the Highgate Society, the HWG's parent
organisation, will celebrate its 50th
Anniversary. We are pleased to be part
of the very prestigious Highgate Society, and as
our contribution to the celebrations, the HWG and
artist friends will be "painting out" Highgate in
the Village on Saturday 9th July from
And an update after the event:
Our Highgate Paint Out went off brilliantly on Saturday! We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, and retired HWG member Jean Lovell-Davis whose drawing was on one of our posters came and joined us. We were soo lucky with the weather, not as warm as predicted, and rather windy, but NO RAIN. Lots of people stopped by to look, including enthusiastic children.
|We had seven visiting artists
painting in addition to the following HWG
members: Maureen Bocking, Mari I'Anson, Arvind
Limaye, Ulla Mead, Andrew Riley, Charlotte
Stephenson, Vanessa Whinney, and Jill Wilkinson.
When we retired to 10A, we put our pictures on tables and propped them up, as planned, and extra local views were also available – some supplied by those unable actually to paint but who joined in the fun. Three Highgate Society members very kindly gave us their time and arrived with delicious home-made cake and served tea. That was a great hit!
We made a total of 16 sales, some artists selling several works. We will be passing the commission on to Lauderdale House as a contribution to their renovation fund, together with the tea and cake money.
Highgate Society member Richard Webber made a speech of thanks for our efforts on behalf of Lauderdale House and to celebrate the Society’s Golden 50 years. He was especially pleased that we were showing a different face to the public, which usually thinks of HS as just an environmental pressure group, and we have been flying the cultural flag for 26 years!
One visitor said: what a great format: outside painting, then inside viewing plus fantastic tea and cake. Several asked if we’d be doing it again....
The Ham and High gave us a big plug which included Vanessa Whinney's painting of herself as a tube of cadmium yellow paint, and they sent a photographer who came round taking pictures. We hope for a report in next week's edition.
We very much appreciate all the time and support given by a number of people who are not HWG members which did so much to make our Highgate Paint-Out such a success.
HWG Artists in the Gallery: Chris Baker, Freda Blayney,
Maureen Bocking, Ruth Edwards, Edmund Gordon, Erna Green,
Oonagh Hodges, Shirley Hodgson, Mari I'Anson, Sara Kaye,
Gianna Lapini, Sue Lees, Helena Lezard, Arvind Limaye,
Vivian Manthel-French, Ruth Margolis, Brenda McDowell, Ulla
Mead, Pam Meffan, Andrew Riley, Philip Sanderson, Charlotte
Stephenson, Vanessa Whinney, Jill Wilkinson, Mary Williams.
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The Group was founded in 1980 as part of the Highgate Society
(www.highgatesociety.com) with the aim of enabling
enthusiastic watercolour painters to work together in an
informal friendly atmosphere. We are a mixed bunch – some of
us have painted professionally over a lifetime (and are
members of top London art societies, and in one case, an
international art society), some are newer converts to the
joys of watercolours and other paper-based media. Some of us
also paint in oils and acrylics. We are
enthusiastic about a variety of subjects and really enjoy
painting buildings and townscapes, landscapes and seascapes,
still life, portraits, and, of course, Highgate and other
North London local scenes. If you are thinking
about buying art online, you may like to know that our work
is mainly affordable, and we welcome enquiries.
We are based in 10A South Grove (opposite Pond Square), Highgate, North London (the Highgate Society's premises), where we paint regularly on Thursdays, but we quite often go out and paint together either locally or further afield. We also have periodic visits from professional tutors and models.
We have an autumn show annually in Highgate, as well as
occasional much smaller displays. We also have a stall
at the Highgate Fair in the Square in June. There are
nearly 30 of us, and although our numbers are constrained by
the size of 10A Pond Square, we are always interested in
hearing from any experienced watercolour artists who would
like to join the Group. If you like the sound of the HWG,
please contact us or email our
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