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6 July 2017 – Talk by Nick Ashby

We were treated to a wonderful talk by Nick Ashby on Thursday 6th July. It included a little bit of history about cartooning, caricatures and humour in art. He also told us his story about becoming a full-time artist and how he came of own the gallery in Bewdley by the river Severn.

Members are now going to spent the month having a go at creating artwork based on this month’s theme of ‘Humour in Art’.

Nick Ashby will be returning at the end of the month to see how we get on and to hold our appraisal evening on 27th July.  Looking forward to it!

See Nick’s work on his web site –

1st June 2017 – ceramics

On 1st June local artisan Camille from ‘The Melting Pot’ in Bewdley came along with a selection of pots, plates and tiles for the members to decorate. After an absorbing 2 hours  a wide range of interesting pieces had been completed. Camille took them with her to get them fired and will bring them back towards the end of the month.

Can’t wait to see the finished results! Below are some photos of the glazed pots awaiting firing.

April Spring Trophy

What a fantastic exhibition of work entered for the Spring Trophy and judging by the results, it was a close run thing. There was one out-right winner and 5 runners-up with the same number of votes.

Here are the paintings, and Dave’s wire model!




Here is our programme of events for April.   Newsletter April 2017

The theme of the month for April in wet-in-wet.

We are looking forward to a demonstration by Julie Matthews on 6th April when she will be showing us some of her work and methods. As usual the evening will commence at 7.15 pm at Trimpley Village Hall, non-members are welcome £5 on the door.

Don’t forget that subs are now due!


After a great March learning about decorative design, our own Jim McIntyre hosted our appraisal evening yesterday when some varied and interesting pieces of art were on display.  Huge thanks to Jim and to all the members who attended to make this an enjoyable event.

16 March 2017 Zentangle Workshop

This evening Shelley Waring did a presentation about Zentangles. These are miniature pieces of unplanned, abstract, black and white art created on a 3.5-inch (89 mm) square paper tile.  The method is simple and based on drawing a few lines and then completing the sections in contrasting patterns.  Zentangles are not only  beautiful, they are fun and relaxing to create.

   Zentangle by Shelley

The Zentangle may remind you of the current ‘colouring-in’ craze sweeping the country at the moment. There are loads of books out there, mainly aimed the adults, which are full of designs both real and imaginary just for the relaxation and fun of colouring in.

Below -Everyone is busy creating their Zentangles


Below, taking Zantangles to the extreme!

World Map Mandala Wall – speed drawing created by the amazing artist Em Carey (three weeks work piled into 1 minute).

Posted by iCanBeCREATIVE on Thursday, 16 March 2017

March 2017 Decorative Design

Our theme of the month is Decorative Design. We kicked off with an inspiring visit to Kidderminster Carpet Museum where staff gave us a guided tour of the museum. We were also treated to a look at the archives; not normally available to members of the public.


9th March – We held a design workshop at Trimpley Village Hall. Karen Hotchkiss and Jennie Morton brought in a selection of fabrics, as well as wallpaper designs by William Morris, for us to peruse. We then set about creating our own designs in a variety of media.

23 February 2017 – Appraisal by Tim Nash

A lovely evening with Tim Nash and a good turn-out of members in spite of ‘Doris’ blowing a hoolie!

We had over 20 works of art brought in by members for Tim to appraise and as usual they were all of a very good standard with some very innovative pieces. Members really got into the spirit of experimenting with mixed media and collage.

Kidderminster Art Society artwork
Members artwork


On 23 February 2017, we welcome Tim Nash back to Kidderminster Art Society for our appraisal evening at Trimpley Village Hall at 7.15 pm. So come along and bring your artwork. Non-members welcome. £3 on the door, refreshments 50p.