With the Open Studios taking place this month, members of Whitchurch Arts met in the White Hart to discuss and share their creative ideas. Following the usual ‘business’ several members brought along works for critical discussion.

Jacqui Novis, a Whitchurch painter, showed a watercolour which was still being completed, and brought much positive interest from those present, with the soft colours contrasting with small detail, while the composition evoked thoughts of the landscapes of northern France.

Cliff Crossley, a man of many talents, showed some of his recent print work, from lino cutting, using geometrical patterns. Cliff’s work aims at creating depths and layers in the designs, while the composition asks the viewer to move around the designs.
Cliff also showed work that he had commissioned from Andrew Henderson, relating to a recent trip he made to South Africa – the Booze and Blues Tour. Andrew’s detail sketches of various scenes on the visit have made a wonderful composite story board – his talents as an illustrator are excellent.

Meanwhile, Whitchurch Arts member Keith Pattison is taking part in the Open Studios scheme from his studio in Andover where he creates his wonderfully evocative paintings and original prints.
See details here: HERE

Primary School Photo Challenge
Keith is also helping with the prizes for the Whitchurch Primary School’s Photographic Challenge. Members, designer John Buckley and photographer Andrew Reeves-Hall, spent a day in school before the holidays showing children how to take digital pictures. All children have been invited to take a photograph on the theme of ‘Movement’ and they will be judged by Whitchurch Arts members once the new term is underway, so children should submit their entries to their teachers.

Other activities
A trip to see some mosaic work in London to be arranged by Cliff and Sue Rampton is a possibility as is developing the display of artworks in local businesses, while a Life Drawing workshop is also in the pipeline. Graham Burgess is also progressing several ideas and has invited artists to a painting session at his premises (contact him for details).

Annual get-together
The Annual General Meeting is also on the horizon, and is being held at the White Hart on Thursday 12th September at the usual quirky time of 7.43pm.

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