WHO WE ARE
Guildford Art Society began in 1923 and has a current membership of 235 artists practising and non-practising, amateur and professional. The Society offers a full programme of demonstrations, talks, workshops and two exhibitions annually and is an open and social as well as creative organisation.
We were established to encourage the visual arts, painting, sculpture and crafts. To that end the Committee arranges physical and on-line demonstrations, outdoor painting days, workshops and exhibitions. Members also get together informally and organise their own events, social and craft related.
The purpose of this open website is to present to the general public and our members, our news, information about events, to show members' artworks in our gallery and give guidance on making contact with us. You can also look at our Members' Facebook page by clicking here.
2021 AUTUMN EXHIBITION
We are planning to have our 2021 Autumn Exhibition in the restored barn at West Horsley Place from 6th to the 14th of November 2021. Setting up will be on the 5th November and taking down will be on the 15th November. There is some time between now and then so you can start painting now or framing your works. As we have more information it will be shown on this website and our Facebook Group page with entry forms and instructions available on the website Exhibitions Page.
You can volunteer to be a steward in this lovely setting and enjoy the whole event even more.
Ingrid Skoglund will be pleased to have your help and ideas so please contact her as soon as you can at Exhibitions Coordinator.
GAS PIPELINE - this is our new monthly communication to our members. The March version has been emailed to all members and is also available to view on this website. Go to the GAS Pipeline page or click on the underlined heading.
Membership Renewal - Subscriptions Due 1 January 2021. On 25 Feb 75% of paying members have cheerfully paid their fees. However If you still need to pay up then ......
Check your SO dates and set up, or pay via BACS to sort code 30-93-74 and account number 03885619. £25 for email members and £30 for postal members. Put "GAS Subs" in as your reference.
You should only return the Renewal Form if your personal details have changed, so we can then keep your details correct in our Members' Database. Otherwise just email email@example.com to confirm payment.
Letter from Sinclair Webster, Chairman, 15 January 2021
Goodbye 2020. Two weeks into 2021 and what a grim start to the year this has been! In October I wrote to you about how we were participating in the resurgence of cultural activities, only to have our proposed Autumn show shelved a few weeks later.
Sadly, with the pandemic still raging, I fear that we will have to cancel or certainly delay the Spring Exhibition in March but hope that we will be able to hold the Autumn Exhibition later in the year.
We are considering postponing the AGM until April to see if the government’s review of restrictions will allow us to hold this as a live meeting but if not, we are planning to hold it as an on-line Zoom meeting. Officers’ reports will be issued in advance and there will be time for questions on these by Members.
Workshops and demonstrations
Sally Perella, our Events Co-ordinator, has done a survey and by the end of this month will produce a schedule of demonstrations that should appeal to a range of different interests. They will run one a month until June. We hope that by September we will be able to restart live events at St. Catherine’s Village Hall.
Secondly, we are considering introducing a “meet and chat” event, perhaps once a week or once a fortnight when we get together on-line to share a virtual morning coffee or tea and maybe share what we have been working on.
Our Exhibitions Secretary, Ingrid Skoglund, and her colleagues are looking at the options of a virtual exhibition considering such things as how we would collect the money from sales, reimburse artists and organise transmission of works to buyers. Would collection in person work?
Submission of works by those who wish to become Exhibiting Members
Last year we had to suspend the usual process of submitting works and having them reviewed. However, this year we are hoping that by the end of July we will be able to proceed as normal. Again, we will review the situation in three months’ time and if necessary, see if we can devise an online alternative.
Over the lockdown the internet has been invaluable in enabling us to keep in touch with family and friends. The Committee think this is the way forward for the Society. We are planning a bulletin to be sent out by email every month to keep you up to date with all activities. It has been given the title of the GAS Pipeline! We have made the decision to stop the Newsletter, which is expensive to edit, print and post. There are a few members who still do not have internet access and they will continue to receive the bulletin by mail.
In the past, we sent postal mail to Life Members but we hope you understand the need for this to cease.
There are changes afoot with the Committee. Ingrid Skoglund will remain as Exhibition Secretary but will stand down as Vice Chairman. We are delighted that Melanie Cambridge has agreed to be co-opted onto the Committee and will take on this role. Two new members co-opted some months ago are David and Cecilia Sprot. David is a retired Finance Director with Inchcape who took up painting “when released for good behaviour”! Cecilia has a Masters Degree in Information Systems and a Fine Art Degree from Farnham Art College. Both are interesting artists. Google David Sprot and you will see their work. Both are very experienced in curating and organising exhibitions and they will be a great asset to the Society.
All three will be standing for election at the AGM. Marylin McNie will stand down as Newsletter Editor and David Sprot has agreed to take on the job of producing the new GAS Pipeline.
The Committee send their good wishes to you. Keep painting and keep safe.
SELECTION DAY FOR EXHIBITING MEMBERS
Due to the exceptional circumstances generated by Covid 19 and the impact it is having, we have decided to defer Selection Day until July 2021 when it is hoped that the situation will have improved. Usually the Spring Exhibition is for all members and the Autumn Exhibition is for exhibiting members. However that may change and all members may be able to enter the next physical exhibition although we are not sure when it will happen.
You will have the opportunity to submit your work to be considered for exhibiting status prior to the 2021 Autumn Exhibition. We will decide upon the nature of that exhibition nearer the time which itself may be influenced by the venue.
SOCIAL MEDIA and COVID-19 - an appeal from our Social Media Secretary
We know not everyone uses Facebook, but it is a way for us to share information with each other during these unordinary times. Below is an explanation of the two different accounts. I hope it clears things up and possibly more people will join and use the MEMBERS PAGE We also have Instagram and Twitter accounts.
Guildford Art Society MEMBERS Facebook page: if you haven’t already, please join. This is where you will find important information regarding the society and also see what other members are doing. We have 241 members in the society but only 135 in the group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/guildfordartsociety/
Guildford Art Society PUBLIC Facebook page: this is where we share information to the public about our society….not where we interact with each other. Please comment, like and share anything you find interesting to your personal or art page. https://www.facebook.com/guildfordartsociety/
Guildford Art Society Instagram: if you have an Instagram account could you please use #guildfordartsociety in all you art related posts. Follow everyone the art society follows because we follow all members. Comment or like the art society posts. If you are not followed by us let us know. See https://www.instagram.com/guildfordartsociety/
@GuildfordArt on Twitter: if you have a Twitter account could you please use #guildfordartsociety in all you art related tweets. If you are not followed by us let us know. See https://twitter.com/GuildfordArt
Image of the Month - by Lauren Sapseid
It is only when we are no longer fearful that we begin to create. - J. M. W. Turner
If you would like to submit work to be chosen as image of the month or to be shown in the Gallery on this website please click here to send your request and we will get back to you.
One of Sinclair Webster's Paintings
NEXT PROGRAMME EVENTS - 2021
LOOK AT THE PROGRAMME PAGE
Friday Group News from Annmarie
We hope to resume our normal Friday meeting at Shalford in September 2021.
Monica is stepping down as model organiser so if anyone would like to take over that job it would be appreciated.
Thursday Group News from Cathy Brook
Unfortunately, due to the current Covid-19 scenario, the Thursday Art Group at St Catherine's Hall is not going to be meeting for the autumn 2020 term. It is hoped that the group might resume sometime in 2021.
Many of our next Society demonstrations will be on line digital presentations.
Please click on and look at the rearranged Programme for the rest of 2021. Members can take part in the digital and on-line demonstrations. There are no limits about the numbers who can sign in.
Members must book by emailing Sally Perrella, Programme Secretary, as soon as possible on firstname.lastname@example.org if requested. She will reply by telling you how to use your digital device to link to the on-line digital video presentation. Or to get internet links yourself look at the Programme page or visit our Facebook Group page.
If the Covid-19 lockdown is extended then we may arrange more demonstrations in this way and we will also do that if they work well.
For groups who met on Thursday and Fridays you should contact your group organiser to see what is happening. It may be possible to organise without meeting up but that will be down to the organisers and their groups.
FLYERS PAGE ENTRIES
This website page shows events organised by Guildford Art Society members either on their own, with other members or artistic associates. The flyers or posters are put together by their organisers and generally not edited by our webmaster who publishes them and removes them when out of date. The purpose of this page is to give such events publicity through the Guildford Art Society website and help members promote themselves.
If you have a flyer you want published then click here send it to our webmaster preferably in jpeg or png format. Make sure it is legible and readable at A5 size. Try it on your own smart phone to check it out.
Look at the FLYERS page to see what events our members are involved in and promoting.
Here’s a message from our Programme Secretary - Sally Perrella.
Please let Sally have your thoughts by emailing her direct on email@example.com
During this crazy time I hope you are all safe & well. As we are in lockdown I have had to suspend our planned calendar of demos & workshops. While we wait for life to return to some form or normality I wanted to see if you would like to attend some virtual demos instead. Several of these have now been arranged and some we may share with other art societies.
How Virtual Demos Work
We schedule a virtual demo at a specific date & time (Saturday afternoons)
We email you a link to a website & a passcode so you can access the virtual demo at the time of the session. Most artists are using Zoom which can be used on PC, Mac, iPad , iPhones & other smart phones and others use Youtube or Facebook.
Once you are on the virtual demo the artists can be seen and heard and you have the ability to ask them questions, as you would in a normal demo. Sometimes the artist may accept questions only through a Chat textbook with an assistant passing over the questions.
Look at the Programme page on this website to see what has been arranged.
Please can you let me know which sessions you’d prefer to attend & any other feedback and preferred subjects you have about this?
Programme Manager - Guildford Art Society
SUBMITTING ART WORK TO THE GUILDFORD ART SOCIETY ON-LINE GALLERY
If you are a Member and would like to show your artwork on this website then you should follow these instructions. Do not miss any information because it is used to reference your work and to identify creators to website viewers. The more artworks we can show on-line, then the better.
You need to submit your name, title of the work, sizes in height and width in cms, media used, price if for sale, your email address, your website address if you have one. Send this information with an electronic digital photograph of your work, preferably unframed and photographed in good natural light to our Web administration by email.
Unframed work usually photographs better because there are no reflections upon the glass to distort the image. If you can, just try out the digital image upon your own computer screen to see how it looks. If you do not like it, then take another photograph.
Use this email link to submit your work: send image.
When you wish to have your artwork removed from the on-line gallery then email again to ask for their withdrawal. You own the copyright to your own work.
A REMINDER - EXPANSION of OUR ON-LINE GALLERIES
Click on the Gallery heading above and you will now see that we have more galleries in place. There is an Artist of the Month gallery which will feed an archive gallery of the same. We also have images relating to previous exhibitions, for example the Pavilion show in 2019, a Patchings entries gallery, a portraits' gallery from Jane Allison and the open gallery in which members' works have been shown for some time. We also try to show images of works in our current exhibitions when we are able to organise external live shows.
Valerie Thorpe (4 paintings), Sinclair Webster (2 paintings) and Nilgün Nancy Alemdar Kozak (6 portraits) have been added to main gallery. Click here to have look.
Members can submit images to the Artist of the Month gallery via the Social Media Secretary and images for the members' main gallery through the Webmaster. If you wish to submit images then look at the Webmaster's contact page to see how to do it or read the notes above again.
Show your paintings at the offices of RSM Guildford
2019 Autumn Exhibition at West Horsley Place
Our exhibition ran from Saturday 2nd to Sunday 10 November 2019 with Exhibiting Members' works on show at West Horsley Place, Epsom Road, West Horsley, KT24 6AN. This is just off the Epsom Road (A25) on the north side after you have gone easterly past the Squires Garden Centre.
This Grade 1 old manor house is where Henry VIII and Elizabeth I dined. It was left in her will by the Countess of Roxburghe to Bamber Gascoigne. He transferred it to the Mary Roxburghe Trust which is now rescuing and restoring the 380 acre estate and the Grade 1 Manor House.
Some of the works shown are also in our on line Gallery on this website, which you can view by clicking here or going to the Gallery page above.
This exhibition was very successful with a great many visitors from the prosperous areas surrounding West Horsley Place. They were pleased to visit works of art in a very well known Manor House that used to be private and secluded but is now being restored.
Thanks to everyone who helped make this exhibition such a success, our best ever and to the exhibition team that worked so hard to make the 2019 exhibiting year a memorable one.
Statistics from the West Horsley Place Exhibition:
We had approx 1500 visitors
We sold 71 pieces of art by 38 artists including sales by new 2019 exhibiting artists
Most expensive piece sold £790
Highest selling artist £1250 (two pieces - one buyer)
Value of artwork entered £64,000
Total artwork sales 2019 Autumn exhibition - £14,245 !
Sum Total of artwork Sales for 2019 is Spring exhibition +pop up +Autumn exhibition = over £20,000
Well done member artists! 👏👏👏👏
Our success means more work. We could do with more members' help. So let’s hear from you. Don’t be shy. Contact exhibitions coordinator Ingrid Skoglund or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to thank Giles Reid, Trustee of West Horsley Place @WestHorsleyPlace who opened our exhibition on Saturday 2 Nov 2019. Giles was introduced by our Chairman, Sinclair Webster.
Our President June Allison officiated the awards presentation to the following artists at the opening.
AJS Award to Maggie Butler for "Bird Form"
George Weil Award to Christine Taharian for "The View"
Mary Wilkie Award to Michael Gallone for "Clacton Beach"
The Aquarius Award to Valerie Thorpe for "Maltese Harbour"
The President’s Award to Anne Heat for "Chamomile and Cup"
The Country Club Award to Fiona Champion for "Amur Leopard"
The RSM Contemporary Artwork Prize to Margaret Benton for "Girl Blue"
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