If you haven’t already booked your tickets for the annual Rayleigh Art Group (RAG) Fish/Chicken & Chips Supper and Quiz Night, then now is the time to do so. This event is as usual in the Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh and all members and their guests are very welcome.The quiz will start at 7.30pm sharp on Wednesday 28th March 2018 so please get there a little bit earlier.
There is a charge of £7.00 a head and tickets are available from Val Belverstone and you should contact her as soon as possible as the food order has to go in very soon. Tea and coffee will be available but please feel free to bring your drinks of choice.
Please be advised that your normal quiz master is indisposed and therefore there is a change of quiz master and as such the questions could be easier or harder, but whichever, we are sure you will have an enjoyable evening amongst friends.
On behalf of the RAG Committee.
Following his visit last year, Liam McFalcon would like to thank Rayleigh Art Group members for supporting him during the difficult start-up period of his business. He would now like to offer Rayleigh Art Group members a discounted rate for his first Essex-based event.
‘Owls After Dark’ takes place at the Beechwood Equestrian Centre in Rettendon on the 13th February. Featuring two Owl demonstrations with special lighting effects and a classical musical accompaniment, plus a soup and roll supper and a sweet treat. It also includes the chance to hold an Owl and take home a framed photograph of your experience. Please find attached a picture of his leaflet for more information.
Tickets are normally £30 per person but he would like to offer you £20 a ticket for a minimum of six tickets to thank our members for their support. Please contact Colin Mossman to indicate your interest.
Members are reminded that the Welcome Back Workshop is on Wednesday 24th January 2018 when a Film will be shown. All members and guest are welcome.
Well I hope all those that attended the Rayleigh Art Group Christmas party last night enjoyed the evening as much as we did. There was a pleasant buzz the whole evening as members and their guests caught up with old friends and enjoyed a plate or two of food and a complimentary drink.
We were very lucky to have Sandra Hall come along and give us a demonstration on clay crafting, a slightly difficult task for her as the hall was extremely hot and the clay was drying very quickly. However, she was brilliant and very informative about the clay, how to use it, fire it, glaze it and then in her case hopefully sell it.
Sandra made a witch, quite quickly really although she said she had pre-rolled the clay to enable her to complete the subject in the evening. It was going to have to dry out and then be fired in the kiln when she had enough other pieces of a similar size to fill the kiln. It is fired for about 8 hours in her new kiln and then cooled and glazed and then fired again for a similar amount of time. It would be lovely to see the finished article but I am sure it will snapped up at a craft fair in the Spring.
We had a couple of table quizzes provided by Annabel, I think we all pondered over them for most of the evening. Obviously some of us are chocoholics and new many of the answers to one set of questions.
It was lovely to see our new Chairman, Colin Mossman, at the party. He has had a back operation recently and as we could see, is making a speedy recovery.
Our competition this year for the Reg Whiting Award was ‘A Question of Sport’. There were 11 entries this year so not as many as last year so maybe some of you couldn’t get your heads around the title. Cathy Newton won with a picture of racing cars in action and Runner up was by Annabel Hearn of a swimming pool.
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and hope to see some of you in January at the workshop and then many others at the first Demonstration on 14th February, there is a change to the demonstrator as Malcolm Perry is coming to us.
A date for your diary, Wednesday 6th December 2017 is the Rayleigh Art Group Christmas Party so make a note.
The evening will start at 7.30pm and all members and their guests are welcome to participate, you just need to bring some food and Rayleigh Art Group will supply the liquids. Do not forget your painting, entitled ‘A Question of Sport’ for this years competition – we hope a large number of you will have painted a picture for the competition!
To make the evening more interesting, we have invited Sandra Hall a local Crafter specialising in Ceramics and Pottery to give a talk.
Sandra’s main creations are of characters emanating from Medieval and Victorian periods based on sketches by Gustav Dore, John Tenniel and Cervantes. Each piece is hand built and unique. Chess pieces based on Alice in Wonderland and Lord of the Rings. Her work includes a wide range of subjects, personalised house plaques and wall plaques, also fantasy subjects of your choice.
Rayleigh Art Group will be hosting a watercolour demonstration by Joe F Dowden tomorrow evening (Wednesday 8th November). The demonstration will be in the Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh SS6 7QF, starting at 7:30pm sharp, so please arrive soon after 7:00pm. Guests are welcome to participate for a small charge of £4.00.
Joe is a Landscape and Seascape Painter and has exhibited at the Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Exhibition, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, Laing Art Exhibition, Chichester Open, Barings ING – Platform 100, World of Drawings and Watercolours, British Modern Masters, Royal Society of Marine Artists.
Stages one man shows at Albury, Southern UK. Paintings sell at Elford Fine Art, Fine Art UK & British Modern Masters 2008. Author of books and magazine articles. Published worldwide. Presents TV, DVD, seminars, demonstrations and he is a Panel Member of the SAA.
“Joe is a very fine watercolourist, and a magical, water, watercolour artist. But there’s more: he is a brilliant teacher and communicator. As a teacher, he is able to both demonstrate his skill and watercolour technique in a methodical, clear, step-by-step process and along the way run an instructive commentary telling you exactly what he’s doing with variations and alternative approaches. He adds to all this a cornucopic list of useful tips on equipment, advice on best brushes, colours and paper suppliers, colour mixes and much more.”
Over the last few weeks a number of Rayleigh Art Group members have entered various competitions around the district and are to be congratulated on taking first and runner up positions, namely-:
The Odd Fellows Organisation ran a competition in the old Hockley Fire Station with various categories:
Watercolour – Colin Mossman 1st (River Crouch in Hullbridge)
Craft Section – Sue Bridger 1st
Acrylic Section – Sue Bridger 1st (Boat); Runner-up Cathy Newton (Montage of Local scenes in Essex)
Thundersley Congregational Church ran a Painting Competition for the Over 18 and Under 18’s
Over 18 – Cathy Newton 1st; Anna Tobey 2nd and Ken Marjoram a new member 3rd.