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Welcome to my Spring 2020 Blog for the Guild of Motoring Artists website. With sincere apologies this blog has not been a regularly updated feature of our guild’s website, despite the GMA being as active as ever with exhibitions and for those who have seen our ‘online’ version of our quarterly E-Zine ‘’Redline’’ will see we have an active membership and contributions, with many thanks to John Napper our Redline editor. I wish to also thank David Purvis, our Administrator (and past Chairman for many years for all his efforts towards making things happen, especially on the exhibition front, as you will see in this blog and his Amblings in the Redline for 2020 ahead.
Currently the GMA is now exhibiting at the Duns Jim Clark Motorsport Museum which is looking great and will run from March to November this year. We have some 10 artists exhibiting over 20 works dedicated to the iconic motorsport era of Jim Clark through the 1960’s. . We also have (if the current Covid-19 crisis abates by the summer) our first ever ‘Open Exhibition’ in June 2020. Both of these shows are in our ‘Administrators Amblings’ in the new Redline, so please take a look at that. Suffice to say, we are keen this year to offer our open exhibition to other artists, as explained in David’s Adminstrator’s Amblings.
Thanks also to David Marsh our webmaster who I know has been updating this website, for several of our profiles and galleries, which we hope you are finding of interest if this the first time you have come across our site. If you have any questions regards our GMA website, please drop David comment who will be pleased to assist you.
Thanks also to Sean Wales who continues to handle our membership and finances, and should you wish to become a Friend or active Artist member of the GMA please contact Sean as well or myself of course and we will be pleased to help and you too could become a member and display your art on here and of course participate directly in our physical exhibitions that we hold annually up and down the UK and sometimes overseas..
In returning to the subject of our current exhibition, we plan to refresh our paintings on show halfway through the show perhaps in June, thus replacing any sold or some artists may wish to swap some of the artworks over for some additional paintings to show their range of subjects and styles. This is a great opportunity for the GMA to be able to exhibit over such an extended period. I would of course like to thank Andrew Tulloch, Assistant Curator at the Jim Clark Motorsport Museum at Duns and Laura Adamson, Marketing & Communications Manager, both whom work for of Live Borders. For details of the exhibition and how to find the Jim Clark Motorsport Museum, here are their e-mail addresses for your interest: (firstname.lastname@example.org) and (email@example.com).
In closing I would like to thank the following artists, whose work is being exhibited at present in the Jim Clark Motorsport Museum exhibition;
STUART BOOTH, ROD DIGGENS, RICHARD WHEATLAND, SEAN WALES, JONATHAN CLAY, BARRY HUNTER, DAVID PURVIS, DAVID GINN, GARY SPEAK, JOHN NAPPER, JOHN DUNBAR, SUE CARTWRIGHT and 'MIKE'.
As part of the refresh in June, I for one am busy working on a Coventry Climax engine, of a Lotus 25, the iconic F1 engine of the early 1960’s Jim Clark would have raced successfully. At time of press it is still a work in progress, but you can see my own artwork on Instagram at ‘ginn.david’. The painting has become a bit of a technical drawing as I ended up having to draft out the painting on the canvas with a pencil grid and worked it out from there. I am enjoying the challenge but it is not what I intended originally as it is testing my eye sight and demanding a steady hand painting as accurately as possible to do it justice. I shall look forward to the finished composition!
David Purvis who is organizing our planned ‘Open’ exhibition at the ‘Three Hares Gallery’ within the Cowper and Newton Museum, in Olney, Buckinghamshire, which David is now the gallery manager, will also coincide with the fantastic ‘Motorama’ car show on the 14th June. David will explain more in his report, but suffice to say we would like to make this an ‘open’ exhibition by inviting not just the Guild membership but other automotive artists as well. Naturally we would then hope those artists would like to join the GMA as well as a win, win which would give our exhibition a broader audience, but encourage artists to join the GMA as well and help us grow.
Regards the other art exhibitions in 2020, I am keen to follow up on what has become an annual invite by Ford of Europe’s, Dunton Technical Centre Vehicle Enthusiasts Day (VED). The GMA show in the main lobby of Dunton usually spans over the whole week of the VED day although only seen by Ford Dunton staff and visiting suppliers usually sees over 5000 visitors, I also will follow up this year on reserving an exhibition slot at the Beacroft Galley in Southend-on-Sea, which is the host to the Essex Open each year, though that is now likely to be in 2021 or 2022.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy visiting our GMA website and get a chance to read our latest online Spring 2020 Redline with all the great articles and themes throughout. As noted above, should you have any questions for John, David, Sean or myself, please do not hesitate to drop us a line or comment. We will be most happy to answer your queries.
Being mindful of the current Covid-19 pandemic and it’s impact on public venues, please check exhibition websites before visiting. Thanks.
Keep well, enjoy the spring weather as best you can and if you are a fellow artist, I hope your artworks progress well.