November 2013 - A fabulous time was had by all at the Bafa 2013 'Contrasts' Exhibition & Art Sale
- Wonderful Artwork, a wide variety of Fantastic Live Music and tasty coffee! We hope that you enjoyed it too if you were able to come!
Voted for at the Preview Evening and over the weekend by our 1000+ visitors! Thank you for voting if you were one of them.
Best Interpretation of the 'Contrasts' Theme
Winner - 'Sunshine & Shadows' by Dilys Benjafield
Highly Commended - 'The Bag Ladies' by Dinah Longland
Best in Show
Winner - 'Life of Brian' by Zoe Day
Highly Commended - 'Low Tide at Mevagissey' by Alan Chown
The following were voted for at the Preview Evening on Friday
Best Novice entry
Winner - 'After the Storm' by Colin Price
Highly Commended - 'Light Dance' by Stella Bell
Best Intermediate entry
Winner - 'Sunshine & Shadows' by Dilys Benjafield
Highly Commended - 'Black Dog, White Snow' by Pip Hitchin
Best Experienced entry
Winner - 'Low Tide at Mevagissey' by Alan Chown
Highly Commended - 'Life of Brian' by Zoe Day
November 2013 - Exhibition forms are in and we are now in full swing of getting everything ready -make sure your artwork is ready, we look forward to seeing it next week! (Have you seen MK18 this month?)
October 2013 - Bafa Member Carol Bagni will be interviewed on BBC Radio Three Counties on Monday 14th October, at 2.15pm. They will be discussing how Carol took up iPad Painting, after having to give up Oils, due to poisoning!
October 2013 - The Bafa Art Trail has just been updated around town. There is a new exhibition upstairs at the Dragon Gallery by Sylvia Davidson, do go in and have a look if you get the chance. The Dragon Gallery is a great location for solo exhibitions and we are thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to all of our members! The Woolpack Dining Room exhibition, has also had a new batch of wonderful work hung for the season!
October 2013 - Chinese Brush Painting, Paul Maslowski
Although billed as Chinese brush painting our speaker Paul Maslowski immersed us in Chinese culture for 2 hours.
Paul, a Painter, poet and Thai Chi instructor, came dressed for the part. Taking us through the 4 treasures (Ink, brush, paper and stone) and various paraphernalia required to the 8 strokes used to create any painting. These 8 strokes can be demonstrated easily but take a lifetime to master. He showed us how ink is traditionally made by rubbing the ink stick (costing a mere £1000) onto the ink stone with a drop of water. He then painted his name in Chinese characters and then created a painting of Bamboo with a bird.
Paul explained how Chinese art begins with the mastery of calligraphy before taking on more illustrative characteristics. Concluding his talk with a slide show presentation illustrating how Chinese Art has evolved over the last 8000 years.
The second half was a chance to get our hands dirty. It quickly became evident why the technique took so long to master as our artistic skills were tested to the full. From holding the brush in an unaccustomed fashion to regulating the thickness of ink and producing marks of any quality. Another example of how apparently simple things are often the most complex to achieve.
In short a perfect method for those who like control, method and meditation in their artistic practice.
Written by Cathy Read, Photos by Peter Baker
September 2013 - Wonders of Wire, Lindsay Waring
Report to follow...
Photos by Emily Pool
July 2013 - Drawing with a Needle, Thelma Robinson
A wrapt audience of thirty Bafa members were drawn together with the threads of Thelma’s narrative. The overhead projection worked like a dream and we could all see and hear clearly and were encouraged to ‘approach the bench’ in the second half for a detailed demonstration. Very professional. A member of the Core group, Thelma has regularly exhibited her work at Buckingham’s Chantry Chapel during the two weeks of the Bucks Open Studios.
Free needling is setting up your sewing machine so that the foot does not engage the bottom teeth thingies that constrain the fabric to move in a straight line. Set that to zero so that the cloth is not automatically pulled forward and move the fabric yourself, drawing or tracing a picture or design, rotating the fabric where appropriate and off you go.
Thelma shared various wrinkles (geddit?): using metallic threads, sewing onto sweet wrappers, metallic foils, plastic, sheer fabric and explained how to use a dissolvable support material. The subject matter was crows, grasses, seed heads, the sea, trees and branches. These seemed to suit the medium well. Later Thelma showed us work from other free needlers one of which was 1.5 x 3 metres and the subject matter here was more figurative and narrative.
Everyone who attended had a good time. The coffee was good and hot and the raffle raised valuable funds for the group. Links to recommended products can be found on the event page (click on Photos link)
Thanks, Thelma, keep on needling.
Written by John Credland, Photos by Emily Pool
June 2013 - Well done to our Bucks Open Studio Artists, we hope that you had fun as well as many lovely visitors...!
June 2013 - Mannequin Sculpture, Len Gifford
A great evening finding out about the involved artistic processes that are involved for the creation of shop mannequins, that you see whenever you pass through a High Street! We were shown a short DVD from the 2011 Bucks Open Studios where Len created a life size mannequin of a gymnast in just 2 weeks, when it would normally be a 6 week process from start to finish. Len had brought with him a full size mannequin as well as some of his head sculptures showing the range of models he has worked with through his 30 year career after he initially worked as a scructural engineer for many years designing bridges and much of Milton Keynes - quite a job change!
Written by Emily Pool, Photos by Peter Baker
June 2013 - Unforseen circumstances means that none of the committee will be able to be at the Bafa Art Cafe on Thursday 6th June. The Woolpack will still be pleased to see you, if you still wish to come along!
Next Month we will be discussing the successes of this year's Bucks Open Studios. Do come along to share your thoughts, comments and recommendations for next year!
May 2013 - What a wonderful Exhibition! The Preview was packed and there was a steady stream of visitors throughout the weekend, it helped that the weather stayed on the positive side... Well done to those members who on exhibiting for the first time were pleased to walk off with a cheque instead of their artwork!
Thank you to everyone who donated £10 in exchange for one of the great Mystery Paintings, our fundraiser in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. The quality of the artwork was magnificent, we could have sold many of them more than once! Including Gift Aid, we managed to raise nearly £500!!! This was boosted by Stuart McMahon of Frame Art Display's generous donation of making the frames at cost price, which added an extra £2 to the funds for each frame ordered.
If you forgot to collect the Mystery Painting that you chose, then they will be available to collect at the June Meeting.
Written by Emily Pool, Photos by Emily Pool
May 2013 - The Bafa Spring Exhibition gets underway tomorrow with our Preview at 7.30pm, but if you are exhibiting, don't forget to drop off your paintings in the morning!
May 2013 - Paper Sculpture, Graham Lester
Bafa members were treated to a talk and demonstration on paper sculpture by sculptor Graham Lester. Graham works in wood and stone but has recently focused more on using paper as a decorative art form. His work includes free standing pieces and pieces for wall hanging. He exhibits and demonstrates at many venues where his attention to detail and intricate work is a pleasure to see.
Graham sculpts beautiful free standing shoes out of papers of various weights and it was the creation of one of these 'killer heels' that he chose to demonstrate to us. He showed us how he traces each shape on to the appropriate paper using tracedown (a sort of carbon paper) and carefully cuts out each shape with a sharp scalpel. He then bends each piece to precisely the right curve by wrapping it round a rod. He showed us how to form the beautifully curved sole, create the heel and form the upper. He glued the pieces together to create the 3D piece. After coffee break several members had a go at making a decorative fan and flower to embellish a plain shoe. Using Grahams' templates they traced then cut out a spiral piece to form a rose like flower and cut, scored and folded a piece to make a fan shape. This certainly gave an insight into the care and precision needed to achieve a good result!
Graham had brought with him a good selection of his work which was much admired. Using paper in a 3D way may well be something that some members will choose to incorporate in their future work having been inspired by Grahams wonderful creations.
Written by Dilys Benjafield, Photos by Emily Pool
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Thurs 5th December - Bafa Art Cafe, @ the Woolpack 11am.
Tues 10 December - Christmas Party
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Thurs 2nd January - Bafa Art Café, @ the Woolpack 11am.
Tues 14 January—Stuart McMahon,
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With 30 years experience in framing, Stuart runs his studio in Tingewick as well as being a tutor at the Framers Equipment Training School in Northampton. During his talk he will demonstrate presentation techniques to show your art at its best. He will also advise you on the 5 levels of framing from Basic to Museum standard, choice of materials and money saving tips. Contact Stuart at Frame art Display 01280 847444 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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