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Spalding Arts & Crafts Society News


This is where you can find details of the latest changes to our website -, plus news of exhibitions, events, members' news and activities and demonstration evening reports. Members - Email Katie to have your activites, achievements, art courses and painting holidays added.
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RA Summer Exhibition

Members' News Posted on Wed, May 22, 2019 09:25AM

Many congratulations to one of our members. Sue McWhinnie has had her painting “Feline Focus” accepted for the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy, London

Winning Painting

Members' News Posted on Wed, September 14, 2016 08:53PM

Beverley Healey’s painting “Pocohontas”, winner of the People’s Choice award in this year’s Centenary Exhibition, is featured on the Art Club Gallery of the October issue of Leisure Painter.

Tulip Radio Canvas artists

Members' News Posted on Tue, June 21, 2016 03:43PM

The finished canvas with close ups of the individual sections attributed to the artists who painted them

America’s 1st Black President was painted by Jon Healey

Beijing 2008, Team GB comes 4th was painted by Wyn Cocks

Beryl Cook RIP was painted by Katie Stanney
50th Spalding Flower Parade was painted by Clare Ratcliffe

Earthquake in Lincolnshire was painted by Gill Harker

Queen Elizabeth II was painted by Bev Healey

The Banking Collapse was painted by Denise Prew

The East Midlands in Bloom logo was painted by Gill Harker

Harry’s secret Afghan war role revealed was painted by Wyn Cocks

The Queen detonates a bomb at RAF Holbeach was painted by Veronica Pryke

Oliver Postgate RIP – Bagpuss was painted by Mo Teeuw

World Tulip summit held in Spalding was painted by Maggie Goodsell ….

…who also painted the titles & the Queen’s official crests

Visit to the SAA headquarters in Newark 3rd September 2015

Members' News Posted on Wed, September 09, 2015 06:13PM

the 3rd Sept a group of society members joined forces with
March, Wisbech & Murrow art societies for a visit to the SAA head
office in Newark. Contrary to what we had been told, we found it
quite easily using the map they provided and there is ample parking.
If using a SatNav remember to use the postcode they provide and not
the one on the website which is their ordering address. This may be
the reason some people got lost.

day ran from 10am – 3pm. It started with a talk by Richard about
the origins of the SAA & the benefits of being a member, either
as a club or individually. Anita then demonstrated many of the
products that were there for us to try. After that a third of the
group at a time was taken on a tour of the premises – the others
got to stay & play!! Free tea & coffee making facilities
were available with plenty of seating to sit and eat your own packed

SAA operation has come a long way since it’s humble beginnings in
1992. With over 45,000 members worldwide it is now a large and very
professional business.

Their telesales staff have regular training
sessions in the use of the art materials they sell so that they are
able to answer your questions.
They employ around 60 people and the
whole place is very efficiently computerised – from the screen that
shows what calls are being taken and how many they have had – to the
impressive stock control computer system in the warehouse. Orders are
sorted into similar sizes and the computer works out the quickest
route through the warehouse to collate the orders.

own brand paints are made in Leicester & Wales and they also have
a factory in Manchester producing paper.

impressive machine is the mount cutter – made in Manchester –
computer controlled to get the maximum number of mounts from a sheet
of board.

the tour of the warehouse we were shown their recording studio – a
veritable battery of cameras & lights.

were asked to make a short video about our group. The usual
difficulty ensued of no-one wanting to be the one to stand in front
of the camera. Eventually it was Mo Teeuw, myself & Janet Jaggs
who performed. Click on the link to view the video

was a wide range of materials to try out – lots of SAA products as
might be expected but a good range of other lines as well. There was
a range of discounted, end of line products to buy as well as being
able to buy from the catalogue. Consignments of carrier bags of
orders kept appearing.

were all presented with a goodie bag containing samples of paper, a
copy of Paint magazine and an oil bar. We were also given a £5
discount voucher against purchases over £30 on the day and the
opportunity to enter a draw for an interesting bag of art products

won by Malcolm Wardlaw of our group. Much to our disappointment we
were reminded to hand back the handy A5 clipboard !!

last item of the day was another demonstration by Anita on capturing
an image using just tones. She worked on a black ground with a hard
white pastel. We were then given paper & pastel & invited to
try for ourselves !!

good day was had by all and I would recommend any art group thinking
about a visit to get one organised. One thing to bear in mind is that
it involved a lot of stairs and they have no lift to enable disabled
or less able people to visit. We only found this out fairly late in
the booking procedure meaning that several of our group had to

to Ann Dring from our group for co-ordinating the visit, and from the
SAA – Gemma who organises these visits, Richard who told us all about
the SAA and showed us round the warehouse & Anita who
demonstrated the products – plus all the other staff we met who were
so welcoming.

selection of photos taken on the day by the SAA :-

Workshop with Mo Teeuw

Members' News Posted on Sun, March 01, 2015 09:17PM

Acrylic Workshop – Mo Teeuw – 28 February 2015
Report by Katie Stanney

An excellent workshop with Mo at the Lincolnshire Gallery. Atelier Interactive acrylics, and canvas boards were supplied. we could use our own oils if we wished. Her first demonstration was an acrylic landscape, with plenty of information on colours and techniques. Then it was our turn, when we could either copy Mo’s painting, choose from a large selection of photos or use something of our own.

After lunch Mo’s second demonstration was daffodils, painting from life, this time in oils. Again we could do the same, or choose something else.

If you haven’t yet tried a workshop I would certainly recommend one of Mo’s. She gives very good instruction whatever your level, and gives everyone individual attention, all in a very friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

This workshop took me well out of my comfort zone, but it was very enjoyable, and I would certainly do it again. I’m now looking forward to some ‘paint outs’ with Mo in summer. Keep checking here, and in the newsletter for dates.

Below – my two efforts! Need more practice now to improve! Another workshop Mo?

People’s Choice Award 2014

Members' News Posted on Mon, October 06, 2014 11:49AM

Winner of the ‘People’s Choice’ Award 2014 – Wyn Cox

Wyn Cox, winner of the People’s Choice Award at our annual exhibition for her painting ‘Just Crabbing’, receiving her prize from our Chairman Mo Teeuw at the September demonstration evening. Wyn’s painting is also featured on the Club Gallery page in the October issue of Leisure Painter. Congratulations to Wyn.

‘Just Crabbing’ by Wyn Cox, – Acrylic

Paint Out – August 20 2014

Members' News Posted on Tue, August 26, 2014 03:07PM

Paint Out with Mo – 20th August 2014

by Katie Stanney

Jane, me, Malcolm and Serena, painting the potting shed.
Bob, with an interesting view!

This was the first of Mo’s Paint Outs that I’ve managed to get to, although sadly only for part of the day, but it certainly won’t be my last. Next time I’ll make sure I can stay all day!
Mal, making a start. His finished painting can be seen on the society’s Facebook page.

Most opted to paint in Mo’s garden, which is lovely, with lots of nooks and crannies and interesting objects to paint. Most of us painted her potting shed, and as I could only stay for part of the morning I settled for a pen and ink sketch.
My pen and ink sketch of Mo’s potting shed.

For anyone nervous of painting out, or hasn’t painted for a long time, a paint out with Mo is highly recommended. It was a very relaxed, peaceful and friendly atmosphere, and Mo was happy to give help if it was wanted.
A few watercolour tips from Mo.

Strawberry Glass weekend

Members' News Posted on Tue, March 04, 2014 04:23PM

The ‘Discover Lincolnshire’ weekend and Strawberry Glass

Saturday and Sunday the 22 and 23 March 2014 have been designated
Discover Lincolnshire weekend. All sorts of Heritage sites, many of which are
not usually open to the public, will be inviting visitors. As a heritage
craft, SAACS member Gillian Wing will be open to visitors at her Studio on
Sunday 23 March, 10am to 4pm. Also on Sat 22 March Gillian will be
demonstrating at Ayscoughfee Hall in Spalding and her partner David will be
demonstrating there on the Sunday.

The Strawberry Glass Studio is at:

Unique Cottage Studios

Fulney Lane South

Spalding PE12 6FA

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