We are committed to promoting arts and crafts in the Petersfield area. Our workshops, talks and demonstrations are open to everyone. Members are able to exhibit in the annual exhibition held on the August Bank Holiday weekend.
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Our news blog tells you about upcoming events as well as reporting on events which have been enjoyed by our members. Please keep popping by to make sure you don’t miss out on changes to our programme or artist opportunities!
Today, Bank Holiday Monday, is the last day of our exhibition of 2018. Despite the very wet weather yesterday the hall was busy (with some very wet visitors) and people have come from far and wide, many looking for a wet weather activity on a Bank Holiday weekend!
There are also several other smaller venues where members are exhibiting, such as the Petersfield Physic Garden and individual home and garden-studios, details of which can be found in the Hampshire Open Studios booklet.
The Petersfield Festival is also on today with stalls, crafts and music to enjoy throughout the day so there are many reasons to visit our beautiful town.
Here are some images from our preview evening for you to enjoy while you plan your Bank Holiday Monday! (Please click the URL link to view) Hopefully the sun will come out soon and everyone can enjoy their holiday!
A small group of PACS members is having an exhibition at the Petersfield Physic Garden this weekend (August 25th-27th) under the Hampshire Open Studios umbrella.
The artists are Mary Herdman, Mike Wallace, Sarah Wallace and Katrin Eagle and each will be bringing their own distinctive style of work to the show. Hanging work will include paintings in oil, watercolour, mixed media, needle-felt and woven tapestry. There will also be a large selection of scarves, bags and mittens made from locally sourced hand-spun and hand-dyed wool and alpaca. Cards and prints form all artists will be available.
Our annual exhibition is once again in full swing with an exciting array of over 700 pieces of work. The slideshow of award-winning works is now up on our website for you to enjoy and there is also a selection of pictures from the exhibition on the main exhibition page along with a full list of exhibitors.
Our May workshop was a huge success! Here’s a review written by Lousie Turpin who attended the session.
Will Dyke – Trees and woodland
Lino and woodcut printing workshop
The morning of the Royal Wedding dawned bright and sunny and 16 PACS printmakers were headed, not to Windsor, but the Triangle Centre in Liss. We were there for the Will Dyke printmaking workshop. Many of us were returnees from his Farmyard session in 2017 which goes to show how much we had enjoyed his last visit.
After a demonstration of how to use both the lino and wood cutting tools, along with instruction on the variety of marks and textures possible in these media, we were off to experiment with our own sample piece with a warning from Will to “Always place your cutting hand in front of the anchoring hand” – the tools are sharp and all limbs were preferred unscathed by the end of the day, it seems!
Once we got the hang of the tools, Will showed us how to ink up our lino and wood effectively, how to place lino squarely on the paper and how to burnish the back of the paper to give an even coverage of the ink.
Then it was time to create our own masterpieces using the reference supplied or any that we had brought with us. Coffees and teas were purchased along with sustaining cake and all went quiet for an hour or so! Will was on hand to offer any advice needed. Beautiful designs began to emerge from the hitherto blank squares and it was on to the printing table to proof up our masterpieces.
Once the proofs were created on newsprint and adjustments made, final prints were made on thicker paper. Throughout the day we experimented with printing designs as a single colour, using multiple coloured inks on one image, printing on a variety of coloured papers and the bold amongst us ventured into reduction printing.
Come 4 o’clock, the bride and groom in Windsor were tucking into their wedding breakfast whilst we were packing up the hall. A large haul of wonderful prints were on display and everyone was able to take home some very lovely artworks. A great day was had by all. There were many requests to invite Will back so let’s hope we see him again soon.
Long-standing PACS member Mary Herdman is having an exhibition of her paintings at the Madeleine’s Kitchen cafe at One Tree Books in Petersfield from 7th March until 7th May. The collection on show consists of 15 paintings of impressions of the local landscape.
Bookings are being taken for an exciting demo day hosted by PACS potters at Herne Farm Leisure Centre on March 10th 9.30-4. Bring a plate of food to share (and your own crockery!)
Susan will be demonstrating her passion for capturing the spirit of animals. This session will be of interest to everyone as Susan’s methods combine hand built and thrown elements to create wonderful animal sculptures. Her work includes large scale garden sculptures as well as smaller items.
Contact Christine Bull to reserve your place email@example.com
In our News blog we like to share snippets from our members and this week Sharon Hurst shared her good news with us. Jackson’s, the well known supplier of art materials, is once again running its open painting prize ‘JOPP’ and Sharon, our PACS president, is very excited that she has been selected as the fifth commended entry this year for one of her beautiful watercolour cat paintings. Read more about Sharon’s entry here.
You may like to enter your own artwork too. Entries close on March 16th, more information here.
A show involving some PACS members is coming up soon at the Petersfield Physic Garden meeting room. The Art Group Collective are having their winter exhibition from December 1st -3rd open 10-5 Friday and Saturday, 10-4 on Sunday.
A wide variety of work will be on show and available to purchase so come along and enjoy paintings, woven tapestry, mixed media, book binding and textile art!
November is traditionally the month for the PACS Potters to hold their Christmas exhibition in Petersfield. It will be held at the Physic Garden Meeting Room (GU32 3JJ) and there will be well over 100 exhibits to enjoy and purchase. Work includes sculptural, decorative and practical pieces of ceramics.
Festive Opening on Saturday 18th November at 11am with FREE mulled wine and mince pies closing at 4pm. Then open daily 10am – 4pm until Sunday 26th November FREE ENTRY.
Another event to add to your pottery tour is Ceramicus 2017 from 11th -25th November. PACS members Nigel Hobbs and Shirley Shiner are taking part in this exciting exhibition at the Allen Gallery in Alton. Nine artists are displaying a wide variety of ceramic techniques. More details on the flyer below!