Unless otherwise indicated the venue for all events listed here is the Sea Cadets Hall, Camperdown Terrace, Exmouth EX8 1EJ and time 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Guests are welcome to come to the evening meetings and the Hall does have wheelchair access.
Two apt competition themes given that there is some thought that the name of this month is derived from the Latin word aperit, which means to open, reflecting the growing season. Enter either or both.
C1 Celebrating Spring (IPad Art)
C2 Textured Landscapes (Mixed Media including texture found in the landscape)
Two competitions to brighten up our outlook - even if the weather lets us down. Enter either or both.
C1 Spring Lambs (Watercolour Pencils and/or Inktense)
C2 Days in the Sun (Acrylic or Oil)
A case of déjà vu this year as we return to the site of the old Elizabeth Hall for our celebrated Festival Exhibition and sale of original artwork. Venue is the ground floor Community Room at the Premier Inn on Exmouth seafront, perfect to enjoy stunning views inside and out and relax with refreshments in the hotel's cafe overlooking the beautiful Exe Estuary.
No admission charge and open from 26th May through to June 10am-4pm on display will be an eclectic mix of fine paintings plus the chance of a sneak preview of a Kite Festival piece commissioned by Exmouth Rotary.
With the younger artist in mind we will have free workshop activities on the 29th, 30th and 31st. Run by Helen Plant, who inspired so many children to express their creative talents at the event last year, there is very much an eco-friendly theme this time making art from recycled objects (perhaps salvaged from the beach) and paper making. On sale too is the Jurassic Coast Mural booklet produced by Group members - ideal for the junior illustrator because there are lots of dinosaurs to colour in!
Another two diverse topics for this month's competitions. Enter either or both.
C1 Standing Still (Pastels)
C2 Around the World (Mixed Media)
Jacqueline Gaylard specialises in painting animals and enjoys capturing the individual personalities of her subjects. She will be giving us an insight into the techniques she uses for producing that realistic soft fluffy fur, delicate whiskers, wet noses or elegant feathers in Acrylic.
Land and Sea are the focus for this month's competitions. Enter either or both.
C1 Nautical Theme (Watercolour)
C2 Devon Livestock (Acrylic)
The duo of competitions merited with awards donated by two Group members. The Paul Butler Salver for Architecture Landscape and the Neil Ashley Cup for Monochrome Drawing. Your choice of subject and enter either or both.
C1 Architecture Landscape (any Medium)
C2 Monochrome Drawing (Charcoal)
Several definitions can be applied as inspiration for both competitions this month. For example fete, fair, gala, carnival, fiesta, jamboree, pageant all immediately spring to mind for the Festival theme and breaking weather could be in respect to heat or cold, wetness or dryness, calm or storm, clearness or cloudiness. And enter either or both.
C1 Festivals (Acrylics or Oils)
C2 The Breaking Weather (IPad Art)
We cannot think of anyone more qualified than Ray Balkwill to give a talk on how every picture tells a story. A much admired and prolific artist he is sure to have some entertaining narratives to relate from the wide selection of paintings he has produced over the years.
You could say that this month's competitions have some atmospheric connection. Enter either or both.
C1 Constable's Legacy (Watercolour)
C2 Rainy Days (Pastel)