<![CDATA[Poole & East Dorset Art Society - Blog]]>Wed, 26 Jan 2022 20:40:47 +0000Weebly<![CDATA[News from PEDAS & the Gallery Upstairs]]>Sun, 09 Jan 2022 05:29:05 GMThttps://pedas.org.uk/blog/news-from-pedas-the-gallery-upstairs

Here’s wishing you all a Very Happy New Year - and for the whole of 2022!

THE GALLERY UPSTAIRS at Upton Country Park
​for more information see www.thegalleryupstairs.org.uk 

Closed for redecoration in January.
3 – 15 February 2022                
Inside Out Painters

Exhibition of original works by Chris Clark, Gill Faraway, Sarah Kelly & Iris McCrow with guest artists David Herrington and Elizabeth Mitchener
17 – 28 Feb              
Neat Image 
Exhibition of Photographs and Sculpture 
Curated by Norma Jacqueline Rawlings
3 – 14 March            
Joseph Charman

Exhibition of paintings

PEDAS (Poole & East Dorset Art Society) manages the Gallery Upstairs on behalf of the community.

New PEDAS Sessions - Wednesday afternoon meetings

From Jan 12th 2022, PEDAS weekly sessions will be held on a Wednesday, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Alderney Manor Community Centre, Herbert Ave.
Accurate at time of writing, always check website for changes.
12 January - Penny Wilton, Painting with a limited palette. 
See the range of tones and depth in painting that can be achieved with a limited palette.  Penny will bring photos for reference or you can bring your own - it needs to be something in grey tones, a misty landscape or a still life or portrait in black and white. The medium can be acrylic or watercolour; you will need a scrap of paper to try out tones, & a larger piece of paper for painting on, tissue for cleaning brushes, maybe masking fluid for watercolours, brushes, water pots etc.  For acrylic or watercolour you can use same colours: ultramarine, burnt sienna, and white if using acrylic. 

19 January – John Biggs introduces “In My Life" our theme for Dorset Arts Week 2022, followed by a talk on using Instagram by Steph Jones.

26 January - Barry Kavanagh painting demonstration, info to follow

Sunday Afternoon Session at Lilliput Church Hall, Lilliput Road, BH14 8JX
2.30 - 4.30 pm

6 February – Joan Scott, demo and workshop on collage and mixed media. Materials list to follow. Subjects of participants choice.

<![CDATA[~ Wild ~]]>Sun, 19 Dec 2021 09:30:42 GMThttps://pedas.org.uk/blog/-wildThe Upton Country Park Open 2021 runs until 21st December
Wild: The Upton Country Park Open 2021 
 3rd – 21st December 2021
Exhibition of selected work by artists local to Poole.
 Congratulations  to the winners. 

Also... The People’s Prize

While you're at the Upton Country Park Open 21, remember to take part in​ “The People’s Prize”, and vote for your favourite work in the exhibition, simply take a voting slip and place it into the box provided.
The creator of the piece with the most votes at the end of the exhibition wins a £50 voucher from 
DJ Brooking, the book and art shop at 420, Ashley Road, Parkstone
Many thanks to Stephen Brooking for donating the prize.
D J Brooking is at 420, Ashley Road  Parkstone BH14 0AA
T.  01202 741675      E. djbrooking@dbsmail.co.uk
<![CDATA[~ WILD ~]]>Mon, 06 Dec 2021 15:03:04 GMThttps://pedas.org.uk/blog/wildThe Upton Country Park Open 2021 runs until 21st December 

Wild: Upton Country Park Open 2021 - THE RESULTS
The Launch Party was very well attended, under the circumstances. But sadly Helen Talbot our selector was unable to be there in person due to a positive covid test.  The speech she had prepared was read out on her behalf.  In it she noted that all submissions had been anonymous, and she congratulated everyone on the quality and the quantity of works submitted.

​Helen had £300 to award at her discretion.
Congratulations went to the six joint winners who each won £50:
Steph Jones - Dragon Fly
Valerie Willets - Enigma 1
Joan Lilley - Fighting Back
Doff Davies - How Fragile We Are
Pamela Marshall - Wild Swimmers
Tom Marshall - Wild, Windy Day in Poole Harbour
The six shown below .. quite a diverse mix, which is what we had hoped for!

The following pieces were Highly Commended:
Avocet, Liz Magee (3D)
Bedraggled, Sally Holland
Blow me Down, Liz Magee
Born Free, Debra J Parkes
Common Lizard, Joseph J Field
Fastnet Race, Sandra Dale
Hare on Alert, Ros Heaven
In Search of Prey, Gabrielle Bill
Mr Brock, Alison Debenham
Pavo, Maggie Wyman
The Last Battle Droid, Chris Davies (3D)
Watching the Waves, Sue Spender
Wild and Free (Range), Joan Lyons
Wild Oats, Margaret Hasted
Wistman’s Wood, John Biggs
Some below:
The People’s Prize

While you're at the Upton Country Park Open 21, remember to take part in​ “The People’s Prize”, and vote for your favourite work in the exhibition, simply take a voting slip and place it into the box provided.
The creator of the piece with the most votes at the end of the exhibition wins a £50 voucher from 
DJ Brooking, the book and art shop at 420, Ashley Road, Parkstone
Many thanks to Stephen Brooking for donating the prize.
D J Brooking is at 420, Ashley Road  Parkstone BH14 0AA
T.  01202 741675      E. djbrooking@dbsmail.co.uk
<![CDATA[What’s on at PEDAS this week?]]>Sun, 14 Nov 2021 19:52:42 GMThttps://pedas.org.uk/blog/whats-on-at-pedas-this-weekWednesday 17 November – PEDAS Fun Quiz Night!
Something extra: Quiz night at the King Charles, Poole BH15 1JN, from 7 pm. 
We are running another of our fun quiz nights for our members and their friends in one of the oldest pubs in Poole, in a function room that takes you back in time with its big timbers and stone walls,  olde worlde atmosphere and excellent dining.
Date:       Wed 17th November
Venue:    Function room King Charles Pub, Poole Quay
Timing:    700pm -10.00pm
Charge:   £3 per head for Quiz includes Prize Raffle
More details here
Thursday 18th November - On location at Creech Hill
Thursday 18th November, from 10 am meet on location at Creech Hill.  Drive to the top of Creech Hill, to the free parking area with extensive views of the countryside and sea, and draw/paint from our vehicles - whatever the weather!  Interpret the view and weather in pencil or paint. No evening session.
20th November deadline for submissions for ‘WILD’ – Upton Country Park Open 2021. 
Open 2021 - Poole & East Dorset Art Society (pedas.org.uk) for online entry.
PEDAS (Poole & East Dorset Art Society) manages The Gallery Upstairs on behalf of the community
<![CDATA[Art in to View at The Gallery Upstairs]]>Fri, 29 Oct 2021 07:22:39 GMThttps://pedas.org.uk/blog/art-in-to-view-at-the-gallery-upstairs“Eclectic” is rather an overused word when it comes to describing exhibitions, but having looked up the definition “deriving ideas, style or taste from a broad range of sources,” it seems to be the perfect word for describing “Art in to View”, our latest exhibition at The Gallery Upstairs.
On display were bold oil paintings, gentle water colours,  charmingly innocent depictions of nature, precise prints, the striking use of shading in pen, impressive collage, a perfect demonstration of that difficult medium oil pastel, poured paint, beautiful pencil work, and some welcome abstract work.  Subjects covered land and seascapes, boats and trains, architecture, gardens, flowers, foxes, hens and horses, runners and even breakfast.

So if you haven't yet seen "Art in to View" at The Gallery Upstairs these are the last few days to come and enjoy the latest work by PEDAS artists. Open every day, finishes Monday.
<![CDATA[Invitation to our Launch Party!]]>Wed, 13 Oct 2021 05:41:43 GMThttps://pedas.org.uk/blog/invitation-to-our-launch-party
We'd love you to join us on Saturday 16th October from 11 am for drinks and nibbles and to celebrate the launch of the latest PEDAS exhibition:
‘Art in to View’ 
New and original work in an un-themed exposition by members of Poole & East Dorset Art Society. Work ranges from traditional to abstract, finely detailed to colourful and strident. 
​Come, see what we've been up to!
The Gallery Upstairs is situated above the tea rooms in the lovely surroundings of Upton Country Park and is managed by PEDAS members on behalf of the community.

<![CDATA[Autumn Programme for PEDAS and The Gallery Upstairs]]>Wed, 22 Sep 2021 14:39:17 GMThttps://pedas.org.uk/blog/ease-into-autumn-pedas-and-the-gallery-upstairsEase into Autumn with PEDAS Autumn Art Sessions:
Visitors welcome - no need to pre-book.
THURSDAY evening (7 – 9pm) meetings are held at Alderney Manor Community Centre, 287 Herbert Avenue BH12 4HT,  ​(except every third Thursday, when we visit other locations).
​£3 for members, £5 for non-members​​

23 Sept – Stephen Foster, Painting with a palette knife, demonstration.
Stephen has been a professional artist since 1985 and now specialises in semi-abstract landscapes in oil and acrylic.  His paintings reside in collections across the world. 
He lives in Verwood and runs workshops on a regular basis.
'I love texture especially when used to evoke the archaic and although I have a reasonably well established route into a painting the actual mark making process of its growth is more intuitive than deliberative, more unconscious than conscious.'
He will be doing a demonstration for us on Thursday, showing his interpretation of the reed banks in Christchurch harbour.  No need to bring equipment, just watch & ask questions.

30 Sept - Barry Kavanagh, Cypress trees and cornfields in the style of Van Gogh

7 Oct - Life drawing, Trish Jubb as tutor

14 Oct - Gordon Godwin, Model to draw and paint. Interesting chap with a full beard. Bring materials of your choice.

21 Oct – On location, Russell Cotes Museum & Art Gallery (showing  ‘A Century of British Art: Bournemouth Arts Club 1920 – 2020’). No evening session.

28 Oct – David White, Demonstration in acrylics David is an accomplished painter of dogs and seascapes with several published books.

Sunday Sessions return to LILLIPUT CHURCH HALL, The Church of the Holy Angels, Lilliput Road, BH 14 8JX.  Please arrive in good time for a prompt start at 2.30 to 4.30 pm.

3rd October - Sue Smith watercolour session:  'Still-life in the style of Shirley Trevena'.

Exhibitions this Autumn at The Gallery Upstairs:

17th – 27th September:  'Optic Nerve'
with the work of Pam Marshall, Rob Adams, Sally Holland, Heather MacGregor  

30th September - 12th October:  'Art in Broadstone'
An exhibition of paintings, prints and sketches by members of Broadstone Art Society. 

15th October - 1st November:  ‘Art in to View’  PEDAS Autumn Exhibition
New and original work in an un-themed exhibition by members PEDAS

4th - 15th November:  'BraveArt 15'
An exhibition of paintings and sketches by members of East Dorset BraveArt Society

The Gallery Upstairs is managed by Poole & East Dorset Art Society
<![CDATA[‘WILD’ - A call to local artists]]>Sat, 18 Sep 2021 07:19:01 GMThttps://pedas.org.uk/blog/wild-a-call-to-local-artists
The Gallery Upstairs at Upton Country Park is putting out a call to all local artists within a 15 mile radius of Poole for new and original entries for the Upton Country Park Open 2021.   This year’s OPEN will have the theme ‘Wild’- we are inviting all local visual artists to submit work. 
All entries will all be made online this year.  Closing date for entries: 20th November 2021. The project is open to any visual artist living within a 15 mile radius of Poole and art in any medium is welcome:  painting, drawing, sculpture, handcrafted prints, digital and textile art.  Sorry no photography or video, due to space constraints.
To enter please visit www.pedas.org.uk or www.thegalleryupstairs.org.uk.  There is a non-returnable fee of £5 per piece entered.  Selection will be made digitally by our Selector Helen Talbot. The exhibition will be held at The Gallery Upstairs at Upton Country Park running from 3rd – 21st December 2021. 
A spokesman for the organisers said:  The theme this year is ‘WILD’ – so a wonderful opportunity to create something astonishing!   We are excited to invite local artists of all styles and genres and look forward to seeing their interpretations of such a broad theme.” 
The selector, Helen Talbot MA has taught subjects including drawing, painting, graphic design and illustration since 1989 working in adult, further and higher education in Dorset and Hampshire. She works with most drawing and painting media, printmaking and stitched textiles, and has exhibited her own work widely. 
Prize money of £300 will be awarded. 
The Gallery Upstairs is located above the tearooms in the lovely surroundings of Upton Country Park. The exhibition is organised by the Gallery managers, Poole and East Dorset Art Society.  For more information, rules and how to submit your entries visit www.thegalleryupstairs.org.uk; email  gus@pedas.org.uk  

Currently showing at The Gallery Upstairs: 'Optic Nerve'

Colourful and contrasting, paintings by three members of PEDAS: Heather MacGregor, Pam Marshall & Sally Holland, plus guest artist Rob Adams, who is especially well-known for his en plein air work. We are having a little gathering with drinks and nibbles at the gallery this afternoon... Saturday 18th from around 2 pm. Please come and see the paintings and chat with the artists. 
<![CDATA[What's on at The Gallery Upstairs]]>Thu, 09 Sep 2021 16:15:05 GMThttps://pedas.org.uk/blog/whats-on-at-the-gallery-upstairs
If you like needlework you will love the exhibition currently on show at The Gallery Upstairs until 13th September.  It is a sumptuous display of textile art by Dorset members of West Country Embroiderers in an exhibition called ‘A Spectrum of Stitch’. Christchurch, Poole, Purbeck, Sherborne, Wareham and Wimborne groups are represented.  Each group gets together on a regular basis to enjoy learning and experimenting with hand and machine embroidery, fibres and mixed media.  The original aim was to encourage the skill of embroidery at all levels and ability, but they have since moved on and now, as demonstrated in this fabulous exhibition, like to encompass all manner of textiles and needlecrafts.  Some interesting pieces:
And the exhibition that follows this promises to be another feast for the eyes.  ‘Optic Nerve’, ​which runs from 17th – 27th September, showcases the paintings of four contrasting artists:  Rob Adams, Pam Marshall, Sally Holland, and Heather MacGregor.  Here's a taster:
The Gallery Upstairs is run by members of Poole & East Dorset Art Society (PEDAS). It is situated above the Tea Rooms in Upton Country Park in 160 acres of parkland, woodland, shoreline, and gardens. So come and enjoy a visit to an art gallery followed by an afternoon in a country park. 

Thanks to everyone who took part in our recent Art Pro Loco Event at Upton Country Park, both those who entered work and those who came along to vote.  Great fun was had by all!  Congratulations to the worthy winners pictured below:  Adult prizewinner:  Serena Langford (Age 16) and her painting The Great House, 5 - 15 Age group winner Ella Pogmore with her painting The Spirit of Upton Country Park and Under 5 winner Kaya Edwards with Fairy Corner.
<![CDATA[The Gallery Upstairs & the start of the PEDAS Autumn Programme]]>Wed, 25 Aug 2021 09:32:21 GMThttps://pedas.org.uk/blog/the-gallery-upstairs-the-start-of-the-pedas-autumn-programme

​26 - 30 August 2021

Upton Country Park, Past and Present
An exhibition combining the results of an oral history project by students from Bournemouth University to gather memories of the park from people who knew it best.   Exhibition runs concurrently with Art Pro Loco.

27 – 30th August Bank Holiday weekend
An exciting opportunity to paint or draw in the inspiring surroundings of Upton Country Park, during the August Bank Holiday Weekend, then have your work displayed in an evolving exhibition in The Gallery Upstairs - we invite all ages and abilities to come and create a piece of art in a day! Remember to register at the gallery before you begin.
How it works 

​2nd September PEDAS plein air painting session at Kingston Lacey
, the beautiful country house and estate near Wimborne. On weekdays you don’t need to pre-book your visit. Meet at 10 am at the car park. Parking free to NT members.

2nd September PEDAS THURSDAY EVENING programme resumes at: 
Alderney Manor Community Centre, 287 Herbert Avenue, Poole BH12 4HT. Next Thursday staring at 7.30 pm, Helen Talbot will give a critique of summer work. Just bring along your summer paintings, sketches etc. All welcome including non-members.  For details & to view the rest of the programme see: Thursday Evenings - Poole & East Dorset Art Society (pedas.org.uk)

5th September PEDAS SUNDAY AFTERNOON sessions resume at Alderney Manor Community Centre. Lindsey Cole will give a demo / mini workshop: 'From Tonal to Semi-Abstract Landscape'. This workshop is a taster on how to plan small, preparing to work to a larger scale painting in your own time. For details and materials to bring see website: Sunday Afternoons - Poole & East Dorset Art Society (pedas.org.uk). Please arrive in good time for a prompt start, 2.30 to 4.30 pm. All welcome. £3 for member, £5 for non-members.