On Tuesday 23rd May a presentation was made to Ballymena Golf Club by Vis Art. Spring by Ursula Meehan, Summer by David Patton, Autumn by Lesley Sharp and Winter by Jacque McNeill.
Many thanks to all who attended especially the Captains Tracey Hughes and Paddy Kearney.
Congratulations to Sorrel Wills, one of our tutors , who today has had her painting presented to the King and Queen to commemorate the opening of the Coronation Garden in Hazelbank Park in Whiteabbey.
Anne McKeown, who has recently joined us in Vis Art, at an exhibition in Ballymena Library. Her beautiful painting is the one on the top right - well done Anne.
All the paintings you see were done under the tutelage of Helen working with partially sighted and blind artists.
RNIB Connect in NI, contacted us some time ago and we are happy to welcome those from her group who come along next term.
To celebrate the end of another successful year at Vis Art we decided to have some fun making a patchwork painting. Lesley Sharp chose a famous masterpiece (a secret) and made two large copies of it, one of which was then cut up into 32 pieces, each numbered on the reverse. These pieces were placed, face down, and members invited to take one and a similar sized piece of blank paper. Everyone was then given 30 minutes to copy their portion of the masterpiece, in the medium of their choice - watercolour, acrylic, gouache, or pastel - as accurately as possible. The pieces were reassembled like a patchwork quilt and “our” masterpiece revealed and compared with the original. Looking at the patchwork shows the diversity of style of our members. Below you will find artists with their 'patch' in progress (thanks Jacque), the assembly process and both masterpieces. A great time was had by all!
Today Sorrel showed us the technique to use when painting a realistic sky in pastel. A great time was had by all and we learned a lot too!
Check the images below to see the work of two of our members, Maria and Barbara, who have had their work published in the latest edition of Paint and Create.
Jacque McNeill demonstrated her superb skill with watercolour when she painted the portrait of a local gentleman.
Well done Jacque, superb work, and I'm certain Eamon is delighted with his portrait as are the art group with the tips they received during your time painting.
Today Maria was presented with the Frank Shephard Award for the Most Original Painting. Her painting was selected by Patsi McCartney - Morrough in our Annual Exhibition 2022 Read out Christmas Lunch Blog
On Wednesday 22nd February Catherine McKeever is giving a demonstration in pastel. Interested members of the public are invited to join us at 10.00 a.m. in Ballymena Golf Club for informative, erudite and knowledgeable chat as she produces a lovely painting. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you want any further information.
David joined Vis Art four years ago after we met by chance and got talking about canvases he wished to purchase. His art, which has always been good, has improved with the guidance of the tutors at Vis Art and David has grown in confidence in his own ability. Our members are not in the least surprised at his painting being selected. Barbara
We were delighted that Anderson was able to attend today to be is presented with the Rose Bowl for improvement.
This is normally presented at our Christmas Lunch. See our Christmas lunch blog.
Members enjoyed the Christmas festivities over a tasty lunch in Broughshane Golf Club.
The afternoon was particularly enjoyable as members brought in a selection of paintings created over the year for all to enjoy.
Christmas Lunch Awards
Our Chairperson, Barbara Morrison presented the perpetual awards.
The Marion Taylor Award for the most promising painter, (a silver salver). The Recipient is selected by the tutors and this year Jean Davidson was the very deserving recipient.
A Crystal Rose Bowl for improvement. Recipient is selected by the tutors. Another popular recipient this year was Anderson Weir. Unfortunately Anderson was unable to attend our lunch but was delighted to receive his award when we returned to club in January.
Alan Emmett’s Silver Salver for the People’s Choice from our Annual Exhibition.
This was presented to Margaret Fleck for Slemish in Winter.
The excitement was mounting as we prepared for our Annual Exhibition and Celebration event
This is particularly special for us as it is the first time in quite a few years that we have been able to secure a venue which will accommodate the work of over 25 local artists. Yes - you heard it ... over 25 Vis Art ....
Our Autumn tern was kicked off with a return visit by popular Belfast Artist, Paul O'Kane.
Paul is a plein air artist, working mainly in oils and watercolours who enjoys urban sketch in all mediums, including acrylics, gouache and digital painting. His plein air work is mainly small works painted on various painting trips, whether abroad or at home in Northern Ireland. Click Read more to enjoy our You Tube recording of Paul's demo.