April 2022

Happy 30th Birthday to us!

The art group was started in 1992 by Pat Dear and Ruth Thompsett, initially meeting at Pat’s house in Strood then in a local school as the group grew larger.  In the late 1990s Eric Stewart took over running the group and began meeting at the old village hall in Chalk.  When the old hall was demolished the group met at St.Aidan’s Church Hall in Gravesend until the new Chalk Parish Hall was opened in 2007. 

In 2008 Susan Ewing and Patrick Sebell took over from Eric, being joined by Tracy Quarrington-Page in 2015.  Susan took a step back in 2020 and Steve Goldson took over her roles within the group.  

Medway and Chalk Art Group still runs on the original ethos of an informal gathering of art friends, creating art together over a cuppa and a natter.   Many members are still friends after all these years and Ruth remained a member until last year. We hope that M&C remains a friendly group which welcomes artists of all abilities who enjoy painting together.

We will celebrate our 30th Birthday at the Saturday session on 23rd April when we will have Birthday Elevensies of tea, coffee and cake.  Coeliac/vegan cake will be provided so everyone can join in.

Wednesday 13th    7-9pm   –  Start painting for the competition

Our annual competition is a friendly affair and is NOT compulsory.  If you don’t want to enter a painting that’s fine, please just use the suggestion as inspiration for a drawing or painting.

Get your gold paint out because the theme is…TUTANKHAMUN

One hundred years ago in 1922 the tomb of Tutankhamun, the best-preserved pharaonic tomb ever found in the Valley of the Kings, was discovered by archaeologist Howard Carter.  Carter’s meticulous assessing and cataloguing of over 5000 of objects in the tomb took nearly ten years.

The objects were displayed at Cairo Museum and around the world at various times.  The exhibition in London due to run until May 2020 unfortunately closed two months early due to Covid.  Did you get a chance to visit and take photos?  All the objects from Tutankhamun’s tomb are now housed in the Grand Egyptian Museum and will never leave Egypt again.

Choose to draw or paint Tutankhamun’s death mask or jewellery, a model boat or guardian statue, canopic jars, chariot, chair or wall paintings. The choice is yours in any medium.

There’s no right or wrong way to paint this subject…just your way.

Saturday 23rd    10am-3pm   –   Competition continued

Continue with your Tutankhamun picture, or paint another. All pictures to be in by 2.15pm then we all cast one vote for our favourite painting. There will be small cash prizes for the winner and runner-up.

A maximum of three drawings/paintings per member.  If you paint a picture but can’t attend today please arrange with someone to take and collect your artwork.

If you feel uncomfortable entering a competition that’s fine, you don’t have to. Paint the Tutankhamun theme but leave your painting on your desk so it won’t be with the pictures submitted which will be on a separate table.  

We’ll stop at 11am to have Birthday Elevensies. 

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