COLOURS of SUMMER
June 15-July 13
Christchurch Arts Guild, one of the foremost and progressive local art groups bring their “Colours of Summer” Art Exhibition to the Red House Museum, Quay Road, Christchurch from 15th June until 13th July 2019.
This vibrant show is designed to have multiple appeal for both Christchurch residents and the many visitors to the area at this time of year. Subjects and themes encompass a broad spectrum of art appreciation from realism to abstract, impressionism to figurative and much more.
The Preview is on Saturday 15th June at 10.30am and an early view is recommended. Artists will be on hand for Q and A’s on any painting and there will be several days throughout the exhibition where artists will be working within the gallery and will be available to help with any questions.
Red House Community Manager, Laura Bullivant comments “At the Red House we recognize the value to the town of holding quality art exhibitions in the gallery and “Colours of Summer” by Christchurch Arts Guild fulfills that criteria. We have jointly worked with the Guild through all stages of promotion to what we are sure will be a successful show.”
Visitors are invited to attend the ‘Colours of Summer’ exhibition, Tuesday to Saturdays from 10am to 5pm and can enjoy free admission on all days
The Guild is in its’ 71st year and has gained an enviable reputation for the high standard of work produced by its members some of whom have had paintings accepted by top London galleries and also sold through the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy.
The Red House and Christchurch Arts Guild have been in very close liaison in the preparation and marketing of this exhibition and have secured the services of several notable professional artists to both launch the show and present its awards.
These are as follows:
Linda Patterson (CAG President)– Presenting the “Presidents Award” to her selected artist
Linda has been a designer, teacher and lecturer throughout her working career, and always an ‘Artist’. Drawing and painting since her earliest days. Her paintings cover many genres, but of late mostly landscapes, inspired by the surrounding beauty of the local area.
Pete Gilbert – Officially opening the show
The exhibition is being opened by Pete Gilbert, a renowned local landscape artist living in the heart of the New Forest and enjoying a high reputation for painting contemporary landscapes of the New Forest or the Dorset Coast.
Laura Bullivant – Presenting the “Spreadbury Rosebowl” to picture of choice.
Laura is the Community Manager for the Red House Museum and has worked closely with the Christchurch Arts Guild committee providing a formidable platform of co-marketing towards the staging of this exhibition.
Stephen Foster – Selecting “Best Watercolour in Show”
Stephen lives in Christchurch and has been a professional artist since 1985. His paintings are in collections in at least twenty countries and every continent. He now concentrates on painting abstracts and semi-abstract landscapes.
Elizabeth Kenyon – Best Marine painting
Elizabeth is Senior Account Manager within Archant Publishing and one of the prime movers for promoting the art scene in Dorset Magazine and Hampshire Life. Recognizing the high profile of this exhibition she has kindly agreed to select the painting she regards fulfils the role as the best Marine subject.
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Christchurch Arts Guild – History and status
Christchurch Arts Guild is now in its 71st year and retains a high profile within the many other Art groups in the adjacent area. It began life in 1948 with meetings in the Red House Museum and it held its first exhibition in the Bowling Green Pavilion. There are around 70 active members and a strong enthusiastic committee encouraging and promoting the continual advancement of the many talented artists in the group some of whom have exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
The primary focus is on painting and drawing in various media but other art forms are welcome, particularly at exhibitions including miniatures, textile pictures, sculpture and pottery.
Each year the monthly programme is researched to bring in a wide selection of professional artists to conduct demonstrations, some of whom are willing to travel quite long distances. We also hold critiques where artists work is openly discussed with guidance on all aspects of their design and composition to eventual framing.
In addition, several workshops are organized at a local venue during the year bringing the opportunity to try different style genre or experimentation into alternative art media.
Each year there is one major exhibition for work by all the Guild’s artists which is held within the Gallery at the Red House Museum and Gardens in Christchurch. This year the exhibition runs from 15th June to 13th July. The Guild has always had a very good relationship with the Red House and for this flagship exhibition we have worked very closely with their Community Management to ensure the show is presented to its best advantage. However, such is the output of members the committee are continually seeking alternative venues for additional events to provide ongoing display opportunities throughout the year.
The CAG also has a vibrant website (www.christchurchartsguild.co.uk) where artists can enjoy an excellent shop window for their work.