If you happen to be in Tunbridge Wells between 13 to 22 August, you might like to visit a Photography/Art exhibition at the Sussex House Gallery on the Pantiles. Postcode TN2 5TE. Free admission - Open from 11am until 4pm. Among works on display will be some pictures by one of our CRAG artists: Carmel Yearwood ARPS.
Saturday 30 April 2022 - Exhibition
We would like to say a big thank you to everybody who took the time to visit our exhibition and to all those people who worked behind the scenes to ensure its success.
This year we were able to hold our annual art exhibition and sale again at the All Saints Hall, Chapel Green, Crowborough after a three year gap. This was our first exhibition since 2019 because of Covid. The public exhibition was a one day event and the weather was gloriously sunny and warm. Several hundred members of the public came, including families with children. We received a lot of encouraging feedback about the high quality of our work as well as how well the event had been organized. Many people mentioned that the day was very enjoyable with a lively atmosphere helped along by a buzz created by our café and our competition for votes for the public’s favourite painting.
With 26 members entering work, there were around 180 paintings for sale, with 15 sold on the day. We also had stands selling second hand art books, original cards and art materials, raising some much needed money for our group. The public vote for their favourite painting was won by Chris Green for his painting on black canvas ‘Wildwood Night’. Richard Appleby came close second with a beautiful painting of a woodland walk. Nearly all of our membership was involved in the planning, mounting and stewarding of the exhibition and many thanks to everyone for their hard work.
We are sad to announce the deaths of Doreen Moss and David Pitcher. Their artistic contribution and inspirational styles will be missed by all of us in the group.
An enticing view of Alfriston church nestling in a verdant Sussex landscape was the subject of our first watercolour tutorial of 2021. Professional artist Jackie Hurwood took us through a step by step approach, giving guidance about colour palette, brushes, materials and useful techniques for producing the painting from start to finish.
Studio session with Jackie Hurwood
Studio session with Katharine Jennings
Friday 1 October was a big day on our calendar because it marked our first studio session after an eighteen month break because of Covid restrictions. We were pleased to welcome local professional artist Katharine Jennings, who gave us a practical tutorial on portrait painting using the Zorn palette. The Zorn Palette is named after the late 19th Century Swedish artist, Anders Zorn. The palette consists of only four colours: Yellow Ochre, Ivory Black, Vermillion (or Cadmium Red) and titanium white. Surprisingly versatile and especially suited to portraits.
A big thank you to Gail & Andrew for allowing us to invade their lovely garden and art studio for our 2019 annual garden party at the beginning of July. The weather could not have been nicer and a good time was had by all.
We would like to thank everybody who attended and supported our annual exhibition and sale of work at All Saints Hall, Crowborough on 4 May 2019. Once again, this year's event was a great success with more than 140 framed paintings on show. It was very well attended with 14 paintings sold and dozens of the artists’ own cards. There were home made cakes for sale – all sold out – as well as second hand art books and art materials. We ran a café all day and so the atmosphere was very relaxed with people bringing their children or bumping into their friends and staying to enjoy what was on offer.
During the day, visitors were invited to vote for their favourite painting. Prizes were awarded at the end of the day and the winning pictures with their artists are pictured here.
All Saints Hall, Chapel Green - the venue for our annual exhibitions
Chris: with "Wildwood Moon"
Sheila: with "Thunder"
Doreen : with "Penny Pairs"
Here is a collection of photos featuring some of our other exhibitions, events and some of the people involved . . .
Thanks to John & Penny for hosting our 2018 Summer Garden Party.