We are a dynamic group and hold a range of events throughout the year at several different venues all with wheelchair access.
We meet for DEMONSTRATIONS, TALKS, COMPETITIONS, CRITIQUES on the first and third Tuesday evening of most months 7pm-9pm at the Sea Cadets Hall, Camperdown Terrace, Exmouth EX8 1EJ. Guests are welcome to join us for a nominal contribution of £1.
On each Thursday morning and afternoon of most months 9:3am-12.30pm and 1pm-4pm members come together at the Sea Cadets Hall for INFORMAL ART SESSIONS (visit the Pursuits page to find out more).
Our ANNUAL EXHIBITION is held in October at Ocean on Exmouth Seafront.
Our Patrons, Nigel and Heleen Lyndsay Fynn, invite us to a SUMMER RECEPTION at Lee Ford their glorious home in Budleigh Salterton.
WORKSHOPS, COMMITTEE MEETINGS, SOCIAL EVENT take place at the Manor Hotel.
The first competition of the new year perhaps offers two techniques new to you or which you use infrequently?
C1 Left Out in the Cold (Pointillism or Stippling)
C2 Standing Tall (Collage)
A Fine Art graduate, Richard grew up in Lympstone and works from his Exeter studio. He will cover a range of charcoal and carbon produces including conte, charcoal powder, compressed charcoal and of course willow and vine charcoal.
Visit his website at www.richardrochester.co.uk and read about a previous project to create a multi-panel drawing for 'A Journey Through Conflict' fusing art, music and testimony and which toured the UK in October and November.
Louise lives in Lympstone and says her themes are increasingly inspired by the character of her estuary home - its harbour and fishing traditions - and she will be demonstrating painting 'Seascapes with Boats' in watercolour.
Find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pg/LouiseBanksArt
Specialising in textiles, printing and paper-making, some of you will know the wonderful, vibrant talent of Helen and in her presentation she will be giving an insight of working with starch resist fabric painting and machine embroidery.
To see some images visit her website at www.helenplant.co.uk and Facebook page www.facebook.com/helenplanttextileartist
You might see a connecting element this month. In the words of Keats 'A thing of beauty is a joy for ever'.
C1 Finding Joy (Any Medium)
C2 Botanical Flower Study (Watercolour Pens or Inktense)
Janey is a Devon based artist specialising in commissioned animal portraits in watercolour, pastel or oils and exhibits marine landscape paintings. For the Group she will demonstrate 'A Landsacpe Scene in Pastels'.
Find her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Jane-Leitch-Art
Both topics with a focus on social units but clearly offering diverse scope for inspiration.
C1 Family (Mixed Media)
C2 Music Makers (Pen and Wash)
A chance for expressing motion and/or the opposite?
C1 Movement (Pastels)
C2 The Sea (Acrylic or Oil)
Becci studied 3D Design but has always spent time painting and drawing which she now incorporates into her photography. Her camera, she says, enables her to observe patterns, shapes, detail and colour. Her presentation and talk will be on 'Exploring New Horizons of Abstract Impressions in Photography'.
Have a look at some of her stunning images by visiting becciheyphotography.com
Two more eclectic themes to foster your creativity.
C1 Submerged (Acrylic or Oil)
C2 Exmouth in Bloom (3D Any Medium)
Rachel is a watercolour artist who says she gains much inspiration from landscapes, wildlife and the Devon and Cornwall coasts. She had a recent commission to provide paintings for Lympstone Manor and will let us see how she captures so well the essence of her subject by illustrating a 'Puffin in Flight'.
Check out her beautiful images by visiting www.watercoloursbyrachel.co.uk
This month two open themes for awards bestowed by Group members.
C1 The Paul Butler Salver for Architectural Landscape (Any Medium)
C2 The Neil Ashley Cup for Monochrome Drawing (Charcoal)
Group member Cheryl Ferris will be revealing how she makes her wonderful artwork through the technique of Pyrography and Mixed Media creating for us a 'British Field Mouse'. She says she is happiest bringing colour, pigment and materials together.
See her inspirational creativity by visiting www.fairiewood.co.uk
An opportunity to use recycled items and to make a bit of a splash.
C1 Beauty in Waste (Recycled Items)
C2 Splash Landing (Any Medium)
David is a watercolourist and author of two books on watercolour painting. He has, he says, a passion for capturing the effect of light in his seascapes and townscapes but an important factor is catching the story behind an image. His demonstration title is 'Taking Risks'.
View some glorious images by visiting davidnormanwatercolours.com and as he says perhaps take up an invitation to find your own interpretation and weave a story into his paintings.
And to end the year of competitions with a flourish.
C1 Fierce and Furious (Charcoal)
C2 Caricature or Cartoon (Any Medium)
Eve is a postgraduate of Winchester College and paints in an abstract and expressionist style. She says colour is very emotive for her and always leads the way. Her intriguing demonstration title is 'A Splash of Colour. Overcoming the Fear of the Blank'.
Our celebration at the Manor Hotel is a festive, social occasion - finger buffet, complimentary drink, bar open, good company, lovely atmosphere, quizzes, raffle - so unsurprisingly always well attended.
The theme for the optional competition is 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' in any medium with the winner chosen by members and presented with the Roger Matthews Cup.