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  1. We have three new members who have been accepted into the Guild of Waterway Artists; they are Jan Vallance, Paul O'Leary and Ken Wood.  We look forward to seeing more of their work alongside enjoying their presence at some of our exhibitions.  


    Ken Wood is a Black Country Artist who produces an array of images, giving a good representation of industrial life of by-gone eras.  A well established artist for more information you can visit his website for more images at : 

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    Jan Vallance is an avid painter of canal scenes, be it boats, wildlife or people.  You can see updates of our artists works on our facebook page which changes regularly.  For more information and images about Jan you can visit her website at :

    boatmans cottage by Paul O Leary

    Paul O'Leary who adds humour and emotion into his work, by creating a visual narrative for the viewer to explore.  Working with a printmakers back-ground; Paul uses enamels to bring a contemporary style to his paintings. Paul along with being an artist is an author of childrens books which takes the form of a fox who has many a tale to tell. The books run alongside his drawings and sketches of life on the canals. For more information about Paul along with his artworks and books visit his website:

    Our next Exhibition is at Audlem Mill in Shropshire at Easter 2016; we will post more information about the event over the next few weeks.

  2. An exceptional weekend on all counts, where you can see historic boats bringing the Black Country Museums boat yard to life. Overlooking the boat dock on the otherside is the 'old cafe' where the Guild of Waterway Artists are exhibiting Contemporary and Traditional Art. Over the next few weeks we will bring some of what may be seen at the Black Country. We hope to see you there, come and say hi.

    Join us at The Black Country Living Museum

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  3. Eric Gaskell has been busy making more canal based linocuts.
    They were at Audlem earlier in the Summer and at the moment 14 linocuts are at the Wallbridge Centre in Stroud, if you are close take a look. Next year he has an exhibition in Welshpool.
    This is one of his latest canal linocuts "which started out as a complicated colour job, and ended up far, far simpler “Ebley Mill”.
    You may also have noticed his work being used as the title sequence for the new BBC series “Canals - the making of a Nation”.
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    Michele Field

    It is with great sadness and shock that we heard of the untimely death of our Member Michele Field, on Sun day 6th April.

    Michele has been a loyal and active member of The Guild of Waterway Artists for many years, exhibiting with us frequently at The Braunston Boat Show.  Often, during these weekends, she would fascinate the public by working on a painting, gathering an admiring crowd around her.  Several times she organised exhibitions for The Guild, at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford among other opportunities she spotted for us.

    She was very professional and skilled promoter of her work, exhibiting widely in waterways venues and around her local area.  Her work will be familiar to many, especially as most years one of her paintings featured as an IWA Christmas card.

    As a painter, she saw and loved beauty and colour.  She knew what her public liked and her paintings reflected this.  But she was no ‘hack’ painter, she painted what she loved with feeling and the love of her subject matter shone through her work.  Her spectacular flower paintings particularly reflect this.

    As a colleague, in The Guild, she will be very much missed;  She was very often the first to respond to discussion among members, usually with helpful and constructive suggestions. I personally valued our telephone conversations when tricky issues had to be addressed.

    Personally, and on behalf of The Guild, I extend our sympathy to her husband Richard and to their family at this saddest of times. She will live on in her work, so full of colour and optimism.

    Sarah Pressland.  April 2014