PIRBRIGHT ART CLUB is 21 years old in October 2020! Many of our founder members are still taking an active part in the club meetings, events and exhibitions. Created in 1999, by art tutor Maggie Read, as a way of continuing art sessions for her students during the long breaks between Adult Education terms, it has become a thriving and successful club. We have a reputation for excellence for the quality and presentation of the work on show at our annual exhibitions.
We attract a wide range of artists, from beginners to professionals, via our website, Maggie's art classes, workshops and demonstrations and by word-of-mouth. There are now four separate groups in the club, each meeting for drawing and painting sessions once a month. Members of all groups come together at our exhibitions, outdoor summer painting days and social events.
CLUB NEWS 2020
Pirbright Art Club re-opens for meetings in September (following latest Government guidelines) with certain safety measures in place to ensure we are Covid-secure. This means some significant changes for all groups. See Meetings page for further details. The group is run rather differently to many other local art groups and societies in that Maggie is a qualified tutor who sets the monthly themes and organises the meetings - she is there to demonstrate techniques and guide all members towards personal improvement.
During this summer's lockdown, members continued to be actively involved with the club by following the themes suggested for each month from home. Maggie was available to advise or critique work via WhatsApp or by email. Members were encouraged to post their own work on our Facebook page. From May, members could access YouTube videos specially created for their own group. Each group was sent an ID code. These short films were mainly to give inspiration to members to keep going with their art. Maggie's finished demonstration pieces were sent to members as an attached jpg as well as appearing on the website later. Some of these final pieces are shown below.
Maggie's Friday Morning Painting Class, which was running 'virtually' via WhatsApp during lockdown, also re-opened in late September, at Lord Pirbright's Hall. When they were unable to meet in person for their weekly classes, members posted images of their latest artwork (following the week's theme) at various stages of completion, for Maggie's advice and comments. Some examples of Friday Class students' lockdown work on the themes of "Still-life" and "Portrait" in the style of the Scottish Colourists and, more recently, "garden scenes" and "shadows", are shown here (right and below). Further examples can be seen on Maggie's own website: www.maggieread.co.uk
Pirbright Art Club produces three newsletters each year, each suitably styled by its whimsical editor, Stephen Jones. The latest edition can be downloaded here
A special lockdown edition of the Club's Newsletter was produced by Stephen for these extraordinary times. That edition can be downloaded here Member Carol Norris was impressed - she said: "What an excellent Newsletter and how very appropriate to title it Art in Adversity. I have to say it was a very enjoyable read and excellently produced by Stephen. Ironically the Renoir picture on page 9 is the very same picture that is hanging in our bedroom .... sadly not the original of course. Renoir has always been a favourite of mine and again it is very apt that it reminds us that dark times will pass eventually. The picture has now taken on a new meaning."
Pirbright Art Club now has its own newly created Instagram site, managed by Ingrid Skoglund. Make sure you follow us!
Maggie was "Artist of the Month" for Guildford Art Society for January. See her work on GAS Instagram.
See new work from members Colin Wood (winner of the Public Vote for Favourite Picture at our Annual Exhibition) and David Hardcastle (winner of our Artist of the Year trophy 2019) in the Members' Gallery.
ANNUAL EXHIBITION 2019
The Club held a hugely successful 20th Annual Exhibition over the first weekend of December, 2019. This included a once-off "Black Friday" sale of unsold, previously exhibited, artwork. The exhibition was formally opened on the Saturday morning by Steve Fidgett - chairman of Pirbright Parish Council and a regular visitor to our annual exhibitions.
Our exhibition was bigger and better than ever and many new artists were exhibiting in the main display for the first time. Our entries included everything from exquisite watercolour and oil paintings but also enamels, linocuts and wonderful felt paintings and sculptures of animals.
Many sales were made both from the main exhibition (see a selection below) and the 'Black Friday' sale, as well as numerous printed cards, prints of current paintings and unframed, mounted work. The cafe and the raffles, held on both days, were, as usual, well received by all visitors. All-in-all a very successful weekend.
20th ANNIVERSARY CHRISTMAS SOCIAL
Our 20th Anniversary Christmas Social, held at the Worplesdon Golf Club, in mid-December, 2019, was well attended by over 50 members and friends. The golf club did us proud with an excellent venue, superb food and first-class service.
During the event we were entertained by magician, Chris Scade, and then singer / guitarist, Dean Dyson, who serenaded us during and after our meal - a few people even ended up dancing. Everyone agreed that the Social was a great way to end our 20th Anniversary year.
BLACK FRIDAY SALE
David Harmer's painting (below) was painted almost a decade ago, alongside two other similar pieces. Both of the other pieces, one of Pirbright Pond and the other of Pirbright Church sold, but this painting of the Cricketers Pub never found its buyer. Nevertheless this professionally framed work was offered for sale as part of the Club's Black Friday extravaganza and sold! David says that had it not sold he was considering donating it to Woking Hospice shop, as pressure on his storage space was becoming serious!
The Club visited the Lightbox, Woking in January, 2020 to see the latest exhibition, "Burning Bright : The Scottish Colourists". Click here to see details of this exhibition and other exhibitions at the Lightbox.