Busy Buttons at RA Summer Show

Liz Nicholls

drawing

The Royal Academy of Arts Young Artists Summer Show FREE exhibition 2022 has opened once again to display an amazing collection of artists work both renowned and some yet on their creative journeys to recognition, self expression and discovery.

Three young people have been selected from Busy Buttons CORE charity, a registered independent grassroots Windsor-based charity. These three local children namely Twyla (10 years), Felix (11 years) and Leon (12 years) are amongst 260 children selected from 21,000 nationwide entries from young people aged (4-19 years) to display their artwork at the prestigious Royal Academy of Arts in London for their Young Artists Summer Show, a free exhibition now in its fourth year. “I was really blown away when I found out about my art being selected here. I still can’t believe it.” says Twyla beaming happily.

The exhibition is so colourful and individually different

“We are so fortunate at Busy Buttons that we can encourage and inclusively help nurture young people to be their very best no matter what their unique learning ability might be and to express themselves purely. The exhibition is so colourful and individually different, it makes you want to stay and understand each little mind, the thoughts and efforts that went into making their incredible art pieces.” says Louella Fernandez-Lempiäinen, co-founder of Busy Buttons CORE charity.

The Royal Academy of Arts has been championing the Arts since 1768 and is instrumental in nurturing and celebrating the next generation of artists. This work is so pivotal in giving young talent a prominent platform to display as the exhibition embraces several mediums displaying a diverse plethora of expression fostering an inclusive and rich showcase of young talent.

You can VOTE for People's Choice Award

You can VOTE for People’s Choice Award online and Busy Buttons CORE Charity is an inclusive charity helping young people find their unique potential using creativity and imagination. Find out more about the many creative courses and programmes that Busy Button has to offer or please do consider supporting our vital services.

See a video of the exhibition

Busy Buttons CORE Charity

Is an inclusive charity helping young people find their unique potential using creativity and imagination. Find out more about the many creative courses and programmes that Busy Button has to offer or please do consider supporting our vital services.

The exhibition

It is a must visit this summer from 19 July to 14 Aug Tues-Sun: 10am to 6pm (FREE entry) at The Royal Academy of Arts, Clore Learning Centre, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD

Find them on social media using #RAYoungArtists

An American Perspective in West Wycombe

Liz Nicholls

drawing

This August, at long last, after three years of holding no exhibitions, the West Wycombe Art Group (WWAG) are pleased to welcome you to their popular Annual Summer Exhibitions in August, Trevor Baker tells us.

This year our featured artist, DeeDee Nash Ruffo Nash, offers an American perspective on the local scene.

Where DeeDee started

DeeDee Ruffo Nash began her artistic life in Grade 1 at St Joseph’s School in Norwich, Connecticut USA when she won a prize for one of her paintings. This very early success must have inspired her to pursue a life which has always held art as an important and integral part because she went on to complete a diploma in Commercial Art at the Paier School of Art in Newhaven Connecticut.

Not only is she an active participant in drawing and painting but she embraces music as well being a competent harpsichordist and violinist.

This all developed further when she became immersed in a lively local arts community which encouraged (and actively practised) painting, music and theatre.

DeeDee Nash Ruffo Nash_Paris Night
DeeDee Nash Ruffo Nash_Puffins, colour

DeeDee moved on to carve out a freelance career based on graphic arts in the creative commercial world. She moved from the USA to England in 1996 where her artistic career continued and thrived and she joined the West Wycombe Art Group in 1997.

DeeDee has two favourite media, oil paint and pen and ink – but she also uses charcoal very skillfully to produce lovely, and very convincing portraits.

Her art

When using oils, the main inspirations for her paintings are the mood and atmosphere surrounding dusk and early evening. She loves the dark, sometimes brooding hues of gold and green and the gentle touches of slightly misty blues. Her delicate lightness of touch achieves some remarkable results and her lovely peaceful landscapes offer great serenity and charm. She doesn’t stop there. She is also captivated by the night life of city centres, the bright lights and deep shadows which contribute to the drama of a scene and is then enhanced by shapes and figures which suggest an intriguing background story. Her paintings are a delight.

Her work in her other medium, pen and ink is equally captivating and results in some intriguing pictures. Stark black and white imagery, with subtle nods to Aubrey Beardsley shape and design, are created by the artists in what she describes as “constructive doodling”.

DeeDee Nash Ruffo Nash_Lake Sunset 1
DeeDee Nash Ruffo Nash_Moby Dick

Constructive Doodling

She allows her mind to wander the blank page and almost lets the pen decide the route to take. That route dictates her decisions to move on in an imaginative way to make sense of what could be chaos. This brings the process under control and eventually a delightful design emerges. These designs can exist in their own right or colour can be added to enhance and further the images. “Constructive Doodling” works!

Whatever medium takes the attention we hope that visitors to the exhibition will enjoy the experience of viewing DeeDee’s creations alongside work from 23 other artists.

The exhibition

The West Wycombe Art Group Annual Exhibition takes place in the West Wycombe village hall and runs from Friday, 26th to Monday 29th August. It is open daily from 10am to 5pm on Friday and Monday and from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday

Local photography competition

Liz Nicholls

drawing

Berkeley Invites Community to Take Part in Photo Competition Celebrating Nature:

Award-winning local housebuilder Berkeley Homes has launched a photography and drawing competition open to all residents local to the Woodhurst Park development in Warfield for a chance to win a Polaroid instant camera.

The competition aims to celebrate landscapes and nature as the season changes, encouraging families to explore local nature trails and capture what they see.

The winners of the competition will win an Instax or Polaroid instant camera, which will be handed over at a prize ceremony at the Woodhurst Park Sales and Marketing Suite, where the best pictures will be on display for the public to see. Two runners up of each of the three age categories (11 years and under, 12 to 17 years and 18 years and over) will receive a £25 Amazon voucher.

Entries will remain open until Tuesday 16th November and should be submitted to . Entries can also be submitted in person to the sales and marketing suite at Woodhurst Park, or on Instagram with the hashtag #StepIntoWHP and by tagging @berkeley_group.

Submissions will be judged by local photographer Karen Bennett and the Berkeley Homes Sales and Marketing Director.

Please note competition terms and conditions below:

  1. The competition is only open to residents of the United Kingdom.
  2. There is no entry fee or purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  3. All entrants under 18 must have permission of a responsible adult over 18.
  4. Only one entry will be accepted per person.
  5. Closing date is the 16th November 2021, after this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  6. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for reasons out of our control.
  7. Berkeley Homes reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice, but any changes to the competition/offer will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
  8. Berkeley Homes is not responsible for inaccurate prize/offer details supplied to entrants by any third party.
  9. The prize is as stated no cash or other alternatives will be offered. Prizes are subject to availability and Berkeley Homes reserves the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  10. Prizes are not transferable and cannot be resold.
  11. Competition winners will be selected by Berkeley Homes from all entries received.
  12. All entrants must be willing to provide full name, contact details and address and to have these details passed to the suppliers of the prizes.
  13. Any competition winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, including on the Berkeley Homes website and social media. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  14. Entry into the competition gives Berkeley Homes permission to use submitted entries in any future promotional materials, on their website and on social media.
  15. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.

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