June 2021 Newsletter

WELCOME

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.

KAG EVENTS

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.

PROFILE

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!

WHAT’S ON?

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

  1. 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.

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