April 2022

Johns Demo piece


What a busy month April is turning out to be, two weekend workshops at St James church hall on Arbuthnot Street and and one evening demonstration at the community centre. We have many members exhibiting in galleries throughout Aberdeenshire and we also had several members exhibit their art works at the Inverbervie Annual Exhibition in the Burgh Hall at the beginning of April.


We kicked off the month with our first in person weekend workshop for over two years. John O’Neill took a group of 10 club members, myself included, through an introduction to painting landscapes in oils. The time passed by so quickly I even forgot to have lunch. We all learnt a lot and thoroughly enjoyed the day. From all those who attended we give a huge thanks to John for his time and patience. A second workshop will be held at the end of the month and due to demand he has also agreed to hold a third workshop in May. Watch this space for more as we will be asking John back for some Watercolour workshops. 


On Wednesday 8th April our evening talk was given by Elaine Reid, a writer and artist based in Aberdeenshire. Combining her two passions she creates beautiful pieces of art through various media. We were guided through her ‘Talking to the Tides’ series and shown how she creates her images using cold wax, oil paints and writing. 


The end of the month 30th April sees the second of Johns workshops and on May 29th the third. Our new art in company group will commence in the Blue Room of the Community Centre on Wednesday May 11th for those members not attending the ‘Pretty Rubbish Mosaics’ evening demo at Dess.

We are still working on the new membership area. The first thing to go up there will be a discussion/chat forum, then we’ll work on a members profile area.

Check out our Programme of Events page for the rest of this years evening talks. There are still a couple of TBA’s (To Be Announced) and these will be updated as and when. Judy is working on our workshops, so keep an eye out for updates.


Our website will be updated to include a new Members area. All club members will be given access to an exclusive members page which will include a discussion forum to enable members to share  ideas, create opportunities for meetups, such as the Friday sessions, or just to let us know what else you would like the club to do. The topics could be as wide and varied as the members of the club. Then we are looking at adding a profile section where each member can add in further information about themselves and be able to share any links to your own social media pages, website, Facebook, Instagram etc… however we will ask if you do this, please share the club website details in return. The ultimate addition will be an upload area to add in your own art works to the gallery. Of course there are caveat’s here, where any art work for sale in the gallery cannot be exhibited elsewhere for sale. Currently there is the showcase page where all our members are able to showcase one art work, this does not have to be for sale. We are also opening up the gallery to enable the sale of prints and cards, please contact me if you wish to update current entries or add in any new.


If you are looking for a little bit of art inspiration for this month there are a number of exhibitions on going:

Aberdeen Artists Society Exhibition – BP Special Exhibition Galleries  – Aberdeen Art Gallery 16th April – 3rd July

Kenny Hunter – What the Thunder Said – Sculpture Court –  Aberdeen Art Gallery – until October 30th

Francis Walker – Printing On –  Gallery 3 – Aberdeen Art Gallery until 12th June

Members: Let me know if you have an exhibition you would like to advertise.

A TOPIC for your SKETCHBOOK  this April – April showers

Here’s a few of my photo’s you’re free to use for inspiration.