Billy Showell Workshop 17th October 2021

On Sunday 17th October we welcomed Billy Showell for our first workshop since March 2020. Billy also admitted to feeling nervous as this was her first face to face demonstration since the first lockdown. Billy demonstrated her technique for adding shadows to white flowers, the subject was the flower of a Longiflora lily. We learnt a lot about avoiding hard edges and especially the extra tips on looking after our paper supplies, a very enjoyable and informative meeting.

Next month from 4th – 7th November we have a stand at the Art and Craft event at the NEC , Birmingham. Examples of our work will be on display and members of the society will be present demonstrating each day.

Open Studios – September 2021

On Saturday and Sunday 18th & 19th September members of the society participated in Open Studio at our meeting venue in Stirchley. There were framed paintings displayed on the walls, and members had prints and cards for sale. We had some lovely comments from our visitors and even recruited new members, a successful weekend. The photograph shows one of the displays.

September 2021 News

The society is participating in Open Studios at Stirchley Baths Community Centre on 18th & 19th September. There will be art on display and cards and prints all available to purchase.

For any member wishing to have a page on the gallery on this web site the information is available.

The society also has a stand at the Creative Craft Show and Art Materials Live at the NEC, Birmingham from 4th – 7th November 2021

Another exciting piece of news is that we will once again have an exhibition at The Granary Art Gallery at Weston Park from 31st August Р28th September 2022. Weston Park is set in 1,000 acres of Capability Brown parkland. Surrounding the house are formal gardens with rose beds, lawns, the sunken Italian Gardens and a Rose Walk. The Temple Wood is a naturalistic and romantic paradise. Below the art gallery is a restaurant  where you can get a just a coffee or a meal.

The Finnis Scott Foundation is inviting entries from Botanical Art Groups for their 2022 Botanical Art award. This two yearly award of up to £10,000 is intended to fund discrete projects that promote and encourage the practice and appreciation of botanical art. Do any members have ideas that we could put forward to take advantage of this ? please contact a committee member.

Meetings begin again August 2021

Our first meeting since March 2020 will be on 15th August 2021. We will begin by holding our Annual General Meeting after which members can catch up with what people have been doing during the last months. Please bring your own refreshments to this meeting.

The society will be taking part in Open Studio 2021 at Stirchley Baths (2 Bournville Lane B30 2JT) on the weekend of 18th & 19th September where art will be on display. Cards, original work and prints will be available to purchase.

Society member Celia Scottow has an exhibition of her art at the Tea Room and Weir Room at the Canal Heritage Centre, Beeston NG9 1LZ from1st to 29th August. For further details please see their web site.

Update on meetings and congratulations

Congratulations to Carol Gordon, Celia Scottow and Jane Wilkes who had paintings accepted and displayed on the recent SBA Plantae Exhibition which was held on line again for the second year.

Unfortunately due to the delay in the re-opening of indoor meetings the BSBA Annual General Meeting will now take place on Sunday August 15th 2021. The plan is to hold the AGM in the morning and use the afternoon to catch up with everyone and see some of the things we have been keeping busy with over ‘lockdown’