Kineton Art Group has restarted, and on Saturday 9th October 2021, we celebrated with our first exhibition in two years!
Everyone was thrilled to be displaying and sharing their work again, and it was fascinating to see how some members’ art had changed and developed during the lockdowns. For something that was a simplified event, the members pulled together brilliantly and achieved in creating a beautiful exhibition in the village.
Our president, John Lines, was also there in support of the group. He provided a superb set of new oil paintings for display, and ‘Knit One, Purl One’ pictured below, was voted as the favourite for the show. Congratulations to John!
In the competition, second place went to Gill Gale for her gorgeous textile piece, ‘Farm Gate’, pictured below. Congratulations to Gill!
In this exhibition, we also welcomed Kineton Camera Club who joined us for the first time to showcase their work and promote their club. Their work was greatly admired, and if you’d like to know more about them then here is their website address: http://www.kinetoncameraclub.co.uk/
Many thanks to Alison and Graeme for organising this exhibition, and to all the members who helped in some way. Let’s hope it is only a few short months until the next KAG exhibition!
Sadly we can’t do the exhibition / get-together that we had planned for the 10th July due to the pandemic, however we do have a mini exhibition at Nifty Needles and Fishers! Look out for some of our members’ work in the shop windows of Nifty Needles and Fishers on the high street on Kineton village, Warwickshire. This exhibition will be on show until 12th July 2021.
Here is Newsletter No 2. I hope you have all been painting away as we need as many as possible to be exhibited in the July Open Air Exhibition. More details below. The weather has not been kind to us through April and May and it has been quite cold. Once the final restrictions for lockdown are removed let us hope we can all get out and about once more, see friends and get to see some sights to inspire you for future artistic work.
SATURDAY 10TH JULY- Open Air Exhibition Plans are advanced for the Exhibition in July. Graeme is kindly coordinating with other village organisations and has sent out requests for gazebos. We have 8 at present. I hope you can find one in your shed or can borrow one from a friend. We have 24 exhibitors but anyone can exhibit any work that they have, not necessarily those you have done during lockdown. So if you have a few paintings tucked away somewhere do sort them out for the exhibition. There is still time for you to get involved. Just contact Alison Hart or Graeme Bassett. We hope to be setting up from 9.30 am. with the actual Exhibition open from 11.30 am to 4.00 pm. A poster is printed at the end of this newsletter. Please print it off and exhibit it in your window if you live in Kineton or a close village.
FUTURE MEETINGS The Committee have briefly discussed when we can all meet up again for our Monday sessions. At the moment the proposal is that we start again in September. However this is obviously subject to any Covid restrictions that may be in place at the time. The Committee hope to meet up again after 10th July exhibition when we will discuss it further. An email will be sent to all members just as soon as final details are in place.
Hello, This is me, Jacky Buckingham.
I’ve been a member of KAG for several years, after meeting a member, Jean at an art class I’d joined on retiring. Years of having little time for hobbies were over and one of the first things I wanted to do was paint. I quickly realised that I had never really been taught how to paint- and school was a long, long way behind me. I learnt lots from watching other people and the class teacher- I’d never heard of underpainting or glazes, let alone the different types of paint or brushes or papers. The tutor was big on acrylics, so I bought some, and have loved them ever since for their versatility. I have dabbled with pastels and oils and loved them too, but watercolours have always frightened me!
I loved meeting everyone at KAG, though I must admit I found it very daunting at first. Members like Bel and Lynne were so welcoming though and I soon realised what a great place it is to progress your art and chat to others. A couple of years ago I joined Tom Shepherd’s classes, and with him learnt a million new things too. With the demos and workshops at KAG I really feel I am at last learning properly how to paint!
What I’ve been doing since Lockdown began….unlike many people I have talked to, I don’t think I have made any big achievement during Lockdown! The great time consumer and consolation has been painting, and I’m never happier than tucked away in my loft room forgetting the time!
I was lucky enough to see the fantastic Van Gogh exhibition /experience at Birmingham Hippodrome in the summer, so I went all Impressionist for this effort- a chair in the Greek sun.
Finally, I did have a big challenge. My sister’s view in Tavistock, Winter and Summer, on big canvases, 2 x 3 foot, took me ages but kept me busy!
I really miss KAG meetings, chatting to other members, visiting exhibitions etc. Can’t wait to see you all again!
Charlotte Ricks – Congratulations to Charlotte on her new children’s book, Mr Blinking, for 7-11 year olds. She also did all the illustrations. Published under the name Charley King do check it out at beercottbooks.co.uk or on charleykingcreative.com. What a talented lady.
Peter Keegan – Sue Sanderson went on a Peter Keegan course and found it very inspirational if exhausting. His comments were useful and Sue ‘tweaked’ a few afterwards. His video is available after the course. Graeme has already published Sue’s paintings.
Tom Shepherd – Alison Petley went on a Tom Shepherd course and produced some lovely work.
Charlotte Ricks – Congratulations to Charlotte on her new children’s book, Mr Blinking, for 7-11 year olds. She also did all the illustrations. Published under the name Charley King do check it out at beercottbooks.co.uk or on charleykingcreative.com. What a talented lady. Peter Keegan – Sue Sanderson went on a Peter Keegan course and found it very inspirational if exhausting. His comments were useful and Sue ‘tweaked’ a few afterwards. His video is available after the course. Graeme has already published Sue’s paintings. Tom Shepherd – Alison Petley went on a Tom Shepherd course and produced some lovely work.
Coventry – City of Culture 2021 Check out coventry2021.co.uk for events – Summer of Surprises. Highlights include ‘The Shop Windows’ and ‘In Paint we Trust’ from May
The Turner Prize 2021 will be held in Coventry’s Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in September.
Warwickshire Open Studios Check out warwickshireopenstudios.org/summer for venues. Summer Art Weeks are from 19th June – 4 th July The are Open Studios in Oxhill, Tysoe, Ettington, Shipston on Stour, Edgehill, not to mention Anya Simmons in Kineton and much further afield.
GALLERY A big thank you to Graeme for sorting out and emailing your contributions to our Gallery. They have been inspiring. Certainly brightened the long winter months.
Kineton Art Group is a growing group of enthusiastic amateur and professional artists founded thirty years ago.
Our members enjoy working in all media including watercolours, oils, acrylics, and pastels.
We are not an art class but have regular demonstrations given by professional artists whose varied styles and helpful hints inspire us all. These demonstrations are open to non-members. (See programme page for details)
Are you interested in learning more about our group?
Contact us through the contact page or our member Sarah Miles at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively you can telephone Graeme Bassett (Chairman) 01926 640805