Teignmouth Art Society held the members preview of its Summer exhibition along with its trophy presentation on the 13 August at the Victoria Hall, Shaldon. The Mayor of Teignmouth, Cllr David Matthews presented the winners with their trophies and commented on the quality and diversity of the work displayed. With over 250 pieces of art work on display the quality improves year on year. The winners included Jill Harrison with best overall entry and best landscape, Yusaf Khan for best abstract in pastel entitled ‘ Energy’ , Devonian Domestic : Digital Photograph by Anna Grayson being the winner of the most innovative work. Chris Pitman won the presidents choice with his work in oils ‘ Signs of Autumn’ , best marine painting was taken by Caroline Hayes (oodey ) for her water colour work ‘ Yachts’, Clare Jenkinson won best award for flowers with her work ‘ Blue Sky Magnolia’, and the piece entitled ‘ The Actress’ by Barbara Chavasses won best three dimensional sculpture. A number of members were also commended for their work by the judges.
Berry Pomeroy is said to be the most haunted castle in England. But last week no ghosts were seen, only an intrepid band of sketchers from Teignmouth Art Society.
The tricky perspective of the castle walls was a challenge, as was getting the shadows dark enough and the sunlight light enough. But, with the help of a warm welcome and hot drinks from the cafe everyone got going depicting the wonderful shapes of the ruins.
Most of the group clustered outside to sketch the gatehouse, but some ventured down wooded paths for dramatic views of ruined towers and knotty tree roots. Two artists ventured inside the castle to soak up the atmosphere and sketch the ruined house within the walls. A chill wind blew around the cold stones within, dark shadows were cast by the high walls of the ruin, but no-one saw even the hint of a lady in blue, or anyone wringing their hands in anguish. In fact there was not the slightest hint of anything ghostly at all.
The detail of the stonework was difficult to capture but everyone agreed it had been a very productive day. Three new members attended and went home with a set of very useful and attractive sketches. Everyone is busy preparing work for the summer exhibition in Shaldon’s Victoria Hall, which opens on 14 August so it will be interesting to see if any of the sketches result in finished paintings on display.
On 8th August the Teignmouth Art Society sketchers will be back on home ground drawing and painting in Mules Park.
Members of Teignmouth Art Society met on the back beach last Tuesday for an outdoor painting and sketching session. “The light was amazing” said one member, “We could have been on one of the Greek Islands”. Boats, olive-green hills, fishermen, azure water, and sunshine did indeed have a Mediterranean look.
Teignmouth is becoming increasingly important as a centre for the arts, the light and variety of subject matter being part of the reason for this success. Teignmouth Art Society is a large club with a wide range of artists from experienced professionals to beginners, and meeting to work outdoors is an important part of their summer programme.
Members used many different mediums on the back beach – pencil, pen and ink, water colour and acrylics. Jane Branch even brought down a set of oils and an easel to paint on the spot, just as the impressionist masters did.
Members clubbed together to give a donation for the Seamen’s Mission
Members of Teignmouth Art Society are busy preparing for their summer exhibition which will be in Victoria Hall in Shaldon between 15-24 August. In addition Jane Branch will be exhibiting her work in Teignmouth during Devon Open Studios in September.