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Banstead Art Group Exhibition 2017

10:00-16:00 28th Oct 2017 Location: Banstead Community Hall Organiser: Banstead Arts

Banstead Art Group Exhibition 2017

Affordable artwork to suit all tastes and ages with over 250 paintings from 50 exhibiting local artists. We have everything from watercolours to oils, acrylics, pastels, collage, charcoal and pencil. There are traditional landscapes and modern townscapes, breathtaking seascapes and atmospheric still life, stunning portraits, gorgeous animals and many more. Put a splash of colour in your life, we guarantee you wont be disappointed, and you may even find an original piece of art to replace that tired old print above the fireplace. 

Come and meet the artists with free wine and nibbles on Thursday, 26th October between 18.00 - 20.00. 

Or simply enjoy the exhibition on Thursday 26th October 10.00 - 20.00, Friday 27th October 10.00 - 17.00 and Saturday 28th October 10.00 - 16.00.


Banstead Community Hall, Park Road, Banstead, Surrey SM7 3AJ

A profile of one of the artists exhibiting:


I have been painting since my first 'Painting by Numbers' at about 9/10 years of age. I simply fell in love with the colours. Being an only child, I could immerse myself for hours, uninterrupted, in perfect bliss.

I took Art and Pottery 'A' level at school and wanted to go to Art College. However, love, marriage and children took over. When my children were babies I enrolled for Art classes at my local adult education centre, which included drawing, portraiture, life drawing, pottery and botanical painting. Some of these subjects I found very restricting, so later I tried a watercolour course at SCOLA. With the help of a fantastic tutor, my life changed with this medium. I was totally hooked! It was so exciting, the way the paint works, the colours, the transparency and the vibrancy that can be achieved.

After many years I was encouraged to join some local Art Groups. More opportunity to move forward. I also retired from work and took over one of our bedrooms as a studio. This made life so much easier to paint as I now had the time, the place and the motivation. I also made lots of new friends at these groups who gave me help and encouragement. I continue to attend courses and workshops from local professional artists who have given me lots of help, advice and introductions to new media and skills. I have now started painting with acrylics, inks and mixed media which give such vibrant colours and freedom of expression.

In 2011, I went on an Art Safari to Malawi and Zambia. What a fantastic experience to actually paint in the wild. I’m now the proud owner of a fabulous sketchbook, and even now I have plenty of material for future paintings. I’m also lucky enough to have travelled quite widely, to exciting places such as Australia, Africa, Texas, India, Italy and Russia. So I have plenty more material just waiting for my brushes.

However, I’m constantly searching for new subjects and I take my sketch books and camera whilst out and about. Usually, when I hit on a subject that I find interesting, I will paint numerous paintings of that subject, all the time experimenting, trying different approaches and media before I eventually settle on the final painting.

In my studio I have a great view of our garden and the birds who visit. So I let my mind wander, loose track of time, with my brushes, paint, paper, pastels, inks – and transport myself back to those travels or scenes.

I get a great thrill from painting and I always try to bring what I see and remember into an exciting picture for others to enjoy.

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