Dear SAG member,

Summer is well and truly upon us and hopefully more and more of you will be able to go out and enjoy it now that lockdown is coming to an end.

Personally, I am thrilled that Turner’s Art Shop is having a phased re-opening from today. So, it’s time to give them a call and pop in to restock on those vital supplies that you’ve used up during isolation – I’m referring, of course, to canvas boards not toilet rolls!

As usual we’ve picked out some interesting things to watch, read and get involved in. Our Zoom sessions are also still proving popular and so they will be continuing for the time being. All the information on these, and more, is in our Art Opportunities section.

We have some more artwork and news from our members to share with you in our Member News section from page 3.

We also have a bit of gallery news and an important reminder in Other News.

And last but not least, if you have any artwork, art-related news or achievements that you would like to submit for our August newsletter, don’t forget to email the details to info@stockportartguild.com – we are an artist collective and so we need to hear from you please.

Until next time, enjoy a bit more freedom and enjoy your art.

Peter Davis

SAG Communications Manager & Archivist

Art Opportunities

Weekly art sessions via Zoom

Good news, our Zoom art sessions with Marissa will be continuing for the foreseeable future. We have life drawing every Monday from 6.30-8.30pm and also a portrait session with a costume model on some Wednesday evenings.

To register for a session please email marissaburgess@googlemail.com each week to book your place. The cost is just £5 per person per session.

Art Society lecture – Marc Allum on “The Anatomy of Collecting”

In this video, Antiques Roadshow specialist, Marc Allum selects three defining objects from his own collection and explains their importance in personal, artistic and historical terms whilst outlining some of the psychological and emotional aspects that make collecting such an important facet of the human psyche. Well worth a watch.

Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=13&v=cMLspgudwc&feature=emb_logo

Free art tutorials – Lachri Fine Art

This YouTube channel has dozens of art lessons and tips for painting in acrylics and oil paints and drawing in coloured pencil and graphite. They have new videos and live streams every week.

Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/user/Lachri

Free eBook – “The Practice and Science of Drawing” by Harold Speed

This book takes a classic approach to the dynamics of drawing. It is filled with insights and practical advice about line drawing, mass drawing, visual memory, materials and much more. Throughout this eBook, author Harold Speed, offers historical backgrounds and specific exercises. Worth a read.

Get it here:

https://archive.org/details/practicescienceo00speerich/page/n10/mode/2up

Member News

Neve Ellis

Here is a lovely portrait by one of our members, Neve Ellis, of the commissioner’s late wife and late dog. It’s in pencil on A3 paper.

Peter Davis

This 14” x 10” portrait commission, entitled ‘Phil’, was recently painted by member, Peter Davis. It is acrylic on board.

Angela Herd Hall

Angela has set up a website and she has invited us all to ‘have a nosey’ by visiting www.angelaherdhall-painter.com

 

Show us your art and tell us your news

Don’t forget, if you have any artwork that you’re working on at the moment or any news that you would like to submit for our August newsletter, please email all the information to info@stockportartguild.com

Other News

 

Gallery opening update… sort of.

We have been in touch with Peter Ashworth (Head of Culture & Leisure at

Stockport Council) and he has informed us that, at the moment, no date has been set for the reopening of the Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery. He anticipates that there will probably be a phased reintroduction of services at Stockport Council and that the gallery might not be in the first phase. He is going to keep us posted on any developments when they happen – and so we’ll let you know as soon as we have more news!

Members, it’s time to speak up!

Three months ago, ahead of our planned AGM, an important notice was emailed out to all SAG members asking for volunteers to fill a number of vacant roles that we have this year. We are currently looking for:

 

–          Chair (Angela is only remaining in this role temporarily)

–          Gallery Programme Manager

–          Guild Representatives (these volunteers will help with studio sessions, one-off events and the annual exhibition)

 

Sadly, no-one has come forward for any of these roles so far. We are a collective and we all have a collective responsibility to help run it!

 

In the event that we don’t get volunteers for these roles, the role of Chair will become vacant (when Angela chooses to step down in the next few months). In the absence of a Gallery Programme Manager, there are unlikely to be any demonstrations or tutored sessions in the future.

In addition to these positions, we also urgently need some understudies for the roles of:

 

–          Treasurer

–          Annual Exhibition lead

 

Ken Anderson and Phil Hughes are retiring from these roles in March 2021.

Without anyone coming forward to take on these vital positions the future of Stockport Art Guild will be at risk. Not having a treasurer will seriously impede the ability of our society to continue to function.

If you think you have the skills to help and would like to know more about what’s involved, please email info@stockportartguild.com asap. Thank you.