Saturday, 14 January 2012

CORRECTION - January / February Newsletter

January / February Newsletter  

in this issue
Art Evenings - CHANGE TO DATES
AAG Events +
Annual Art Show
Membership Due 1st Feb
Committee meeting DATES:

NEXT AAG MEETING: Wednesday 1st February, 7.30pm at Pickhams.
AGM Date to be confirmed, probably either 22nd or 29th February. Please check the website or Arlington Village Hall noticeboard for details and agenda.


Arlington Art Evenings

Thursdays, 7 - 9pm in Arlington Village Hall - £2.50 regular session (for demonstrations, workshops and other events, please check.)

All welcome - no need to come every week. Bring your own materials / equipment. You can carry on with your own projects or take up the 'suggested challenge' each week as you wish!

5th January - Shiny and New
12 January -
No theme

19 January -

26 January - All things Scottish.
2 February -
A Touch of Frost. 1940 - David Jason, English actor
9 February -
Flight. 1963 - 1st flight of Boeing 727 jet.  Artist of the month.
16 February -
Bring in an object to inspire.
23 February -
Puppets. 1940 - Walt Disney's animated movie "Pinocchio," released
1st March -
Competition: Pigs. National Pig day in United States.
8th March - Workshop with Lindy Dunbar. Life drawing.

"Artist of the Month"

camilla pennantWe get to see what members work on at the Thursday Art Evenings and at exhibitions, but it is great to see all the other work they do and have done in the past.

Nov - Camilla Pennantcamilla pennant painting
Camilla brought in a selection of her works which included some paintings done on a recent residential art course (this example was painted with hands and fingers) and some examples of work done at Wilmington Art Group.


Monthly Theme

Each week we have a suggested theme and every so often we make one a competition. Anyone who attends that session can enter (or choose not to!) - there is a prize and the winning entry will be featured in the next newsletter. At our session on 1st March the theme will be Pigs. you can start your work in advance but it should be worked on and finished during the session. Everyone votes for their favourite at the end of the session.
Paint Me a Bluebell

You can interpret the title as you like. Your entry can be painted or drawn in any medium and to any size but we need a 5 x 7" PHOTOGRAPH of your work to judge, not the original work.

All photographs will be displayed throughout the opening of the 2012 Arlington Bluebell Walk (opening dates to be confirmed on and visitors will be asked to vote for the winners in each category. The ORIGINALS of all the winning entries will then be displayed during the Hailsham Arts Festival between 8th - 19th September 2012 (venue and exact exhibition date TBC).

bluebell winner 2011
Children's winner 2011
A - Under 8's (50p per entry),
B - 8 to 16 years (50p per entry)
C - 65 and over (£1 per entry),
D - Amateur (£1 per entry),
E - Professional (£2 per entry)

Please send you photographs (size approximately 5 x 7") with NO name on the front, to the address below. Mark your name, address, telephone, email and category entered on the BACK of the photograph and send with the appropriate fee for the category. Unlimited number of entries. Cheques payable to ARLINGTON ARTS GROUP. If you would rather, you can deliver entries in person to Arlington Village Hall on a Thursday evening between 7 and 9pm by prior arrangement.

We can not return photographs. It is a condition of entry that your original work is available to display between 8th ad 19th September 2012 in the event of you being a winner. Prizes for the winner in each category of either Art materials or vouchers will be presented at the exhibition of the winning entries where photographs will be taken of all winners with their work.
It is a condition of entry that you consent to images of your work being used on the Bluebell Walk website and printed literature where this relates to the Art Competition and on the Arlington Arts Group website and 
to promote future competitions run by the Arlington Arts Group and published in the Arlington Arts Group Newsletter. All entries must be photographs of your own work which must be original, not copies of the work of other artists or photographers. 

Send photos of your Paint me a Bluebell entries to:
AAG Bluebell Competition c/o Magpie Cottage, Hayreed Lane, Wilmington, Polegate, BN26 6RR    Enquiries 01323 485153 or by email

Hailsham Shop Windows
There will be a changeover of artists displaying work in the empty shop windows in Hailsham High Street on 29th January.

This is part of the Hailsham Town Council's initiative for High Street Revitalisation in conjunction with the empty shop owners and the letting agents (Ross and Co) which has greatly helped to improve the appearance of the High Street, and several of the units have now been let. The scheme has received some press attention and may well be a blueprint for other councils.

This is not a commercial venture - it is an opportunity for artists to show work and help the appearance of the High Street. Pictures in the windows are not priced but Gallery North will handle all enquiries about work if the artists have given them details. There is no commission taken on any sales but pictures have to remain in the windows once sold until the end of the exhibition.

It looks like we have only 3 units available to us at the time of writing and we have 3 artists lined up, but please do get in touch if you are interested in showing work for approximately 8 weeks as more empty units may become available. You would need to provide your own stands / easels, display your own work, insure your work for the exhibition duration, and collect your work when asked - if the shops are let during the exhibition time, you will be asked to remove your work, possibly at short notice.

If interested please email asap or call Josie at Hailsham Creative on 01323 840 048 or leave a message for Jenny at Gallery North (70 High St, Hailsham) on 01323 846 938.

Arlington Art Show 2012
This is scheduled to be in the Village Hall on the May Day Bank Holiday weekend, Sat, Sun and probably Monday (TBC). The format will be much the same as our last year's summer show and submission forms will be available on the website soon. If you would like a form posted to you please SEND A SAE to the address below marked Arlington Art Show 2012. We want everyone who wants to show their work to have the opportunity so we do not have a selection committee, but we are always oversubscribed so space is allocated on a first come first served basis.
We will invite a few crafts people who have had stalls with us before but will not be advertising craft pitches for sale this year.

Other events this year will include the exhibition of the winning entries in the Bluebell competition during the Hailsham Arts Festival in September. We will discuss this at the meeting on 1st Feb as we may decide to extend the exhibition to other artists and perhaps have a couple of 'fringe' festival events in the village, such as artists' open studios. Please let us know if you have any suggestions or ideas.   


Newsletter secretary
The Newsletters are set up and printed every 2 months (that's just 6 a year) and posted or emailed to all AAG members. [You may have noticed a lack of Newsletter in December - it was a quiet month for the group so there was not much to report. I also simply ran out of time to produce one]
If you are able to collate information and set it up on a computer, I can arrange the printing. This email version if very easy to edit once the material is all ready. Full training will be given!

Please do consider taking on this role - ask
for more details - and let one of us know before the next meeting.
Thank you!

Chair: Josie Tipler 01323 485153
Secretary: Anne Howard 01323 870 842
Membership: Brenda Carr 01323 871 430
Events Secretary: Camilla Pennant
Treasurer: Hazel Hooker: 01323  846 085
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Wilmington . Polegate . BN26 6RR

Deadline for submissions for the March / April Newsletter:
20th February . Send to


Josie Tipler     


Subscriptions are due on 1st Feb. You can choose £6 Email membership (for those happy to be contacted by email or to view the newsletters online or on the noticeboard at Arlington Village Hall), or £9.50 postal membership (to have newsletters posted to you every other month).
Membership automatically entitles you to  
  • reduced exhibitor rates at AAG exhibitions and at many events organised by the group,   
  • your card will get you a 10% discount at Pictures and Frames of Horam.   
  • Members can also order items from the SAA at SAA members prices when ordering through the group.    
  • Members are covered under the AAG Group Public Liability Insurance at AAG events.

Details of forthcoming AAG Exhibitions will be listed in the Newsletters - if you would like to participate please either pick up application forms from Arlington Village Hall, download an application form from the website or send an SAE for a form to be posted to you. 



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