Our Cairngorms exhibition is now open at Grantown Museum.
We were delighted to see so many friendly faces at last night’s opening. The art looks great and it was fantastic to see such a wide range of media and techniques being used. Pastels, watercolour, acrylic, embroidery, printing – all those lessons have really paid off!
And of course, the big event of the night – announcement of the winner of the Gordon Crisell Shield.
There was fierce voting, with a range of artworks in contention.
But the winner was Ellis Rowe, with his acrylic painting of Anagach Woods.
SAG chairwoman Angela Wood handed over the trophy to a delighted Ellis at the end of the night.
Many thanks to all who came along and especially to those members who organised, poured drinks and counted votes.
The exhibition is now on until July 1. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday, 10-5pm. Our members will be on hand to chat to visitors about the work!
We’ll leave you with a wee glimpse of what’s in store when you visit – and our member Rona Smith left speechless after winning top prize in the raffle.
With just a few days to go until we launch our summer exhibition, Cairngorms, here’s a wee reminder about the requirements and arrangements.
Members can exhibit up to four works, at a cost of £2 each. Forms have been sent out and should be returned to Liz Downie, with payment, by Wednesday Jun 14 at the latest.
Artworks should be handed in at Grantown Museum on Saturday June 17, 1-2pm. They must be framed – fitted with D-rings and cord, not wire. Works should also be taped at the back, along with a label detailing the title, artist’s name and price.
No clip frames and if works are too heavy/large, they may have to be exhibited on the floor.
The opening event is from 6.30pm-8pm on Saturday June 17 – all welcome so bring your friends. Drinks will be provided but members are asked to contribute a plate of nibbles.
The rota for manning the exhibition is circulating via e-mail so do volunteer for a shift if you can. Having members there really does help.
As usual, commission on sales is 20% (split between the group and the museum: the rest goes to the artist).
Collection of works will be on Saturday July 1, from 5pm.
Looking forward to seeing everyone there and enjoying the art!
The spectacular Cairngorms provides the inspiration for our 2017 annual exhibition.
Everyone has been hard at work producing original art for the summer show at Grantown Museum from June 17 to July 1.
And the event will open with a special open preview night on June 17 from 6.30pm to 8pm. All are welcome and refreshments will be provided.
Those attending the preview will again be asked to vote for their favourite artwork. The piece will wins the most votes will be awarded the Gordon Crisell Shield. This prize, which was introduced last year, is named after a long-standing member of the Spey Art Group who died in 2015.
Members should have their entry forms, which include useful information about how to present your work.
We’ll post a reminder about arrangements for handing in your work and for opening night very soon.
Three of our members launch their new exhibition at a brilliant local venue this week.
Liz Downie, Ali Pressey and Rona Smith, AKA the Dolly Allsorts, have produced a range of new work for their Cairngorm-inspired show at the 1896 Gallery and Coffee Shop in Boat of Garten.
All three have their own distinctive style of art so it’s sure to be an interesting mix of artworks.
The opening event – to which you are invited – is on Friday June 2, 6.30pm-8pm – wine and nibbles will be available.
But no worries if you cant – the exhibition runs until July 1.
The gallery is open Mon-Sat (closed Thursday), 10am-5pm; Sunday 11am-5pm.
More portraits this week, with Angus leading a string of varied drawing exercises for the class.
Using resources and each other as models (including Angus himself), members sketched their way through: drawing upside down; drawing while not looking at the papers; drawing using only straight lines; and using graphite pencils.
The class fell near silent as everyone concentrated on capturing the details of faces – though there was plenty of laughter when people went round the class to check out the results.
Coming up on Wednesday May 17 – more portraits and a painting challenge.
The main event last Wednesday night (May 3) was portraits, though the wonderful weather tempted a few members onto the roof for a wee sketching session.
Angus ran through the basics at the start of the lesson:
- draw an upturned egg shape for the head;
- eyes to go halfway down, with each eye taking up a fifth of the width and being spaced one eye-width apart;
- end of the nose halfway between eyes and chin;
- mouth halfway between nose and chin.
The brave grabbed a mirror and attempted self-portraits, while others used photographs of faces to have go. You can see the some of results below.
This week (Wednesday May 10) there’ll be more portrait work, with some drawing exercises designed to improve our sketching.
The opportunities for building new skills are coming thick and fast this month!
Our member Ally Wardlaw has organised an embroidery workshop for Saturday May 6 at the Nethy Bridge Community Centre.
She’ll be teaching two or three different stitches (with a contemporary twist!) that you’ll be able to use to create some unique artwork. Ally will provide some materials, including backing material, threads, beads and needles but participants should bring their own scissors, threads or material scraps they wish to use, and an embroidery hoop if possible.
The workshop will run from 10am-3pm and the cost is £20 per person. The community centre has disabled access, kitchen and toilets. Bring you own lunch!
Spaces are limited to 10 so please contact Ally by email to let her know you wish to come.
And a wee reminder that we’re back on Wednesday for a new term. See the Summer Term page for a provisional timetable.