Tuesday, 27 October 2015

x Gillian Toft's Art Courses September 2015

Autumn 2015
This term is all about ‘Exploring Mixed Media’
We will be looking into the endless possibilities inherent in mixing your media, from simply mixing the usual favourites such as charcoal and watercolour to getting inventive with acrylics and recycled materials.  Don’t worry about having the right materials, I can provide much of what you will need and you will have time to find any unusual extras that you may want to put to creative use, should you wish, over the course of the six weeks.
The sessions available remain the same – as listed below, and since I am looking at mixed media with everyone it allows complete flexibility should anyone need to switch days for some reason, (just let me know in advance to make sure.)
Monday afternoons from 14th September 2015 2pm – 4.30pm
Monday evenings from 14th September 2015 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Thursday mornings from 17th September 2015 10am – 12.30pm
 Gillian Toft
Garden Flat,
1 Granville Road,

EastbourneEast Sussex BN20 7EB

United Kingdom

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

x Watercolour Painting with Marilyn Allis at The Marsham Court Hotel,

Renowned for her loose impressionist style, join Marilyn in this colourful adventure and discover the brilliance and freedom of watercolour. During this course you will have the opportunity to learn many techniques in a fun and relaxed way that is suitable for all abilities.
Marilyn’s teaching skills combined with her calm nature are always in great demand throughout the UK and further afield and have even taken her to the Caribbean and America. Having a love for travel she has a wealth of experience to inspire her work and creativity.
Marilyn appears regularly on Sky TV’s Painting and Drawing Channel as well as Channel 4’s Watercolour Challenge and ITV’s Breakfast Show.  She also writes regular articles for Paint Magazine and other art publications.

Our Resident Packages Includes:
Welcome Bucks Fizz Drinks Reception on the first night

Overnight Accommodation in an en-suite room

Full English Buffet & Continental Breakfast each morning

3 Course Table D’Hote Dinner with coffee each evening

Tuition Fees included for daytime sessions plus free use of studio in the evenings if required

Tea, coffee & biscuits served in both morning & afternoon sessions Masterclass demonstration on one evening

Please note that participants will be provided with a list of paints, materials etc that they can either bring themselves or purchase from Marilyn on the first evening.
Dates & Rates
October 2015 Monday 12th to Friday 16th
4 Nights – Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Tariff : £99.00 per person per night                                                 Total: £396.00

Non Painting Partner: £49.50 per person per night                   Total: £198.00

Sea View supplement £15.00 per room per night
Sole Occupancy £10.00 per room per night

March 2016 Friday 4th to Sunday 6th
2 Nights – Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Tariff: £105.00 per person per night                                                Total: £210.00

Non Painting Partner: £56.00 per person per night                   Total: £112.00

Sea View supplement £15.00  per room per night
Sole Occupancy £ 10.00 per room per night

May 2016 Monday 2nd to Friday 6th
4 Nights – Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Tariff: £103.00 per person per night                                                Total: £412.00

Non Painting Partner: £53.50 per person per night                   Total: £214.00

Sea View supplement £15.00 per room per night
Sole Occupancy £15.00 per room per night

Rates are inclusive of VAT at 20%

Marsham Court Hotel
3 Russell Cotes Road, 
Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3AB 
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 01202 552111 Email: reservations@marshamcourthotel.co.uk

SKYPE marilyn.allis
Tel: 07789026546
Lower Courtyard
The Studio Unit 2a
Rogers Hill Farm Dorchester Dorset DT2 7HJ

x Marilyn Allis - Big Brush and People in the picture watercolour- September 2015

Big Brush 4th September 

Using one just 2 large brushes, you have more control than you think.  A workshop that is all about painting loose and capturing atmosphere. a great workshop to loosen up in.Suitable for all abilities

 People in the Picture 5th September
People are easier to capture than you may think, just blobs of light and dark paint, so don't be frightened to include them in your paintings! you will find that they are totally addictive once you get started, so why not give this workshop a go, and learn how to create loose and lively figures in your paintings.
This workshop is perfect for anyone who already has a basic grounding in watercolour, but wants to take it to the next level, or for the experienced student who finds figures a challenge.

I have 2 spaces left on 29th October CHUNKY acrylics

I now have vouchers for special occasions to be used against workshops/ materials or paintings. please look on web site www.marilynallis.com

SKYPE marilyn.allis
Tel: 07789026546
Lower Courtyard
The Studio Unit 2a
Rogers Hill Farm Dorchester Dorset DT2 7HJ

Monday, 12 October 2015

x The Beautiful Art of Helen du Feu at bGallery

I live and paint in Norfolk and have exhibited widely across the county.  The inspiration for my work comes from my sense of connection with my surroundings.  I am currently exhibiting a range of impressionist landscape paintings in vibrant acrylic on canvas.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Art Talk - Julie Ford Oliver: Reeds and Reflections

Art Talk - Julie Ford Oliver: Reeds and Reflections: Reeds And Reflections  6x8in oil on canvas &135. Purchase  HERE Artist Note I like the simplicity in the design on ...

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

x Smarty Lamps(SmartDeco) in the Theatre and Circus Fields at Glastonbury Festival

The Smart Deco team have been ‘out in the field’ creating décor with Smartylamps for the main stage tents in the Theatre and Circus Fields of Glastonbury Festival 2015 held in Somerset in South West England.


Smart Deco started business in 2004 with ‘SmartyLamps’ as its first interior décor product. An invitation to provide décor for the Circus Big Top in the Theatre and Circus Fields back in 2008 occurred after a selection of Smarty Lamps were installed in the Geneva Motor Show and were spotted by a lady working there who also managed the Circus Big Top at Glastonbury Festival.
Until 2010, Smart Deco provided the Circus Big Top with a larger selection of Smarty Lamps in large tube and diamond shapes, as well as the iconic Elektra design. The Circus Big Top management gradually purchased the lights made for the festival and were used annually to provide lighting between acts.
As seasoned festival veterans, we were delighted to be invited back this year to provide decor for another two main stages in T&C in 2015 Smarty Lamps created the installations for the Astrolabe Theatre (Glebeland), Cabaret (Bella’s Field) as well as the Circus Big Top.
The huge Smarty Lamps must be created on-site in a short timescale, to be hung before the festival starts. This is no mean feat! Over the years, the public have started showing up earlier and it is vital for the installations to be ready on deadline. Whatever happens, the show must go on – properly lit, and on time!

Monday, 5 October 2015

x bGallery's Leigh Kemp New Online Shop with Discount

I have 25 of my works on sale at at my new online shop at Pixels.com http://leigh-kemp.pixels.com/ and to celebrate I am currently offering a 15% discount coupon code RSUKDK which can be used at the checkout on all orders for my work, valid until 30/09/2015 
In addition to prints and canvases Pixels.com sell throw pillows, duvet covers, phones cases, tote bags, greeting cards and other items.

x Rachel Ducker at Kew from Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th October 2015

I will be exhibiting at Handmade in Kew in a couple of weeks.  I have twenty tickets for the private view evening on Wednesday 7th October, 2015 between 6pm - 9pm.  Please contact me if you would be interested to come.  First come, first served!

About Handmade at Kew

This autumn, Handmade in Britain will be collaborating with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to host an international craft event. You’ll be able to meet and buy from over 150 extraordinary designer-makers working across all disciplines including: ceramics, jewellery, fashion and textiles, glass, paper, furniture, metalwork, sculpture and interior accessories.
Over four days from Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 October, the picturesque gardens at Kew will showcase exceptional and innovative British and international craftsmanship, for both fashion and interiors, in a unique shopping experience.

x ‘Step in Stone’ is ready to rock! Starts on 8th July at Somerset Earth Science Centre

step in stone - a multi-disciplinary art project featuring work, by fourteen leading artists -offers a unique opportunity to encounter contemporary artworks while exploring the spectacular, wild landscapes of working and abandoned quarries. Local and international artists, all with connections to the South West, are creating a series of site-specific artworks inspired by the nature of quarries and their place in the cultural and industrial heritage of the Mendips.

Opening in July and stepping up in 3 phases to its finale in October, the event will occupy 6 different venues. Step 1 starts on 8th July at Somerset Earth Science Centre, near Shepton Mallet. On 15th August, Step 2 starts at Westdown/Asham and Halecombe quarries and Step 3 will be part of Somerset Art Weeks Festival’s Momentum programme, 3rd – 18th October, at Fairy Cave Quarry, Black Swan Arts Centre and Frome Museum. Special events include workshops, artist talks and guided walks run in collaboration with ecologists from Somerset Wildlife Trust's Save Our Magnificent Meadows project. Walks in Westdown/Asham Quarry will lead groups into stunning areas, normally restricted.

The quarries' natural history, ecology and geology are inspiring works in surprising forms. Tessa Farmer's installations will feature tiny skeletal, anarchic fairies, preserved insects and taxidermy. Bristol poet, Ralph Hoyte, is creating a downloadable aural word-symphony and a motion activated poetic sound intervention. Artmusic will perform ‘Echo’, a theatrical response to the rock itself and the mechanics of quarrying, in Westdown Quarry (22/23rd August) and each weekend of step 3 in Fairy Cave Quarry, tying in with family days.

A Sculpture Design Competition was recently held to engage young people in the project. Winner, Charlotte McKeown, will create her sculpture with help from 'step in stone' artists, for exhibition at SESC. All entries will be on show during the finale at Black Swan Arts, with the top 20 designs in a special display area. Some of the work at Halecombe will be the product of school workshops run in July with Fiona and Suzie as part of SAW’s inspirED educational programme.

Funding for step in stone has come primarily from Arts Council England/National Lottery with additional support from IdeasTap crowdfunding, Mendip Hills Fund, Somerset Art Works, Gane Trust, Frome Town Council and partners Somerset Earth Science Centre and Black Swan Arts amongst others.

Leaflets and maps will be available at step in stone venues, Frome and Shepton Tourist offices and other local outlets. For further details about step in stone or to book a workshop, guided walk or artist talk visit:

 We will be unveiling a sculpture made that day by our young winner of the under 20’s sculpture design competition, Charlotte McKeown. 

Saturday, 3 October 2015

x William Catlow's Stunning Jewellery at bGallery

William's jewellery collection "Pollen" is inspired by natural shapes found in seeds, leaves, buds, berries, even fruit and vegetables !
William uses precious metals, predominantly silver and gold. The natural forms evolve into botanical shapes using materials chosen for their precious, permanent qualities.
The sweeping curves and elegant lines evoke an image between the natural and the abstract, creating a luxurious feeling for the wearer to enjoy.

Friday, 2 October 2015

X Paul Galligan at www.bgallery.co.uk

There's not much to say. I have been painting for more than 20 years but am new to selling work. I did train as an animator with the fine art training that goes with that but I am largely self taught.