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Paintings in Kirklands


Kirklands requested paintings from members of Menston Arts Club and Menston residents to be posted as a cheerful counterpoint to the current Coronavirus pandemic. Members submitted their paintings by email and Kirklands Trustees have now printed them and posted them on the wall in the main hall where, once current restrictions ease, they will be available to view by all comers to the building. A selection are shown here



Important information for members
We, the committee, have had another committee meeting via zoom, (I could make a corny joke and say we have been zooming all over the place!) but I won’t. We have all like yourselves, been tolerating the “ new norm” and have had to put our heads together to formulate a plan that encompasses the safety rules/regulations and also suits our purpose as an art club.
It is patently obvious that our present meeting room is not adequate for the purpose (even on poorly attended evenings). So we have looked about for a substitute space; one that will comfortably accommodate 30 persons plus speaker/demonstrator etc. etc.
Obviously we want to remain loyal to Kirklands/ Menston and have found that the only room large enough is the main hall. There is just one drawback it is only free on a Tuesday evening. So we have weighed up the pros and cons and have opted for booking the hall on Tuesdays as from September 1st when there will be an AGM in lieu of the missed AGM of April 27th The cost is higher but your club has funds to cover this change.
We will not, as a committee be expecting any contributions from members .....on the contrary we are planning, for one year only, as a goodwill gesture to ask members to pay only £35 subscription (instead of £45) in September as it is felt a considerable portion of the past year has been unavoidably missed.
We have also decided that when the time comes to rejoin MAC we will make it possible to pay subscriptions by bank transfer. Persons who do not juggle their finances virtually, myself included, will be given alternatives. Details of payments / times/ meetings will follow.
We are contacting members who do not follow MACs activities electronically by “snail mail “ and would appreciate acknowledgment of the receipt of this letter of information. Your treasurer, syllabus and membership secretaries are all now faced with considerable amounts of work because of these changes to enable us to continue as a viable club.
Ian also is acting as communications secretary and is concerned that not all members are receiving his missives. So I’m asking if, on this occasion, that upon reading this letter you immediately acknowledge it so that we won’t have to prepare and post hard copies ......both expensive and time consuming.
Information about next year’s syllabus can be found on http:// and much more information about our/your club (including competition entries) can be found on our website...... https://
Looking forward to hearing from everyone. On behalf of the MAC committee.
Judith Tomlinson
Note: fine detail yet to be worked out, but it's likely that the start time will be a little later at 7.45pm, and there will probably be no tea/coffee break, so you may wish to bring your own refreshments. Toilets will, of course, be available but, for painting workshops, you may have to Bring your own water (anyone laughing now is making up their own jokes). Ian



Jeremy Taylor came to our meeting to give a critique of members work. Very constructive evening where everyone benefited by listening to Jeremy's comments.

People's choice May 2018


Winner of the people's favourite painting award at the May 2018 exhibition was Tom Tompson. The prize was awarded to Tom by the club's President Mrs Anne Wade

Anita Daniel


Portrait drawing in tonal values. Anita showed us how to draw a portrait in shapes and tone using charcoal. Very interesting and unusual technique of drawing a portrait from a photograph upside down!

Workshop based on Robert Austin’s demonstration


Workshop based on Robert Austin’s demonstration.
Following on from Robert Austin’s inspirational demonstration we all had a go at creating realistic clouds. We all enjoyed the challenge and produced some interesting paintings. Most did more than one painting and had an enjoyable evening.

Robert Austin demonstration


Robert Austin gave a very interesting demonstration of the painting of different types of cloud. Wonderful and inspirational, he gave 4 very different quick demonstrations with Blue Peter style ‘here’s one I did earlier’ examples of each painting.

Tony Goldthorpe


Tony came and gave a demonstration of painting in the Bob Ross style. A very entertaining evening was had by all watching Tony complete not 1, not 2 but 3 paintings in the evening. All different and showing different techniques. Two were painted on black boards, one of poppies that really shone out, the second a breaking wave and seascape, the third was a landscape of mountains and trees. Fantastic. Thoroughly enjoyable evening.