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Colin Gilbert

It is with very great sadness we were to learn of the sudden death of our President, Colin Gilbert on 14th December 2014.

Colin has rejoiced in being the President of our art group for some years now, and as we all know, he was a well respected and well liked member of the group. He had an enormous painting talent, coupled with an astounding wealth of knowledge of all things connected with the art world, and his recall of the names and painting styles of past and present masters was amazing. We had the privilege of sharing his 90th birthday celebrations just six short months ago, and he took great pleasure in the event and in bringing his family in to share the evening. It was a night to remember, and will now be a lasting fond memory of a very special man.

Colin Gilbert at Rochdale Artists Exhibtion

It is very true to say that he will be very sadly missed by our group. May you always rest in peace Colin.

Group Exhibition at Littleborough Coach House

Rochdale Artists Exhibtion 2014

25th Oct to 23rd Nov 2014
Preview Event - Saturday 25th October
2.00 - 4.00pm

An Autumn exhibition of current work by members of Rochdale Artists.

Events September - December 2014

Sept 23rd - Bring in a painting to put up in the corridor.
Sept 30th Demo tonight by Shahida on techniques with watercolour, acrylic and inks bring in your own materials and join in. Fetch in a piece of your own work using a new technique for the appraisal on Oct 14th.

Oct 25th - Nov 23rd Exhibition at Coach House Littleborough. Open Day Sat 25th Oct

Oct 28th - Silent Auction night bring in any art products you could pass on and come and find a bargain!

Nov 4th - Colin Fielding will give a talk on the art of the Art Deco period. Prepare an art deco piece to bring to the appraisal on Dec 2nd.
Nov 11th - Colin Gilbert will give a talk on Watercolour techniques.

Nov 25th - Help prepare a Christmas decoration for the St Martins 'Decorate a Christmas Tree Competition'.

Dec 9th - Bring in your best piece of work of the year to enter the Founders plate and join in the Christmas cheer.

Events May - September 2014

May 13th Paul Brotherton will do a demo on painting a Mediterranean landscape in acrylics with a palette knife. Bring in your own Med scene for appraisal on June 3rd.

June 17th Paul Foster will do demo capturing animals in ink. Bring in your own ink work for the appraisal on July 8th.

June 24th Help us celebrate our President Colin Gilberts 90th Birthday with a drinks, nibbles and good company.

July 1st Bring in your pencils and sketch pad and we'll practice drawing each other's hands and feet.

July 22nd Paul Pigrim will demo working in pastels. Bring in your pastel work on Aug 12th for the Appraisal.

Aug 5th Workshop with pastels and indention ink work.

Outdoor Art - 10 March

Due to the cold weather we visited Oldham Art Gallery last month. By popular demand, we have decided that we repeat our trip, so once again we will meet at the gallery at 1.00pm.

There is a pay and display car park near the gallery and limited parking on Sainsbury's car park. For the more adventurous, the tram goes past the gallery - alight at Oldham Central (Sainbury's).

Gay Wilsher's Talk - Change in Events

Unfortunately Gay has had to postpone her talk on 11th February.
This will now take place Tuesday 11th March.

"Throw Away Your Paint Brushes!"

Please bring anything that will make marks - palette knives, rollers, twigs, defunct credit cards, a water pot and any acrylic inks if you have. A selection of inks and paper will be available.
Some old card to work on would be useful to protect our table tops.

Newsletter 90 - January 2014


Jan 14th Bring in a still life object to sketch or paint.

Jan 28th Workshop on charcoal portraits bring in paper and charcoal for a speed sketch evening.
Complete your best charcoal portrait abd bring it to the appraisal on Feb 4th.

Feb 11th Gay Wilsher will talk about her current work and love of painting. She will give us something to inspire us for an appraisal on Mar 11th.

Mar 4th Our AGM come and listen to your committee members and help steer the group into 2014.

Mar 25th Bring in what you need to produce an abstract in an hour and half, we'll appraise the abstracts before the end of the evening.

Apr 8th Walter Kershaw will discuss his inspirations for one of his large paintings.
We will have an appraisal for our own work on his topic Apr 22nd.

Also our next Quarterly Theme: 'Plant Life in any medium'.

Exhibitions Secretary

For personal reasons, Beryl has had to resign as Exhibitions Secretary, so our group requires a replacement.

If anyone is interested in the role, please contact either David or Veronica before the AGM on 4th March.

In the event of nobody volunteering for the post by the time of the AGM, we will be asking for a volunteer to organise and chair a sub-committee to take over the duties.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Beryl for the invaluable work she did as Exhibitions Secretary, along with those volunteers who took over the reins when she was unable to carry on.

Man of the Year - John Whyman

Congratulations to our longstanding member John Whyman, who has been voted 2013 Rochdale Man of the Year for bringing art into hospices and care homes in the Rochdale and Oldham areas.

It is also remarkable to note that John is the third member of our little group to have been named Rochdale Man of the Year. Our members who are previous winners being Jack Hammill and Colin Fielding (both life members of our group).

Well done John on a well deserved and long overdue award!

Art Exhibition at Littleborough Coach House

Rochdale Artists Exhibtion 2013

Sat 26th Oct to 23rd Nov 2013

An Autumn exhibition of current work by members of Rochdale Artists.

Newsletter 89 - September 2013


Sept 10th Stephen Slater will hold a workshop on painting outdoors. Bring in any pictures you have done recently plein air.

Sept 17th There will be a male model for the life drawing tonight.

Oct 1st Sketch or paint using Pat King's photos for inspiration.

Oct 15th Bob Doran will share with us the chemistry behind colour.

Oct 22nd Please bring in up to 3 paintings for selection to Littleborough Coach House Exhibition.

Oct 26th - Nov 23rd Littleborough Coach House exhibition dates.

Oct 29th Painting with acrylics for beginners and beyond. Be inspired to do your own acrylic painting and bring it in for appraisal on Nov 19th.

Nov 12th Colin will give a talk about watercolour techniques. Be inspired and bring in a watercolour for appraisal on Dec 3rd.

Dec 10th Bring in your best work of this year for a chance to win the coveted Founders plate. Come and enjoy the judging, Christmas food, wine and good company.

We are closed after 17th Dec until Tue 7th Jan 2014.

There may be some changes to these activities. Keep your eye on the notice board or your e-mails.

Newsletter 88 - May 2013


21ST May Bring in a photo you can enhance with art. See Karen for examples or look on :-

28TH May Bring in your paintings for the No 10 selection night. Exhib on 3rd -22nd June.

4TH June Talk by Jenny Davies

18TH June Demonstration by artist Pauline Korval see her work at Painters Online.

2ND July Talk on mixed mediums by Geoff Harrop.

23RD July Workshop on pastels bring in a photo to convert into a pastel picture.

30TH July Artist Geoff Woods will do a demo on caricatures.

20TH Aug Wildlife sketch night bring in a picture of a wild animal to sketch.

There may be some changes to these activities. Keep your eye on the notice board or your e-mails.

Annual General Meeting 2013

Thank you to all members that attended the AGM on 5th Feb. Our new committee has been voted in now until 2015. The officers can be viewed on our Contact Us page.

We would also like to congratulate David Bebbington for his award of Life Membership at the AGM. David has been involved in Rochdale Artists since it's formation and has been an important part of the group and committee for many years and we Thank him for all his dedication and hard work.

AGM 2013 - Life Membership to David Bebbington

Newsletter 87 - January 2013


Jan 8th Coach house exhibition paintings to be redistributed.
Jan 15th Bring in a piece of artwork with figures in for appraisal.

Feb 5th Annual General Meeting come and see how your art group is run.
Feb 12th George Hardy will give a talk on 'Time' in relation to art.
Feb 19th Bring in a piece of artwork that has been Inspired by a poem, film or book. The group will attempt to guess the work.

Mar 5th Workshop pyrography and charcoal work.
Mar 12th Silent Auction night. Bring in any art equipment or books you no longer need and bid on something new to you.
Mar 19th We have a new Life Model tonight.

There is an appraisal on life model work on April 2nd.
April 16th Workshop on pencil sketching bring in a subject your pencil and paper.
April 23rd Rosemary Leech will do a landscape watercolour demo. There will be an appraisal in the next newsletter.

There may be some changes to these activities.
Keep your eye on the notice board or your e-mails.

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