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OVAS Newsletter Late-June 2020

25th June 2020

Good Afternoon Members ,

 On this the hottest day of the summer so far! I hope you are managing to stay cool and still produce some art work .


The Committee and I have sadly had to make the decision, in view of the continuing uncertainty with the virus, to cancel our usual annual OVAS exhibition at the Institute in August, but never fear, we have come up with a radical solution!


We will be holding an open online exhibition for the whole of August from 1st August to 31st August. You will be able to enter up to 6 pieces of work , framed or unframed, a good quality photo of each to be sent to Chris Poole ( email :


Here are the details ( which are also on the website if you need a reminder)

·       The dates for entry are from 20th July to the end of 28th July.

·       The photos  should be sent with the following information  clearly laid out as follows :
 -     The  title and Artist’s name

-          Medium including surface

-          Size (in cms please)

-          The price if selling or NFS if not .

·       You also need to state if the work is framed /unframed and include the frame in your photo.

·       There will be no charge for entry to the exhibition and OVAS will not collect any commission. The sales of any work will be a contract between the artist and purchaser. Chris Poole will send the interested buyer’s email to the artist and we ask that they  arrange the details themselves. Do remember that you will need to need to think about P&P on any prospective sales as an extra cost.

·       Please remember that your entries , as usual, should be original work in whatever medium, completed in the last year , and not exhibited before. The exceptions to this are that work you have entered in our lockdown competitions will be allowed.


 I would like to tell you that the Georgian House , in Ottery, South West Arts, in Sidmouth, and the Framewharehouse in Exeter, are all open to  take framing orders now.


We are delighted to say that local artist Nick Watton has agreed to be our judge for the exhibition and he will be judging the work on Wednesday 5th August. He will award first, second and third places, and 3 commended. The overall winner will receive a prize of free membership to the Society for the next year.


 On Thursday 6th August  from 7.30 - 8.30 we will be holding a Zoom mid exhibition social at which you are all invited to raise your glasses and nibbles (at home of course!), and join in while Nick announces the winners and says a few words on each one.


 Phew, I hope you can take all that information in ! If you have any questions please contact one of the Committee members who will help you out.


Last night we had our second Zoom online demo with Hannah Twine which was very enjoyable  and I would like to remind you that our next one will be with International artist Chris Forsey, on 8th July at 7.30, about which you will have received info from Fiona Gale.  The invite will be sent closer to the date  so please watch out for this  . If you have any problems with this or Zoom please contact Fiona who will be only too pleased to help you.


There will be no online competition in July as we will be preparing for the exhibition in August. I hope you will take advantage of all that your Committee is providing for you, even though it might look a bit different to usual.


With best wishes,


Penny Lamb

OVAS Newsletter Early-June 2020

OVAS Newsletter

4th June 2020

Dear Members ,

Welcome to the second lockdown newsletter. Despite the fact that we  have all been social distancing , your Committee has been busy arranging events for the Society for the coming summer months.


Thank you to those of you who sent photos of your paintings into our online May competition, and for voting for your favourites. We also had a good response from the public through newspapers etc. Congratulations go to Fiona Gale for her winning seascape painting. I am pleased to report that we are running another competition in June, so please send your entries to Chris Poole by 8th- 26th June. Voting will take place by 3/07/20, and the winner will be announced by 6/07/20, so please keep looking at the website for details. Please remember that this competition is primarily for work you have been doing during lockdown to encourage everyone to keep going!


I am very pleased to tell you that the first of our online Zoom art demos (with Phil Creek) , was a great success and was attended by 33 of us. We enjoyed watching him painting a fishing boat scene at Beer.


The next Zoom meeting will be on Wednesday 24/06/20 at 7.00pm  with artist Hannah Twine who will be demonstrating animal and human portraits.
 If you would like to join in with her to sketch along at points, she suggests it may be useful to have the following to hand :

> HB or 2B pencil

> Paper stump or cotton bud

> Tombow monozero eraser (small propelling rubber)

> Cartridge paper

> Hannah will also be explaining how she mixes flesh colours in oils for human portraits.

 Fiona Gale will issue an invitation to you to join the evening a week beforehand , so please look out for an email with the link.


As you will be aware , we are not sure yet when we will be able to meet as a society as we normally do, so the Committee has taken the sad decision to cancel the meetings up to the Autumn for the moment. We have also regrettably cancelled the August annual exhibition at the Institute, but we are hoping to run an online exhibition during that month instead . Members will probably be able to submit at least two pieces of work , not previously exhibited (except at the monthly competitions). Further details regarding sales of work, payment and transport of work to buyers,etc,  will be sent out to you after we have ironed out the creases at our next committee meeting on 19/06/20.


 Unfortunately another casualty of the virus is that there will be no Sidbury Allotment painting day this summer as visitors are not permitted to enter the site until further notice. Tuesday group will convene as soon as we are permitted to meet in larger groups again.

 Our thanks go to Maureen Stone for arranging our programme for 2021, always supposing we are up and running by then, so please see the website for details.


 I hope you are all staying  well and busy preparing your materials to produce work for sharing with us this summer. 


Keep painting!


Penny Lamb

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