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New exhibition at Freeport
Art With a Heart are pleased to let you know that we are having another exhibition of paintings at Hornsea Freeport thanks to the generosity of Simon Tudor. This is our first exhibition of 2017 and will start on Saturday 8th April and run over the Easter holiday and up to May Day bank holiday. After that we will open each weekend until Spring Bank holiday. This year we have invited members of Hornsea Art Society to join us to help fill our new venue at unit 15 which is adjacent to the new Arts and Craft Outlet which has recently opened at Freeport. All artists taking part pay a commission on paintings sold and these monies along with funds raised from the sale of books is donated to local charities. To date we have given over £12,000 to support Hornsea Lions, Hornsea Chamber of Trade Christmas Lights appeal, Dove House hospice and we continue to sponsor the art department at Hornsea School where students compete for the Parry Cup presented to the outstanding student of the year. The exhibition needs stewarding daily and if anybody has a spare three hours either morning or afternoon and would like to help it would be much appreciated. Please contact Gareth Gaskin-Jones to put your name on the rota on 01964 536645. GGJ.

First solo exhibition of popular local artist Pam Williams
Pam Williams has her first solo exhibition in the new Seagull Gallery at Hornsea Indoor Bowls Club from Saturday 1st April to 30th April. The venue is open to all members of the public. Parking and entry are free. You can relax with tea, coffee, drinks from the bar, food or even a carvery meal on Wednesday and Sunday, while you view the pictures on display.
Pam has concentrated on watercolours since her retirement from the University of Hull in 2006. While much of her most popular work is of beach and coastal scenes of Hornsea and the East Riding, she also paints scenes from her trips abroad to Greece, Italy, America, and Australia. She usually shows about ten pictures a year in exhibitions in Beverley, Hornsea, and Hull. Last year she showed about thirty paintings in an exhibition alongside fellow artists Phil Hargreaves and Pat Thompson, at Bridlington Spa, which included the popular Artwaves weekend.
There are about twenty or so original paintings showing in the Seagull Gallery in April, most of which have been painted this year, together with prints and cards for sale.
Pam is fascinated by the medium of watercolour and the different techniques artists use to create a variety of effects. Often watercolours are the first medium beginner artists take up but anyone who has painted in watercolour knows the difficulties it presents. Pam says: “Watercolour seems the most demanding of media and one that isn’t really suited to the beginner as I’ve found out. It combines quickness of execution, in attempting to maintain freshness and spontaneity, with careful planning. Its continual fascination for me lies in its ability to capture light.” The special enjoyment of watercolour, as Pam explains, is watching, in the very process of painting, the wet paint on paper mixing in exciting combinations before her eyes and the uncertainty of not knowing how everything is going to turn out. For the last two years the Hornsea Art Society, of which she is a member, has organised sessions for groups painting outdoors, and Pam has gone on most of the trips. Her work usually starts with a sketch outdoors and a careful look at colour, because no photograph back in the studio can match the colours you see in the landscape.
The Indoor Bowls Club will be open Sunday-Friday 9 am-2.30 pm (closed on Monday), Wednesday-Friday 6.00-10.30 pm as well as Saturday 9 am-1 pm. Pam will be in the Seagull Gallery on Saturday mornings, from 10 -12 through the period of the exhibition, except Easter Saturday 15th April. Her website address is pamwilliamswatercolours.co.uk/

Featured image shows successful Hornsea Art Society members pictured with their painting after being selected to go forward to a regional competition. Left to right they are Kate Gendle, Meg Burkhill, Anne Saunders and Pam Williams

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