art workshops, covering a range of subject matter and mediums, taught by artists from all over the UK. Some of them you may be familiar with from the SAA for example Marilyn Allis, John Glover, Malcolm Cudmore, Kevin Scully and John Tookey, to mention a few.

You can see all of our courses and tutors by visiting our website HERE

Our main studio has big windows bringing in lots of natural light. We are fully equipped with wooden standing easels, table top easels and drawing boards. A two course lunch, all refreshments and afternoon tea are included in the price of the weekend courses.

Why not combine your studies with a holiday. Norfolk is a truly special place of unspoiled charm and natural beauty, well known for its vast stretches of glorious beaches, picturesque market towns, villages and rolling countryside with the most amazing skies and sunsets. Some of our local sites include the Royal Estate of Sandringham, Holkham Hall, Houghton Hall and Castle Acre Priory.

If you need any further information please give us a call on 01485 240 420 or you can email us at art@norfolkcreativearts.co.uk.
We hope to hear from you soon.
Kind regards,

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Ilkley Art Show

Still a few months away, but a reminder that Ilkley Art Show returns this summer.

See more at this link

Hats optional.

Art On The Railings

This Summer for eight Saturdays, come and explore the relaxing creative atmosphere of York River Art Market.

There are still spaces left for exhibitors on a variety of dates.  To find out more, contact Charlotte at kiabranch23@yahoo.co.uk

You can also follow their activities on FaceBook

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Vicki Norman - Adventures in Oil

Just a reminder that Vicki Norman will be doing a demonstration this Saturday 11 March at 2pm Christ Church Parish Hall, Stockton Lane, York.
See her work here: HERE

Also - don't forget to bring your membership subs fee £37 if you have not done so already in order to renew for another year.

Publicising our Spring Exhibition

By now members of the Art Society will have received some A5 fliers for our up and coming exhibition at the De Grey Rooms next month. We would be most grateful if you could pin these up on your local noticeboards, leave them in your local shops, hairdressers, doctors waiting rooms etc, as well as handing them out to friends and family.  

The exhibition committee will be distributing them to tourist venues within the centre of York, but we have plenty to go round, so do pick some more up from the demo on Saturday.  The more we can spread the word, the more visitors we'll get to view all of the wonderful paintings we'll have on display.

Other ways you can help publicise the exhibition are by spreading the word via social networking, and for the more old fashioned of us, you could try asking to put an article in any newsletters distributed in your area (like church parish magazines, school handouts, village newsletters etc). 

You can download the poster  to use in emails or to print at home if you can't collect the pre-printed fliers.  

Many thanks for all your help, 

Julie Lightburn, 
Exhibition Committee Volunteer

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

2017 / 2018 Subscriptions

A reminder to members that subscriptions for the forthcoming April 2017 to March 2018 year fall due at the end of this month (31st March).

Membership cost has again been held steady at £37

The easiest way to renew is by seeking out Membership Secretary Linda Sturgeon or one of the other Committee members at one of our regular demonstrations.  You will be able to collect your new card and the 2017 / 2018 Artist Demonstration schedule at the same time.

If you are unable to make it along to one of those, please send your £37 fee plus a Stamped Self Addressed Envelope (to keep our costs down) to the Membership Secretary and we'll issue your new card and programme calendar.   Cheques should be payable to York Art Society and posted to 18 Common Road, Dunnington, York. YO19 5NG.

New members are always welcome and can obtain an application form at this link

Sunday, 26 February 2017

The Hepworth Wakefield Print Fair



The Hepworth Wakefield’s popular Print Fair returns in March alongside a programme of events which champion the art of printmaking.  The Print Fair will be held inside The Calder, our converted mill space, and will feature 50 printmakers, collectives and galleries from around the UK. FREE ENTRY.

Print Fair

Artist Book Fair, The Tetley, Leeds 4 & 5 March

PAGES Leeds | International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair

The Tetley, Leeds, 4th - 5th March 2017, 10am - 5pm 

Leeds Art Book Fair 

Pickering and District Rotary Club Art Exhibition

Where?  Memorial Hall, Pickering
When?  14 - 23 July 2017
Pickering members can apply for a board at £20 each and need to contact Chris Pearson: Epsicon@aol.com

Friday, 24 February 2017

2017 Spring Exhibition

York Art Society returns to the DeGrey Rooms in York for our 204th Exhibition this Spring.

The event begins with a Preview Evening on Easter Monday (April 10th) and continues until the following Monday April 17th.

Entry to the public is free from Tuesday 11th to Monday 17th.  Opening hours are 10:00am to 5:00pm daily, with the exception of the final day when it will close early to allow the collection of unsold work.

This is a fantastic opportunity for members to show their works in a stunning period building in the heart of the city, opposite York Art Gallery and next door to York Theatre Royal. This year, for the first time, we are extending the opportunity to exhibit digital artwork.

An entry form and the updated Exhibition Guidelines, including the new Digital rules, can be downloaded from our website using the links below.

If you missed the most recent Newsletter (or simply prefer a soft copy to read on a tablet or PC) you can also download that from the link above.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Self Help Workshop - Photographs

Another productive day at the Self Help Workshop in Bishopthorpe. 
Next Self-Help workshop is on Saturday 18 March which will be the last one before the Easter Exhibition! Hope you've all got four paintings to submit?! 
Katrina - Newsletter Editor. 

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Carol White - Bluebells in Watercolour - photographs

Here are the photographs of the beautiful bluebells in watercolour, by artist Carol White at yesterday's demo. 
Thanks to Carol who showed us how to do it! 

Friday, 10 February 2017

Spring Newsletter

A reminder that the latest Spring Newsletter will be launched at the Demonstration tomorrow - Saturday 11 February. Please come and collect it, along with the Exhibition Entry Form. This will really help us to save on postage costs!
You can also renew your Subs and collect the list of demonstrations for the forthcoming year, there will be a raffle (please donate art gifts / cards) and not forgetting the artist demo by Carol White 'Bluebells in Watercolour'.
So, a big event not to be missed!
Hope to see you all there!
Katrina - Newsletter Editor

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Carol White - Bluebells in Watercolour.

A reminder that we will be having a demonstration by Carol White - Bluebells in Watercolour at the next artist demonstration, Christ Church Parish Hall, Stockton Lane, York at 2pm on Saturday 11 February.  

You can have a look at Carol's work HERE 

This will also be an opportunity to renew your membership (which remains at £37) and find out the names of the artists who will be giving demonstrations from April... 

The latest newsletter will also be available for you to collect, alongside the entry form for the exhibition in the De Grey Rooms on Monday 10 April. 

So, please ensure you make it to the next demonstration on Saturday 11 February for; 

  • The Demo
  • Raffle
  • Renew membership (new programme)
  • Newsletter (exhibition entry forms) 
Look forward to seeing you there! 

Raffle at February 11th Artist Demo - appeal for gifts

Please could members donate prizes for the raffle which will be held at the next Artist Demo on Saturday 11 February at 2pm. We would especially like members to donate cards if you make them. 

Thank you! 

Membership Fee Renewal - £37

Message from Membership Secretary Linda Sturgeon: 
Subs are due by the 31 March. Fees are still £37.  Linda Sturgeon, Membership Secretary, will be at the February 11th and March 11th meetings to receive your payments. Otherwise please send a cheque made out to 'York Art Society'  to Linda at 18 Common Road, Dunnington, York YO195NG.

Thank you.  

Self Help Group - Record Turnout

There was a record turnout of members at the self-help workshop yesterday in Bishopthorpe. Twenty four members turned up at the recent workshop on Saturday 21 January. There were paintings in all mediums including oil, gouache, watercolour and pastel and it was fascinating to see the variety of genres and skills.
Looking forward to seeing the finished pieces at the De Grey Rooms exhibition on Monday 10 April (which is only just around the corner). Full details and entry form in the February Newsletter launched at the next Artist Demonstration on Saturday 11 February.
The next Self-Help groups are on Saturday 18 Feb and Saturday 18 March. They are so popular we are currently having one per month. Great!
If you would like to put your name down on the list for the next Self-Help group, please contact Lin Taylor lindaataylor36@gmail.com    

Sunday, 8 January 2017

York Art Society Demo with Sue Ford (pastel landscape) this Saturday 14 January

Happy New Year members! 

This is just a reminder that we have Artist Sue Ford giving a demonstration this Saturday 14 January 2017, at 2pm. 

Sue now lives in North Yorkshire and has experimented with all mediums and paints a wide range of subjects including coastal fishing villages. Sue exhibits in local and national galleries and is a member of The Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA), the Society of Women Artists and a member of the Society of All Artists (SAA). 

See more of Sue's work at: http://www.sueford.co.uk/