From a few words around the village and a sociable meeting in April 2013 a village art group was born comprising a mixed group of local amateur but keen leisure artists - some with loads of experience, some with very little and some rekindling a passion from long ago. The Watercress Painters met for the first time on a gloriously warm, sunny afternoon by the brook in June 2013.
The idea behind the group is to meet once a month on the first Monday (including bank holidays) of each month from 2 till 4.30pm to paint for pleasure in the attractive surroundings of the Ewelme Watercress Centre in The Street and to keep the management of the group of varying abilities as simple as possible, to be self-generating, to learn from and encourage others and to explore different media, art events and exhibitions.
There are opportunities to get together in between sessions to paint outside in various locations usually starting with a very sociable pub lunch or picnic before choosing our own individual viewpoints.
Once a term we invite a professional artist for a practical workshop on various subjects. So far we have had help with drawing trees, painting stormy skies and seas and pen and wash. We have plans for more interesting workshops and, in the winter, when we can’t get outside, we invite artists to give us a talk about their work or on the history of art.
Since its inception, the group has evolved and matured with the benefit of experience being passed to the less experienced members. We are a very friendly and sociable group and are always happy to help and advise each other, stopping midway through our painting sessions for a tea break and a glance at others work.
We held our first exhibition at the Ewelme Flower Show on a pouring wet day in August 2014 and, later that year in October, mounted a display entitled Autumn in Ewelme Village Store. We also like to visit galleries, local art groups and the big exhibitions.
Diary 2016 (all at The Watercress Centre at 2.00 pm unless otherwise stated)
Friday 11 March Visit to Ashmolean Print Room at 14.30 to study John Piper
Tuesday 29 March Visit to Royal Academy exhibition: Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse
4 April Framing Workshop with Terry's Framing from Caversham
18 April Talk with Art Historian Robert Kidner on the English Impressionists: Sisley, Sickert.
Steer at 14.30. Non members welcome at £4. In aid of Guideposts charity.
2 May Workshop with artist and teacher Grant Waters. Subject 'Skies'.
16 May. Outside Painting. Venue TBC
6 June. Painting Session
13 June. Outside Painting. Venue TBC
4 July. Painting Session
11 July. Outside Painting. Venue TBC
1 August. Painting Session
22 August. Outside Painting. Venue TBC
5 September. Painting Session
26 September. Outside Painting. Venue TBC
03 October. Painting Session
07-09 October. Watercress Painters exhibition at Watercress Centre. Timings TBC
10 October. Outside Painting
7 November. Painting Session
5 December. Painting Session
12 December. Christmas Party. Venue TBC
1-2 The Terrace
The Street, Ewelme
Wallingford OX10 6HH
Tel 01491 834734/826903