Welcome to the new Stonehaven Art Club Year 2022. The last couple of years have been difficult for all and it has been a challenge to keep the club on track, but a huge thanks must go to all our outgoing Committee for all the hard work done on keeping the club together. With the loss of the Townhall for refurbishment, COVID, and then the loss of the Invercarron Resource Centre it has not been easy to find a suitable location for our monthly gatherings, workshops and annual exhibition, however we have survived and can look forward to an active, social arty year.
This week saw our first meeting in the Blue Room at the Stonehaven Community Centre, we kicked off with the AGM and the election of a new Committee filled with faces old and new, then followed by a very interesting and informative talk from Contemporary Landscape Artist John O’Neill. John brought along a selection of both his recent Oil and his Watercolour paintings and will be our first workshop host to be held in April. Our picture is one of John’s paintings with our outgoing President Ragnhild Ericsson wearing one of her delightful handknitted jumpers.
Check out our Programme of Events page for 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.
During lockdown one of our long standing members, Liz Hunt, started an en plein air session down at the harbour on Friday mornings, weather permitting of course. I’m sure that these will commence again soon. Inspired by this, we are now including an evening informal art gathering to be held one Monday a month, at the Community Centre. Although the first of these will be held in the Blue Room on Wednesday 11th May, for those not wishing to attend the excursion to Pretty Rubbish Mosaics at Dess, as there are limited numbers for this event. After that the Monday session will begin. Details to follow.
WATCH THIS SPACE…
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 ar add in any new.
INSPIRATION FOR MARCH…
If you are looking for a little bit of art inspiration for this month there are a number of exhibitions on going:
Members: Let me know if you have an exhibition you would like to advertise.
A TOPIC for your SKETCHBOOK this MARCH – A Spring in Your Step
Here’s a few of my photo’s you’re free to use.
Looking forward to a productive year of art!
Your Club President.