Monday, 31 October 2016

Great Achievement for our Members

June pond - Jane Palmer
Last weekend several of our members entered work in the Great Bowden Visual Arts exhibition. This event has been held each year in the village hall since 2007 and is well attended, often selling a number of works of art.

This year, four of our members sold six out of a total of eight paintings sold, which is quite an achievement and shows just how much talent we have amongst us.

Here is a selection of some of the works that sold:

Leicestershire Landscape - Jane Palmer

The Rooster - Frank Bingley

Ewe - Frank Bingley

Other members successful in selling work were Michael Edwards and David Coleman.

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Life Drawing

The life drawing evening was quite successful. The sitters, shown below in order, sat for ten minutes except for Stew who sat for twenty minutes because it was so hard to capture his natural aura, or was it because he had a guitar? 

We were also visited by Lana and Bryany who hopefully will become members.

Glenys Alexander

Ken Lilley
Dave Colman
Frank Bingley

Stew Levy

Glenys  Lana  Lynda Eleanor Bryany

Monday, 24 October 2016

An evening with our President - 'Frank'.

 Scenes and characters of Market Harborough

A talk by Franklyn J Scott, alternatively known to us as ‘Frank,’ our club President. 

As a child Frank was inspired by a TV program called Adrian Hill’s Sunday morning sketch club. He entered a pencil sketch of a junk shop and he won first prize. This inspired him to study art. Educated in Leicester at Gateway School, and then the attached college of art. He gained a degree in graphic design. His first job involved printing where he worked in a studio in Oxford Street. He moved on to be a designer in Syston, display manager for North Eastern Gas, teacher in Oadby, to running his own sign writing business and finally to date a free lance artist.

On a his return from Australia, he decided to do a series of pictures of Market Harborough. In the painting of the old grammar school and church you will notice the shadow on the TSB wall is wrong with the time on the church clock, this was the start of deliberate mistakes in all the following Market Harborough paintings. Jim Divine carries a Tesco shopping bag, Jim never shopped in Tesco! Eric Waterfield's bicycle appears in every picture, certainly Frank knows all the local characters idiosyncrasies and evan included Ali Bunce’s foot in one picture! Richard Martin (Martin’s pet shop) approached Frank to paint the picture of Church Street. A print of one of these was presented to a visiting dignitary and now hangs in the Whitehouse in America. These paintings  are evidence of how Market Harborough has changed since the 1990’s.

This is only one small aspect of Franks work, scenes of Market Harborough, along with landscape paintings and night scenes can be found on his website

Thank you Frank for such an interesting and informative evening.

Monday, 17 October 2016

2016, public vote for the top 4 paintings

This year the public chose 4 favourite paintings.

The first was Alan Walkers painting of, 'Whitby.'

The second was Lynda Talbott's painting of the, 'Aquarium'.

Joint third place, was Lynda Talbot's painting called 'Gone Fishing', and Bob Morley's painting,  'Caenwych Farm'.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Photographs of the Oct 2016 Exhibition and an Invitation

Ken Lilley

Jane Palmer, Lynda Talbott and Glenys Alexander


Visitor Charlie Watts from Yelvertoft Art Club

Chris Bent and Kate Ruse
admiring Frank's painting

Chris is a lecturer in art at De Montfort University and is also on the council of Leicester Society of Artists  and has been kind enough to have invited our art club members to their Preview Invitation Annual Exhibition Thursday 3 November 6.30 - 8.30pm

I will print out a number of the invites for the October 28th Oct and 25th Nov meetings. If anyone can't attend those meetings please email me at or

In case your wondering how I know Chris, he and my cousin Kate Ruse have been together for over 30 years.
When he visited our Yorkshire house for the first time we were standing in the garden admiring the stunning Yorkshire sky and I said to him, 
'how many colours can you see'?
He said 'Oh about 15 at first glance. How about you'?
'Oh', said I, 'about 3, blue, blue and blue'!
That's why he does what he does.


Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Welcome baby Logan

Congratulations Emily and Joe on the birth of your new baby boy 'Logan'. Born on the 7th September at 1.17am, weighing in at 7lb 13oz.