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Hi Folks,
Here is the February 2019 newsletter:

1.    This month Catherine Beale is giving us a ‘paint-along’ demonstration on Thursday 21st using water colour or ‘line & wash’ – further details to follow.

2.    We have been able to secure Jamel Akib to give us a demonstration on Thursday July 18th – this will be in oils and comes after his popular demonstration with us last year. This time it will be a ‘sit back and watch’ demonstration and this now gives us 2 such events for 2019 where we can invite non-members for the evening– the other being given by Paul Weaver (watercolours) on Thursday October 31st.

3.    I have had a message from Karin Meek about the forthcoming Silent Art & Craft Auction on behalf of Julia’s House Children’s Hospice, to remind everybody that this is happening on Sat 9th February 1pm to 9pm (and Sunday 10th 12-3pm) at the Devizes & District Conservative Club – see the poster.

4.    Sarah Leigh, Arts & Tourism Officer, Corsham Town Council has contacted me to let me know that at the Town Hall in Corsham they have free exhibition space available Mon-Fri each week and are starting to fill their calendar for 2019 with various artists. They have plenty of space July-December 2019 so please get in touch with Sarah if this is of interest.
Email - or 01249 702130. Sarah works Wednesday - Friday each week.

5.    Rachel Holtham has contacted me to let us know about this year’s Peacock Trail - Peacock Arts Trail calls for artists – “The ‘Peacock Arts Trail’ is preparing to soar into the Wiltshire skies from Saturday 5 to Sunday 13 October 2019 and local artists and craftspeople are invited to take part. Registration is now open until 31st March via

This is the fourth open studios event and footfall and awareness of the trail is increasing year on year. It's a great chance for individual artists and groups to promote their work and enjoy a chat with visitors. 

Many artists open their own studios but others share a venue with a friend or there are limited spaces in some of the shared community venues.”

For more information visit or email


6.    From Max Hale – Draw & Paint the Natural World

“Trees, skies, flowers, deer, foxes, shells.. If it's part of this beautiful planet in it's natural state then this 10 week course will support and teach not only 'how to' in drawing but in any painting medium you prefer. Bring your watercolours, acrylics or oils. This is designed for artists who love these subjects and would like the opportunity to learn the specific technique and methods to tackle them.” -


7.    And from Charles Sluga’s latest Newsletter -  where painting in temperatures approaching 50 degrees Celsius is almost impossible, Charles quotes from Irvine Welsh -  “I was used to heat, but this place was so dry the trees were bribing the dogs!”