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Darlington Society of Arts Annual Exhibition

Posted by JimL on September 18, 2016
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The Darlington Society of Arts will bring together a collection of work from its members, who range from beginners to more experienced artists, for a display at The Station at Richmond commencing Saturday 15th October until Wednesday 26th October 2016.
The exhibition will reflect the diversity of the society’s members – juniors, leisure artists and highly-qualified professionals who paint, sculpt, fabric collage etc and use computer technology to create their work.
The preview/presentation evening will be held on Saturday 15th October. 

Big Draw 2016

Posted by JimL on September 18, 2016
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First Day of Term this week!

Posted by JimL on September 5, 2016
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Hi all! Hope you had a nice summer 🙂 
 
We are back on this Wednesday, and its origami night with Tait, so bring along any interesting coloured/patterned paper you might have, and also Scissors and Ruler.
 
Hope to see you there! 
Lisa

Pastel Trip to Unison Colour, Northumberland.

Posted by JimL on August 20, 2016
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What a fantastic day we had on Monday 1st August.  It was a warm bright day in which to enjoy the countryside as we made our way to Thornleyburn in Northumberland to the home of Unison Pastels.  We were warmly greeted with coffee and biscuits and then shown round the fascinating setup where the pastels are completely handmade (except they do use a Kenwood electric mixer once the secret recipe is made up for each colour). 

The “mixture” comes out of the mixer and the experts take a small exact amount and place it on trays (just like making cookies).  These wait a while and are then rolled into the pastel sticks – all by expert hands. (approx 700 per day!)

In another room downstairs, there were drums stacked all around which contained the pigments and next door there were boxes and boxes of finished pastels  ready for the girls to make up sets of pastels eg portrait colours or bespoke sets.

 

Then the most exciting room, where there were boxes of pastels with all the colours in the range.  Here we were able to try them out.  It can be said that we did stay quite some time in this room playing.  It was brilliant!
After spending time choosing our colours, the lists were given to the girls next door who made up the boxes which involved putting the label around each pastel and boxing them up.
After thanking our hosts we set of to Bellingham to have a late lunch at the Carriage – yes a railway carriage!

The best Paninis ever.

Linda Coleby