NEXT MEETING: WEDNESDAY 24 MARCH 2021
FENCIBLE LOUNGE, UXBRIDGE RD, HOWICK (NEXT TO THE HOWICK LIBRARY).
We are very lucky indeed to be having Nicki Heenan as the demonstrating artist for our next club night.
Nicki will be moving back to England very soon, so we really are very privileged to have the opportunity to watch this amazing artist in action.
Nicki specialises in the use of cold wax medium and oil paint. Cold Wax is a medium that you add to your paint to enhance body and increase luminosity. It has an ancient heritage going back to the Fayum portraits in Egypt and most famously JWM Turner in his tempestuous landscapes. Nicki Heenan is a member of RWSW – the Royal Watercolour Society of Wales having joined in June 2019. Nicki often paints the Welsh Landscape and also spent time in her childhood in Aberystwyth where her father was a Doctor at the University Hospital.
Nicki Heenan has undertaken a residency in Wales at Stewdio Maelor where she did a series of paintings and studies on the local mine at Corris. Earlier in 2019 Nicki conducted several workshops and an exhibition at King Street Gallery in Camarthen, Wales and will be returning there in 2020.
This is a unique opportunity, so I highly recommend you join us for what will prove to be a very interesting and informative evening. Check out Nicki’s website at www.nickiheenan.com.
New Classes for Midwinter
Things will be slightly different for our next Midwinter so we would like to give our members as much
notice as possible. In short, we will be moving from medium based categories to genre based
The classes will be as follows:
Class 1. Landscape.
This includes Cityscapes, which covers our urban environment and architecture, it also covers farm
buildings and equipment, garden scenes, lakes, and rivers.
Class 2. Seascape and Marine.
This includes the ocean, ships, small boats, sail boats, coastal, beaches, harbours, wharves and
Class 3. Portraits.
This includes figurative work, and the human form studies.
Class 4. Still life.
This includes objects, floral arrangements, indoors or outdoors, pot plants etc.
Class 5. Abstract.
This covers contemporary, and modern art.
Class 6. Wild Life.
This covers all animal life including pets and bird life.
NB. We have dropped mixed media as this is included in any genre.
Reason for Change
One of the main purposes of the committee is to advance the group. All major exhibitions are moving
towards this kind of categorisation, so your committee felt the Howick Art Group should align with the
best. It doesn’t matter what medium is used; it is the genre that counts. When judging, you are looking
at composition, tonal values, techniques used and what the artist is trying to say. In other words, it is
the painting that counts. If we stick to medium, then it is all about how the artist used their particular
medium etc. not the painting. We feel it is better and fairer grouping genres together as is the trend
If you have any questions, or are unsure which class to enter your work, please phone:
President, Elise De Silva 0273288760
Vice President, Merv Appleton 0272460929
I look forward to seeing you at our next club night.
Elise De Silva
Our current 2021 committee members are:
President – Elise De Silva
Vice President – Merv Appleton
Secretary – Carina Sim-Smith
Treasurer – Ken Tanner
Amanda Gleason – Membership
Jennie Henry -Art Programme
Janice Skinner – Gallery & Library
Off committee members are:
Wendy Oey – Website & Library