Where to see our members’ work this month
Work by two of our members – Rona Smith and tutor Angus Grant – features in the latest exhibition by the Creative Cairngorms group.
All you need to do it take a wee trip to Findhorn to the Moray Art Centre before the end of the month. It’s well worth a visit – with paintings, screenprints, photography, jewellery, etc, there’s a tremendous breadth of work to look at. And it’s fantastic gallery in a lovely wee village!
A chance to take silk
Our silk painting workshop next month is proving popular but there are a few spaces left.
As we’ve mentioned before, our enthusiastic SAG member Rona Smith will be your tutor and will demonstrate the key techniques of silk painting.
Then you will get the chance to create your own beautiful artworks.
To find out more, please visit Cairngorms Learning Partnership’s website – they are organising the day.
At this last stage, you should phone the CLP to book your place.
Jan 25: The return of Consequences
Yes – it’s back!
Consequences is going on show at the north’s premier arts venue – Eden Court Theatre in Inverness.
This is a brilliant chance for the group to display their work in the Highland capital – and for it to be seen by thousands of peole.
The chain of works will be hanging during the whole of February.
In preparation for this, Rona Smith, who organised the exhibition, needs to collect the works.
To that end, members must bring their works to the Wednesday Jan 25 class.
Rona and her team will be hanging the pieces at Eden Court on January, with the exhibition officially open the following day.
For more information on what Consequences was all about – and see the works included – click here.
Any further questions about the arrangements should be directed to Rona Smith.
Otherwise, the Jan 25 class will be an evening of tutoring with Angus, with a chance to print any etchings started last week.
Dates for the diary
2017 is shaping up to be a busy one for us.
We’ve updated our calendar on the What’s On page. Please check it out and mark down the important dates for the diary. And keep a look out for more during the year – we won’t be ignoring any opportunity to share our work!
You’ll also find dates for workshops. At the moment, the only one on the cards is silk painting with Rona Smith. This is a chance to have a go at a delicate art technique that produces wonderful results.
New Year, new skills to learn
Happy New Year to all SAG members and associates. We hope you had a wonderful time over the festive season. Perhaps you received some art goodies that you’re eager to master?
Classes start back on Wednesday January 11, so look out on our Spring Term page for news of upcoming Wednesday night workshops led by Angus. Don’t forget that we’re gearing up for our summer exhibition, which has the theme, Cairngorms.
But the first big news of the year is that our member Rona Smith will be leading a day of silk painting in February. This class, in association with the Cairngorms Learning Partnership, will cover a range of techniques for painting on silk, including using gutta salt.
You will go home with a beautiful piece of work that can be framed or turned into a suncatcher, scarf or cards.
All you need to take is an apron and a packed lunch – all materials and equipment will be provided. The cost is £45 for SAG members and £55 for non-members. The venue is Inverallan Church Hall in Grantown on February 4, 10am-3pm.
Click here to go to the CLP’s page to find out more. Please note though: the CLP is shut until January 9.
There are plenty of chances to learn something new this autumn.
As part of our new association with the Cairngorms Learning Partnership, our tutor Angus Grant is hosting a jewellery workshop.
It’s a chance to get started on making some Christmas presents – you’ll end the day with three pairs of earrings and a bracelet.
The workshop is on Saturday November 12 and will be at Inverallan Church Hall in Grantown, from 10am-2pm. Just £45 for Spey Art Group Members. For non-members, it’s £55 but for that extra tenner you get to be a SAG associate member for a year.
All you need to take is your lunch and some enthusiasm! Book your place here!
And the week before, Rona Smith will be taking a silk painting workshop at Grantown Museum. This is one of a series of craft workshops at the museum over the winter.
This is an introduction to the art and participants will get the chance to create a small mounted picture. All materials will be provided.
The class runs on Thursday November 3 from 7pm-9pm, at a cost of £10, including refreshments. Booking is essential – phone 01479 821762.
The big reveal
After a year of hard work and fretting, we finally got to see Consequences in all its glory.
Starting with a pair of old boots, the pictures show the wonderful (and possibly weird?) connections that we all make when we see a picture. Included in the chain are poppies, collages, an orange, landscapes, village-scapes and a fly.
The launch party went well on Saturday night with people following the numbers and catalogue to find out more about the works and what lay behind their creation. A few images can be found below.
Well done to Rona for organising the exhibition and to everyone who helped set up the exhibition and preview party.
The show is now on until September 30. But you can also see a preview on our new Consequences gallery page.
We are now two-thirds of the way through our Consequences project. There are just nine more members due to complete their artworks.
Rona says that the responses to date have been varied and include paintings, photographs and sculpture.
Bet you all can’t wait until September 17 for the big reveal!