Friday  9th Feb

Graham Lowe  Expressive Still Life in acrylics


Graham gave an interesting demonstration of still life in acrylics producing this painting in less than 2 hours. We were taken through each stage with advice on how to approach the subject.




With the old year well and truly behind us we can look forward to a new season of challenges and wonderful demonstrations.  More details of these are published elsewhere within this site and I do hope all members and, hopefully, new members will find something to whet their artistic appetite for the coming months.


Members will note from the programme that we will no longer be holding our fortnightly club nights at Torrisholme as well as our demonstrations.  This is because of the poor attendance last season and a decision was made to encourage members to attend our weekly sessions at Bolton-le-Sands Old Grammar School.  We have the splendid hall there all day with our Portrait Group in the morning and painting and drawing groups in the afternoon.


Take you pick of either and join in the fun and please try and get along to our demonstrations.  We have a great mixture of artists all ready to show off their skills and we want as many of you as possible to show your support.  We would also like you to encourage friends and others to come long ad hopefully join the society.


May I wish you all a very happy and peaceful artistic new year.


Peter Lovett-Horn


Friday 13th October 2017


Peter Threlfall  gave an interesting demonstration of a Lancaster cityscape using watercolour.


Autumn programme update

There are a couple of changes to the autumn programme

13th October now be with Peter Threlfall who will now demonstrate a watercolour city scape


Our thanks to Christina who has arranged a wonderful variety of entertaining artists for us all to look forward to and I hope you will all make every effort to get along to Torrisholme to enjoy what is on offer.


Our popular portrait and oils groups also get underway on Thursday 26th January and if you are interested in either or both, then just turn up at the Old Grammar School, Bolton-le-Sands and meet up with your society pals. The portrait group meets in the morning (10am start) and the oils group take over in the afternoon.


Please remember that this is a time when we should all be ensuring that our membership dues are paid and perhaps we can all look to others who might wish to join our society as well.  The more the merrier. I will also let you knw soon the date for our annual meeting and I do remind you that we need a volunteer to act as treasurer – the society cannot exist without one.  If interested let me know.


Peter Lovett-Horn


Monday 7th November

Our annual Art exhibition which this year is being staged at The Storey Gallery Lancaster opened officially on Friday evening by the Mayor, Councillor Robert Redfearn.

The Exhibition is open each day until  Saturday the 26th November from 10.00 am until 4.00pm excluding sundays.

Most paintings are for sale and admission is free.

October 30th

Members note

Our annual Art Exhibition paintings for the exhibition to be delivered to

The Storey Gallery on Tuesday 1st November between 9.00 and 12.00

Our autumn  programme 2016 commences September 23rd see the diary link for full details. The highlight of the Autumn programme will be our annual exhibition which this year will be held at the newly refurbished Storey Gallery in Lancaster. The exhibition will be open to the public from the 7th until 26th of November.


January 29 th  2016 

Friday the 29th of January marks the start of our spring 2016 programme.

Peter Threlfall gave a very  entertaining demonstration of watercolour painting. Starting the session by speaking about his choice of  papers and media.

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Friday October  2 nd  2015

Graham Twyford  gave a demonstration on painting with acrylics, his subject was a cascade.


Art Exhibition 2015

Members interested in submitting  entries in this years Exhibition in Lancaster are asked to download the entry form from our Newsletter page and return it to Jenni Thornley by Friday the 11th September.

Jenni’s address is available by emailing me  from our ‘about us’ page.

Bill McAleer


Notice to L A D A S members

Studio Arts have informed me that as from 6th May, members will be entitled to  25% off artist watercolour, kolinsky sables and watercolour mediums.

Friday Ist May

Val hall gave an interesting demonstration of a Sea seascape in oils based on a scene from a holiday in Greece with her late brother.

17th April

Jeremy Ford

Flowers in water colour.

Jeremy uses a palette based on six colours from the colour circle
Blue masking was prepared earlier, he then lays down water using a large flat brush


Jeremy gave a delightful demonstration on a bright spring evening, producing a watercolour painting of poppies in less than 2 hours. He first discussed his preferred choices of papers and paints and offered hints on masking and his choice of pallet. He then gave step by step commentary as he worked through the piece.


April 2nd – Trip to The Whitworth Gallery


 Pictures by Jill Grindey who also organised the trip

Watercolour paintings


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Curator Dave Brind conducted a tour for our group, here he explains the meaning behind the War room.

Whitworth trip was a joy

More than £15 million has been spent on restoring and renovating the Whitworth and after a visit to the Manchester University based gallery I can say it has been money well spent.

The tired old building has not only been restored but it has been modernised as well, making the wonderful gallery a welcoming host for anybody interested in art.  Certainly a coach load of society members enjoyed their visit to the Whitworth to marvel at the collection, to gawp at the new extensions and to enjoy each other’s company on a memorable journey.

When the then Whitworth Institute and Park was first established some 126 years ago, the aim was to provide somewhere for ‘perpetual gratification of the people of Manchester’.  That aim has never really changed, but these days it is not only the good people of that city who enjoy all that the Whitworth has to offer.

Certainly I and all the other members of the society enjoyed meandering around the various galleries within the building. Tucked away on various walls were paintings by the likes of Turner, Van Gogh, Millais, Picasso, Sutherland, Blake and Sutherland. A good search will reveal a delightful Lowry as well as plenty of opportunities to research the history of other works.

 The current main feature is the work of Cornelia Parker and if you are planning a visit it is well worth getting hold of a copy of the exhibition guide written by the artist herself.  Her work is thought provoking; perhaps at times difficult to understand but nevertheless it impacts upon the viewer.

The same could be said for some of the works in the portrait gallery, whilst in the mezzanine gallery a couple of Bridget Riley’s stunning works were, for me, a highlight of the visit.   There is little doubt that our journey to the Whitworth was appreciated by all if the talk on the return trip is anything to go by.

27th March

Nigel Overton

Nigel gave an excellent demonstration of landscapes in acrylics. He started by giving tips on the preparation of a canvas or board. Working quickly, he produced a Yorkshire landscape, whilst describing his thinking at each stage.



13th March

Robert Dutton on pastels.

Robert gave a demonstration in which he first discussed his choice of papers in order to produce the best results. He then followed this up by giving a lively demonstration in which he produced a landscape painting in pastels.

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13th March

6th March

DVD – Pushing the boundaries of watercolour with Chris Forsey R.I.

Members watched a DVD in which Chris Forsey demonstrates the use of various media and techniques that can be used in watercolour paintings to create interesting effects. He uses oil, pastels and acrylic inks. The remainder of the evening was spent trying out these techniques.


27th February


Frances Winder gave a practical lesson in the use of oil pastels to produce interesting effects with Gouache.

20th February

DVD  –  “Pushing the boundaries of Watercolour” by Chris Forsey

An interesting study in Watercolour techniques using  a combination of acrylics, watercolour, inks and pastels.

13th February

Graham Lowe gave an excellent display of still life in acrylics. 


 Friday 30th January

Lou Morton gave a demonstration of Watercolour on acrylic, choosing the Lancaster skyline as his subject.



What a good year!

The past year had been a very successful one for the society, said our secretary Colin Pickering at the annual meeting held in Bolton-le-Sands in December.  Reflecting on the previous 12 months, he said members had enjoyed a varied and exciting programme of events and the year had culminated in the popular exhibition at Lancaster Museum.

Chairman Peter Lovett-Horn said much of the success had been down to the good work of the many volunteers and to committee members like Christina Gannon who had worked so hard to organise the excellent group of demonstrators. He hoped that more people could be recruited to enjoy the club evenings.

Treasurer, Jenni Thornley’s report revealed that the society’s finances were in good shape and she proposed that the membership fee remained the same at £25 for the coming year.

Peter, Colin and Jenni were all re-elected as was lecturer secretary, Christina Gannon.  Jill Grindey was elected vice-chairman and new member Bill McAleer agreed to be website supervisor, assisted by the chairman.

David Brookbanks and Norman Shadwell were re-elected to the committee and Kathy McAdam was elected as a new committee member.

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Art at the 19th

Art at the 19th

Exhibition Morecambe Golf Club

Society members, Norman Shadwell, Roger Salmon and Stuart McDade are also golfers and they got a chance to showcase their artistic talent with a small exhibition at Morecambe Golf Club. They came together for this special event to help raise funds for St John’s Hospice.

Norman has had a life-long interest in art, but began studying painting in 1979 with Ray Schofield at evening classes at Morecambe College and then later with Chris Stephens at White Cross. At first he concentrated on watercolours – still his favourite medium – but later began using oils with Martin Greenland’s guidance at Lancaster and District Art Society.  More recently e has added acrylics to his portfolio.

Norman used to race dinghies and his love of boats and coastal areas is reflected in many of his paintings.  Both Lancaster City and Maritime Museums have Norman’s paintings in their permanent collections.

Roger, a semi-retired vet, has been an artist for more than 20 years and like Norman he started out as a water colourist.  These days he concentrates on oils, a medium he feels can help him be more expressive.  He also studies under Martin Greenland.

Roger’s paintings and style vary from the realistic to the impressionistic, helping create varying feelings of peace and tranquillity or fear and trepidation. Many of his works have been inspired by the countryside around the Lake District and Morecambe Bay.

Stuart McDade is a Lancastrian born and bred and this is reflected in his paintings in which he has tried to capture the beauty surrounding Lancaster and Morecambe.  It was whilst working for the Department of the Environment in Manchester that Stuart first developed a love of art, studying at evening classes.

He continued those studies locally again under the influence of Ray Schofield and these days oil paints have taken over from acrylics and water colours and landscapes and buildings are his special interest.

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Mayoral send off for our exhibition

the Mayor with council leader Councillor Eileen Blamire
and Gil Shaw

Lancaster’s Mayor Councillor June Ashworth was full of praise for our exhibition which she formally opened at Lancaster Museum.

Councillor June Ashworth also revealed to me that she was a painter herself, enjoyed art, particularly visiting galleries and exhibitions like ours.  I seized the opportunity and invited her to one of our club evenings and she promised she would visit.

During her tour of the exhibition, Councillor Ashworth was impressed not only by the quality of the work on display but also the variety.  “You must all be very pleased with the results”, she said.

With 80 works on display, the exhibition is a little smaller than originally planned, largely because we gave up half of our allotted space to allow the council and the County Council to stage the eagerly waited Silverdale Hoard exhibition.  That exhibition has drawn record crowds and according to museum staff those crowds have also visited our show which is a bonus.

Along with our secretary, Colin Pickering, I am now in talks with the museum and the council about future exhibitions.  I am awaiting confirmation of the dates, but we will certainly be at the museum next year.  This is good news because it is without doubt our favourite destination for our annual show.

Peter Lovett-Horn

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