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If you are anywhere near Southport you just really have to check this out! The Waterfront Arts Project is an unbelievable collection of local talent. For those who are fed up with seaside galleries where all that is on display are watercolour paintings of the local scenery this will come as a welcome surprise. This is art of the calibre of the TATE or Walker and if you love art you won’t want to miss this. And they’re a generous lot too. You’ll most likely be treated to free nibbles and drinks if you come to the opening (you might want to make a donation but they seem so embarrassed to ask for anything that you’ll probably have to hunt around to find the donations box on the floor somewhere). Apart from the amazing realistic surrealism of John Zehentner you can expect some wonderfully dark art from the superb talents of Joan Walmsley, colourful abstract works and thought-provoking political art and satire from other members of the group. There may be a theme but the art will be vast and varied. If you are anywhere near Southport on March 5th why not pop down at 2pm and join in the fun. You’ll find the gallery on the Piazza promenade between the Ramada hotel and the Genting Club casino (PR9 0DZ for the satnav and you can park on Ocean Plaza just over the bridge). If you can’t make it for 5th March it’ll be running until 7th May.
If you want to know more about the Southport Arts Project or you are a local artist who would like to join them you can visit their Facebook page here.
Over the years we have heard of all sorts of uses people have made of art prints and posters etc bought from us at Artists UK. Some have used them as a basis for having tattoos done or to spray-design their bikes. One of our customers has gone a step better and made a model based on the print he bought from us, as you can see above. To find out how this modeller went about it just read on dudes and dudesses …
THE MAKING OF DESTINY
by Peter Miller
I design, build and fly radio controlled models. I have done this for years. Occasionally I develop a sadomasochistic streak and design a model that will stretch my skills and patience a little. More importantly,
it will make those who build from my published plans shudder at the thought of all the extra work and complication.
Over the years I have designed a series of these more complex designs, all named after the Angels from Captain Scarlet and have I just started on the last one, Destiny. For this model I wanted a very special pilot and when I saw the picture of Destiny on the Artists UK website I knew that I had found it. I spent quite a lot of time working out how to create the bust. My artistic skills do not extend to sculpting it from scratch.
I performed a lobotomy on one commercial pilot figure which provided the basic bonedome. This had the areas cut away for the transparent panels. I then ground away to create a rebate for the panels. Now that was masochistic I can tell you, the head is only just over 1” tall when finished and the rebate is tiny but in the end I got the panels installed.
The other pilot’s head also suffered a lobotomy and then some plastic surgery to make it more like a female face than the original rather expressionless character who looked like an overtired budget airline pilot. The hair presented more of a problem but we modellers are an ingenious lot so one Wednesday morning saw me touring the toy shops in my local town with a pair of vernier calipers measuring dolls heads. I am used to getting strange looks.
Eventually I found what I wanted in the local pound shop. That was a relief! You wouldn’t believe the prices that they want for some of the dolls of the size I needed? The young lady in question suffered the indignity of being scalped but the hair worked after a bit of trimming and setting with clear varnish. The the parts were assembled and the assembly was duly painted up including the tiny badge etc.
The final touch was to make a pair of sunglasses out of soldered up 30 amp fuse wire and adding the lenses.
I must admit that after looking at the completed figure I realised that the sunglasses need to have the lenses tinted. Those eyes do not look calm or happy. Maybe someone has told her about my flying.
Okay, sounds bad, but actually it’ll most certainly be brilliant as that is the title of the new exhibition at the Waterfront Arts Project in Southport that opens tomorrow Sunday 11 September 2016.
You’ll find it between the Ramada Hotel and the Casino that are both across the road from the beginning of the pier. It opens at 2pm and there is usually a lovely buffet of snacks and drinks. The exhibition and the food and drink are all free so you might want to show your appreciation by making a generous donation since that’s all the income these guys and gals get for their very hard work creating one of the most brilliant contemporary art shows you’ll find anywhere.
So; if you are anywhere near Southport get along to “The Painful Untruth” and if you can’t make it tomorrow it will be on for a few months afterwards so plenty of time to catch up with it even if you miss out on the free food and drink tomorrow.
If you haven’t manged to get to one of legendary artist Ed Org’s shows over the summer you still haven’t lost the chance as there are still a few dates in September and November coming up. If you have never seen one of artist Ed Org’s amazing pencil sketch artworks “in the flesh” as it were, you are in for a real treat. If the first thing you’ve seen by Ed Org is the picture above then click on it to see a lot more and I expect that will inspire you to make a trip to Milton Keynes or Ludlow, even if you live in the Outer Hebrides … or even Pleiades. 🙂
SEPT 10/11 MK Vintage, MK Shopping Centre, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK9 3EP
NOV 26/27 Ludlow Medieval Fayre, Ludlow Castle, Shropshire, SY8 1AY