Forthcoming Events

October 18th 2018

Kaye Parmenter –  Demonstration

Kaye is a British artist living in Somerset. She is a professional member of the SAA. She works with all mediums but is probably best known for her watercolours. Kaye’s style of painting is spontaneous and has an ethereal quality and she aims to capture life, energy and atmosphere in her work by use of light, colour and energetic brush strokes.

January 10th 2019

Claire Western – Demonstration

Claire’s paintings represent deep emotional responses to the land and seascapes of the south west of England, her home since childhood. Claire works from rapid drawings made in the field and then develops her subject back in the studio by exploiting all the expressionist possibilities of unusual combinations of surface and pigment.

Claire has spent her life painting and teaching art through involvement in teaching, constantly experimenting with a wide range of materials and techniques.


Annual Bristol trip

It has been agreed by the majority of the membership (by raised hands) that due to the poor standard of last year’s exhibition at the Royal West of England Bristol art exhibition  we shall not bother to arrange a visit this term. However Duncan would welcome suggestions from members as to alternative  worthwhile visits.

11th April 2019

Linda Hampson – Botanical Art Tutor – Demonstration

Examples of my work, botanical and natural history, can be found in many private collections around the world. I also have botanical work hanging in the Visitors Centre of the Durban Botanic Gardens.

I relocated to England in 2011, joined SWSBA and by 2013, was elected to full membership of the  Society of Botanical Artists. Received the Derwent award for outstanding work in the coloured pencil medium.’Although botanical work is covered, I also tutor all aspects of natural history illustration – birds and animals. The versatility of the coloured pencil medium is comprehensively covered and it’s inclusion into mixed media artworks is explored.

I give regular lessons in Sidmouth on Fridays as well as monthly lessons in Lyme Regis and through The Old Kennels , Dunkeswell.

Further details and information is on my website –



10th January 2019 New term begins

31st January 2019

The replacement table legs have been ordered and will be delivered to the Blake Hall between 08.30 and noon on the above date. They will await the person assigned to carry out the neccessary repairs. Done we now await replacement guys.

Kay Parmenter  – members thoughts

“We enjoyed the structured, clear and confident presetation. Inroduced me to the use of Gesso and techniques which are other painting mediums.”

“Has encouraged me to rethink using/including Acrylics rather than just using watercolours.”

“Her presentation was inspiring – I learned a lot.”

“I loved her and her presentation. I learned a great deal.”

“I felt that the last covering of the white paint was unneccessary.”

“Yes we would like her to come again, perhaps to present something else. eg. drawing.”

11 April 2019

Linda Hampson  Examples of her work, botanical and natural history, can be found in many private collections around the world. In 2010 her work was accepted by the New York State Museum, to be exhibited at the Focus on Nature exhibition. Some of her work can be found at the Museum.

Linda will use the demonstration to show the use of Pastel/Colour pencils with mixed media. there may be an opportunity for some participation, also information you have requested.


Admin personnel

Group leader Duncan Rigby. telephone 01460 52311. email

Assistant group leader – Sue Budden telephone 01460 241389

Secretary  Jan Stanton. telephone 01460 241077  email

Treasurer Derek Schroder telephone 01460 249282 email

Membership Secretary Christopher Carter telephone 01935 864343 email

Website editor John Volrath telephone 01935 428671 email