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2017 Members Weekend at Nature in Art

The Wildlife Art Society International Members 25th Anniversary Members Weekend and AGM on the 7th and 8th of October was well attended by over 30 members. Having organised the weekend I was looking forward to sitting back and enjoying the company of many like minds. I was not disappointed. On the Saturday a very enjoyable day was spent relaxing (?) with everyone hard at work on the the workshops and with some really good results!!! Thank you to Jamie Boots, Jackie Cox and Marion Kardasz our tutors.

The Sunday turned out to be a beautiful sunny day at Nature in Art and we spent it all indoors!!!! (one or two did slouch around on the benches in the garden for 10 minutes or so now and again including me and paid Martin Rumary a visit in the NIA artists studio). But what a perfect way to spend a Sunday with our guest artist the renowned water colourist Hazel Soan . What a treat. Hazel gave us a brilliant talk about painting wildlife in Africa, a small but important part of her painting life, and then a great critique partnered by our own equally eloquent Chairwoman Sarais Crawshaw. Everyone was really taken with Hazel's enthusiasm for her chosen medium and we are are all in awe of her artistic talent. Thank you so much Hazel.

A big thanks to Nature in Art and Jenny in the NIA cafe for allowing us to invade Wallsworth Hall over the weekend.

Valerie Briggs


Members Weekend 2017 Montage


2017 AGM at the Nature In Art
2017 AGM at the Nature In Art
2017 AGM at Nature in Art
2017 AGM at Nature in Art
2017 AGM at Nature in Art
This weekend event is open to members only for more information or to join the society please contact the membership secretary Valerie Briggs via email link to Valerie on the TWASI website Contact Page.


Hanbury Hall Twasi Exhibition 2017

Hanbury Hall Exhibition 2017 Hanbury Hall Exhibition 2017 Hanbury Hall Exhibition 2017


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A Brush with Nature at the Dudley Museum and Art Gallery

Hi to all,

The TWASI exhibition at Dudley Museum and Art Gallery is now up and running. A big thank you to all the members who have supported this event. 33 artists have exhibited around 120 paintings. It runs from 24th September until the 19th of November. I have attached a few images that Adrian Durkin at the gallery has sent to me. The Council printed a DL leaflet advertising the show. I've sent 3000 of these into the area, zoos, tourist info offices, local members, hotels, press and TV so let's hope this boosts the footfall. Get along to see it if you can. We're hoping to arrange a demo day on one of the Saturdays as a TWASI social on November 12th.
If you are interested in joining in on that day please contact me (e-mail contact for John please)

John Horton
TWASI Exhibition coordinator


A Brush with Nature Dudley Museum and Art GalleryA Brush with Nature Dudley Museum and Art GalleryA Brush with Nature Dudley Museum and Art Gallery

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The 2016 Members Weekend and AGM at Nature in Art

Another great weekend was organised for you at the wonderful venue of Nature in Art, Wallsworth Hall, Twigworth in Gloucestershire by the TWASI council on October 1st and 2nd 2017. With plenty of good company and enjoyable food, TWASI members from far and wide, new and old had the use of the whole of the education block and the perfectly peaceful ambience of the wonderful museum and art gallery and garden that is Nature in Art. We cannot thank Simon and all the staff at Nature in Art for their warm welcome and thoughtfulness over the weekend.

The AGM went very well and our new Chairwoman Sarais Crawshaw and council member Tracy Ann Sitch were voted into office. It was of relatively short in duration which meant members could visit the amazing British Wildlife Photography Awards exhibition before a welcome glass of wine followed by an excellent fish and chip supper complete with bread and butter for us ‘chip butty’ connoisseurs. Enough from me let member Jan Watts and new members Pat Kitching and Chris Walker tell you all about it;

wasi Nature in Art AGM October 2016"Having recently joined TWASI, I was very much looking forward to this event at Nature in Art, one of my favourite places.
I enrolled in Gregory Wellman’s workshop, “Big and Bold”, on the first day, a theme well outside my comfort zone. We were asked to bring large brushes (including DIY type!), large canvasses / boards, etc., and acrylic paints. wasi Nature in Art AGM October 2016

After Gregory’s demonstration and comprehensive description (very entertaining!) of his approach in achieving loose, bold work, we chose our preferred reference material, provided by Gregory, with some members using their own photographs. The day was hugely enjoyed by everyone and the results were spectacular. Although challenging, I certainly surprised myself, having never attempted this approach before.

wasi Nature in Art AGM October 2016The Society’s AGM took place that evening, followed by a fish and chip supper provided by the splendid Nature in Art staff. The next morning we joined Trevor Smith for a talk / illustration about keeping a sketchbook, particularly field studies, explaining in detail the anatomy of birds. It was a treat to be able to look at his sketchbooks, all of which were full to the last page! Members later passed around their own sketchbooks (always a treat), following which we spent a sunny hour sketching in the lovely grounds of Wallsworth Hall.wasi Nature in Art AGM October 2016

Members had been asked to bring along two paintings, finished or unfinished, for inclusion in a critique to take place in the atrium, after lunch, by Trevor and Guest Artist, Jackie Garner. It was so interesting to listen to the comments and I’m sure we all gained some useful tips and encouragement for future work.

A memorable weekend, due in no small part to the hard work of the TWASI Committee and the hospitality provided by Nature in Art.
Thank you" -

“This weekend provided members with the opportunity to try new techniques and learn from one another’s’ experiences.
There were two workshops on the Saturday both very challengwasi Nature in Art AGM October 2016ing and very different from one another. Gregory Wellman went “Big and Bold” working with acrylics and big brushes. The results were amazing: rhinos, elephants and the face of a beautiful big cat. The colours people used were dramatic and vibrant making the pictures worthy of admiration. Next door Kirsten Hill-Nixon taught the group how to create lovely 3D sculptures using wire armatures and wool. By the end of the day the group had created a range of birds in various colours and sizes much admired by other members. Many of the participants, however, went home with punctured fingers after having used the felt needles for 6 hours!
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On Sunday morning Trevor Smith explained in detail the skeletal constructions of birds and animals. Who would have thought that a bird’s ankle was situated half way up its leg! His sketch books were stunning and gave us all the enthusiasm to sketch wild life in their natural habitats. The group were also given the opportunity to pass around their own sketch books.
In the afternoon Trevor and Jackie Garner conducted a critique of members’ work which had been displayed in the atrium during the two days. Comments were both constructive and encouraging. The enjoyable weekend was brought to a close with yummy cakes and tea in the restaurant". - Chris

“Kirsten Hill-Nixon taught Needle felted birds whilst Gregory Wellman persuaded us to be “big and bold” with acrylics-out of our comfort zone for some of us (me!) Both classes produced excellent work, interrupted by coffee, lunch, tea and cake during the day! On Sunday, Trevor Smith showed us invaluable sketches of birds and mammals, including their bone structure- very important in getting their correct shape. Members passed around their sketch books, very interesting how differently people record their outings.
After lunch, Jackie Garner and Trevor critiqued our work, constructively, with members joining in with comments. The day ended with tea and cake -again!
Thanks to all concerned for a splendid week end, hoping to meet up again at various events.” -
Jan Watts

We now look forward to our 25th Anniversary Year in 2017 and will welcome ideas of how to celebrate it from our membership other than the Annual Exhibition. The workshop tutors at the members weekend at Nature in Art have already been booked, Jamie Boots (Drawing) and Marion Kardasz (Silk Painting) and we are looking to book up a someone very special to spend the Sunday with us and to give us an illustrated talk and critique. So keep your eyes open for the booking forms.

Council member Valerie Briggs

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Exhibiton 2016 Report

Twasi Exhibition Report 2016


Hi everyone just a quick line to say thank you to those members who donated original paintings, prints and signed books as the raffle prizes for the daily raffle at the annual exhibition this year. It has created a great deal of interest and raised £650 for the British Divers Marine Life Rescue.
We still have the donation to be made from sales during the exhibition to give them.

Many thanks
The TWASI council


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