This exhibition is a showcase of portraits by 19 members of the Reading Guild of Artist.
The RGA is a diverse group of Artists working in a variety of styles and media .This show is an excellent opportunity for Guild Members to exhibit their work, on this occasion in portraiture, in traditional oil, pencil, ink and pastel through to mixed media, print and textiles.
The Reading Guild of Artists holds Friday evening workshops at Maiden Erlegh School; these may include life-drawing, painting and drawing, mixed media collage, drypoint etching and monoprinting. Sessions are led by specialist tutors and are open to members of the public as well as RGA members and their guests. All skill
levels are welcome, and it is an opportunity to work alongside practising artists. Open from 6.45pm, through to 9.30pm, sessions are generally held in the Studio, Maiden Erlegh.
Cath Baldwin – Artist Statement
In recent years my work has been focusing upon the experiences of daily life; some positive, some negative, a reflection on paper of the times in which we live. For me on occasions the straightforward act of applying ink to paper can act as a restorative, a means of emptying the mind and calming the emotions. The smallest things can set the creative process in motion – from a newspaper headline to a fragment of conversation, somehow these things get caught and images begin to appear in response.
In my day to day life I work as an art tutor in a college, a job that enables me to combine personal and professional interest. I believe there is immense value in being both an educator and artist, the students enjoy the knowledge that their tutor not only teaches but is also a practioner. It affords them the opportunity to view works and then discuss directly with the author. It’s a form of proof that we do indeed have some understanding of what we teach.
The most recent works in the exhibition are a slight departure in working methodology for me, and a return to the traditional, using paper cut stencils for silkscreen. However, I do recognise there are still similarities with cutting lino – the need for focus, to invest much time and the impossibility of rushing, which I feel nicely summarises why I choose to engage with print.