The Society of Marple Artists 49th Annual Exhibition
Members of The Society of Marple Artists are again making preparations for this year’s annual exhibition. Last year was another successful exhibition and we had tremendous support from every member. Attendance at the exhibition was once again very encouraging and we would like to thank the public for their continued support. The chair, Steve Abbott is confident that our 49th exhibition will be as successful this year as it has been in previous years.
Society Contact: Chairman Steve Abbott 0161 449 9963.
Last Year's Public Vote Winners
First Place, "May - A Portrait" by Elizabeth Challinor:
Second Place, "Three Sleepy Donkeys" by Eileen Hurst:
Third Place, "Oldham Street" by Hugh Winterbottom:
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The SMA did well in last year's St Cuthbert's Mill, Saunders Waterford Post card competition. The results were announced this year, David Steeden did well again and received 3rd prize (£50 worth of paper) out of a thousand entries (see Steam Engine) and we had at least 5 runners up, detailed below:
The Society has a busy programme all year round, as highlighted by the following pictures:
Marple Locks Festival ‘A Great Day Out For All’
The Civic Society and the Society of Marple Artists supported Marple Locks Festival in July 2009. It was hoped that we could encourage the youngsters of Marple to get involved with painting alongside some of our own artists and as seen by these pictures a good time was had by all. The sun shone for everyone as well which made a very special day for all involved.
Masson Mill Pro Loco
These photos were taken at Matlock's Masson Mill Pro Loco. The winners paintings are now displayed in the board room.
Bockingford Postcard Competition
In November 2008 many of the group took part in a postcard competition run by Bockingford who make fine watercolour paper. There were 1,000 entries and although we didn’t get anyone in the top three prize group, three of our members were runners up of which there were 100. We were as delighted as they were and their postcards were exhibited in London at the RKB Gallery on the 19th February 2009. The three postcards are shown below and I think you will agree the standard was very high and to paint something on a 4” x 6”postcard is quite a challenge.
Bruce Mulcahy Workshop
In February 2008 a workshop was held at the main church hall where 18 artists gathered with their acrylic, oils or gouache for a days painting with renowned landscape artist Bruce Mulcahy. Bruce comes from Dewsbury in Yorkshire and back packs all over the countryside in all kinds of weather to find the perfect place to paint what is around him. At the end of the day we all went home with a painting that we were pleased with and I must say there were a few that were superb.
Bruce takes parties for painting holidays, (long weekends and full weeks) in some of the best beauty spots in Yorkshire. He can be contacted for information on tel. no. 01924 459 710.
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