As my experiment in switching to acrylics appears to have worked, I will probably make more of an effort to attend a greater number, this year.
First off the blocks for me is the Reading Charity Art Fair, held a Leighton Park school, on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th. It's more than an art exhibition, there are all sorts of activities for adults and children to participate in.
A percentage of the proceeds will go to a number of charities. The main one this year is Thames Valley Air Ambulance.
Two years ago, £10,500 was raised for the Royal Berkshire Hospital Scanner appeal.
July - August 2018
12th July - 16th August. Artizan summer exhibition, Fleet Walk Shopping centre, Torquay. Set in the centre of Torquay, overlooking the harbour, this is a new venue for me. A large exhibition with 100 or so artists, mainly from the south west but also national and international, will be exhibiting on the lower level of Fleet Walk. I will have both framed originals and unframed giclée prints on mount board.
My prints are designed to fit ready made frames you can buy from the likes of John Lewis, Habitat, Ikea, Homebase, Wilkinson, online, etc for about £25 to £50.
Remember, 10% of the gross sale price of my art is donated to the RSPB
March 2018. I will be a co-artist in residence on Tuesday 27th March, at John Lewis (aka Heelas) Reading. The Reading Guild of Artists (RGA) had a request from John Lewis for artists to be resident on the lower ground floor during their Easter Extravaganza. Another RGA artist and myself will be in attendance with examples of our art from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Other artists from the RGA will be available daily from the 24th to 26th March. Do come along if you want to have a chat.
NOTE: We are allowed to take orders, but we are not allowed to sell any item of our art to members of the public whilst in John Lewis.
The first of the year.
Saturday 10th Feb to Saturday 17th Feb, Reading Guild of Artists pop up exhibition at the Sir John Madejski gallery. Held at Reading Museum, Blagrave Street, Reading,RG1 1QH. 10am to 4 pm daily; except Sunday (the museum is closed) and Saturday 17th when it is 10am to 3pm.
The exhibition season for me is beginning to kick off. Unfortunately I have not yet managed to complete a single painting. I have two on the go, and will have to make efforts to get them finished. I really do not like unfinished paintings lurking about.
I've decided not to exhibit at TWASI this year. Partly as I don't really have anything to exhibit, and partly as it is a bit of a hike to get to Gloucester. We'll see. I might change my mind if I complete anything worthwhile.
In a major change to my program, I hope to be exhibiting with Reading Guild of Artists. They seem to be very active and inventive when it comes to exhibits; grabbing any opportunity that comes available i.e. pop-up exhibitions. I think this is pretty neat idea.
I will exhibit at the Wokingham Art Society and Reading Charity exhibitions this year. Though I need to wait and see if the Reading Charity exhibition takes place. The signs are positive seeing how successful it was last year.
These were the exhibitions I exhibited at last year.
Saturday 27th May to Sunday 4th June 2017. The Wild Life Art Society International Exhibition. Held at Nature in Art Wallsworth Hall, Tigworth, Gloucester, GL2 9PA. Open evening Friday 26th May.
All summer. Chester 2017 Summer Exhibition. Various venues (hotels, restaurants, funky bars, etc) throughout Chester. Framed A3 giclée prints available for purchase at £50. Sold print will be replaced with another.
Saturday 22nd July to Saterday 5th August. Wokingham Art Society Annual Exhibition. St Paul's Church, Wokingham, Berks, RG41 1EH. Open evening: Friday 21 July.
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October 2017. Reading Charity Art Fair. Leighton Park School, Shinfield Road, Reading, RG2 7ED
My stand at The Wildlife Art Society International 2016 Exhibition. Here is my award winning 'Chilled' which was Highly Commended.