Eclectic mix of arts at TAAG this week....



The winner of the 2019 Tower Cup was announced by our judge Paul Kettle Buchanan, following an excellent afternoon of art critique interrupted by tea, coffee, and home-made cake.  Paul’s critique was  informative and enthusiastic and much enjoyed and appreciated by all.  Paul was most impressed by the standard of work which ranged from intricate studies of flora and fauna to ‘pure emotion’.

The winner of the Tower Cup this year was Jacqui Thomson, pictured here with Paul.

Also pictured are Paul with a painting of a leopard by Mary Sutherland, and a boy studying a train by Theresa Grove-Jones.







Very enjoyable and informative workshop by John Skinner who always makes these occasions fun.

A photo of the 15 who attended with their works of art....


The Presentation of the Tower Cup

The presentation of the Tower Cup is at 2-4:30 pm, on Saturday October the 19th at the Burdett Building/ Scout Building. Refreshments will be served.

The Tower Cup is presented for work done in the Thursday/ Friday classes.


Teignmouth Art Society - Shaldon Exhibition - August 2019

Congratulations to Tony Berry for a record breaking sales haul of seven paintings and five wooden boxes at the above exhibition

Tony also featured in the society awards  also included were Jan Newton and Jacqui Thomson


Dear Members


Please see below a message from Bryan :


Firstly, thank you to all members that attended the recent funeral of Norman Buckle, our late President.  Norman was well loved and respected by so many, and this was reflected by the numbers that attended this moving occasion.


There is a very touching footnote to Norman’s life and his association with the Newton Abbot Art Group.  Jenny, Norman’s wife, Elizabeth, their daughter, and the rest of their family asked that donations received at the retiring collection should be donated to the Woodland Church where the ceremony was held, and to our Art Group.  We have now been presented with cheques to the value of £256.15 and we have thanked the family for this kind and generous gesture.


Bryan Hill




Article - Teignmouth Times - June 2019

St Joseph's RC School Project  - June July 2018

  During the months of June and July Tom Barnes and John Daly, members of the Newton Abbot Art Group have been involved in developing the artistic skills of the pupils from Ash and Maple classes at St Josephs

Based on a theme of My Ocean the children have created art boards and various paper mache fish which will be on display at the school

Tom and I would lito thank the teachers and the children for through their skill and hard work made this an interesting and entertaining project




Pebbles Project

A mosaic described as "A work in process"

So far 281 paticipants including 20 plus from NAAG have contributed and it is growing every day

Next stop a South Coast tour and a growing volume of pebbles


Poetry Challenge - Thursday Session 22/02/18

Winner this time round was Julia Hallet with her interpretation of A Shropshire Lad - Loveliest of trees the cherry now by A.E. Housman






Tower Cup - 20th Oct 2017

The wet and windy weather did not deter the members who attended what was a splendid evening

Local artist Paul Freestone was in good form with interesting and informative critiques on a varied selection of members works

2017 winner was Jan Newton for her painting "Meadow Sweet" which was highly praised by Paul

Many thanks to all who attended and to the organisers especially for a superb buffet





Passmore Edwards Centre Exhibition

Saturday July 29th was a landmark day for the Newton Abbot Art Group as its second exhibition of the year was able to open on home turf, in the centre of Newton Abbot itself.  The exhibition will be at the Passmore Edwards centre until Saturday the 5th  August and everyone is welcome on the first floor of the library building.  On display can be found an exciting variety of works of art in many mediums, pictures, pottery, woodcraft and very individual handmade cards.  All the work is by local, talented individuals, much of it reflecting the influence of the surrounding South Devon area. It is all very reasonably priced and all for sale.


At the opening of the Show were Paul Freestone, an elected member of the Guild of Railway artists and Felicity Cole, Curator of the Newton Abbot museum.  These two were the judges of the show and they presented certificates to the winners following a buffet lunch, which was open to all visitors.  Also present were the Mayor of Newton Abbot, Councillor Ann Jones accompanied by her husband.  She got the ball rolling by purchasing a local scene to take with her to Germany as a gift to her hosts on the forthcoming twinning visit.  We were pleased to welcome our other guests, Sally Henley, the Town Development officer and Cheryl Marshall, manager of the Passmore Edwards centre.


Over a hundred visitors came to the exhibition on Saturday.  They were overwhelmingly delighted by the high quality of the exhibits and the general ambience of the show is very welcoming.


More information about the exhibition winners and photographs of the exhibits can be seen on the Art Group’s website.

Posted by Dinah Parker - 03/08/2017



April 2017 - Spring Flower Challenge

There was a roit of colour from our 22 entries for the latest bi-monthly challenge

This months favourite was by Jan Newton

Watch out for our next different challenge 




Feb 2017 - SAA postcard challenge

SAA have just listed the winner of their post cardcard challenge unfortunately it is not one of our entries

Details and Images of some of the 2,488 entries can be viewed at www.saa.co.uk


Jan 2017

Our first challenge of the year "Winter Trees" opened with 24 excellent and very varied entries

Barbara Poyser judged the paintings and sketches and selected works by Lesley Byers and Pat Tout as her favourites


Many Thanks to all who took part and we look forward to even more entries in March




April 2016

Unfortunately Newton Abbot Art Group did not win the 'Local Art Show Exhibition 2016'.  The competition was won by Flying Colours art group from Teignmounth, who will be exhibiting in RAMM Exeter from 30 April to 29 May.  Well done to all who took part - we shall try again next year.

On 7 April we held our AGM, following by a fascinating talk by Felicity Cole from the Newton Abbot Museum.  Our Chairman John Daly sadly stood down, and a new committee was elected.  Minutes of the 2016 AGM documents/agm-minutes-2016.docx

The Tower Cup which in previous years has been awarded after the AGM, will this year be awarded on 7 July.

Preparations for the TAAG exhibition being held on 4 to 17 June have started and an entry form can be downloaded here documents/exhibition-june-2016-entry-form-taag.docx



February 2016

Newton Abbot Art Group have entered the Express & Echo 'Local Art Show 2016' competition for local art groups.  If successful it would mean that we would have the chance to have an exhibition of botanical paintings in RAAM, Exeter.   We have now submitted our entry.  More news on how and where to vote for us shortly.

Poster Challenge - Members to create a background to be used as the Groups  general poster/ flyer feature for 2016

Size - A4  - Any mediuM

Completion Date - March 3/4

Selection Criteria - All members attending on relevant Thursday and Friday to vote on the background favourite 


July 2015

Newton Abbot Art Group were delighted to be asked to try out a range of Pebeo Moon and Prisme paints by the SAA, and report back to them for their Blog.  The SAA kindly gave us 8 canvas boards, pipettes, lolly sticks and a selection of paints for a group of our members to work with.  Jan Newton, who was leading this project purchased an extra 2 sets of paint so that we had more colours to work with.  This gave all 8 artists taking part a chance to experience the interesting results achievable with this range of paints.  The workshop was very enjoyable, and Pat Ware did 'a great job' of demonstrating their use.  Some of the artists comments are noted below:-
- Very versatile and exciting, it is a completely different concept to other paints I have used.
- You don't need to use brushes, use a straw to blow and coax around paper, or use a piece of card or allow to do its own shape.
- On their own or mixed together, it is a magical journey experimenting with them.
- Colours are vibrant - I liked the way the paint moved to produce abstract work, or a particular piece of art.  Colours dropped onto other colours created an exciting picture.
- The paints are intriguing - the movement and the way they separate giving an ever moving finish is fascinating
- I would like to throw them on and see what happens, but it could be very costly that way.  Perhaps I will put them on my Christmas list.
- They could be used for just a focal point on a painting for stunning effects
Taking part were - Barbara, Ann Beves, Diana, Andy, Dot, Jan Newton, Yvonne, Gill, Maggie, Pat Wares, Mary O'dell.

March 2015

Presentation of the Tower Cup

The winner of the 2015 Tower Cup is Janet Bracewell.  Mike McDonald had a difficult time choosing from an impressive lineup, but said that Janet's painting immediately spoke to him.  Congratulations Janet.

Janet receiving the Tower Cup from Mike McDonald

       Some of the entries for the Tower Cup  2015


January 2015


“Don’t Just Sit There Fair”

Jan Newton and John Daly represented NAAG at the above event set up to encourage student involvement in local clubs 

Twenty five clubs with various activities including judo, model making, swimming, drumming etc took part in this lively morning session at Coombeshead College Sports Hall

There was lots of interest from the students and detailed discussions with the college art teachers on possible links with our group took place

We will await feedback and keep all members informed of any progress

Below is a letter we have received from Pete Rose, organiser of the Fair.

"Dear All

Just a very brief message to say thank you so much for the time and effort you put in on Wednesday morning, the students really appreciated it and we hope that you have a good deal of uptake. If you are interested the mid devon advertiser is going to be running a piece on it. 

In about a month I am going to send an evaluation form out for you to fill in if you have time so we can assess the impact of the fair. But my favourite moment since then was a boy covered in smiles talking about having had a good time at the BMX track, unfortunately he had also broken his arm, this hardly seemed to affect his mood at all!

Again many many thanks on behalf of the school and the students

Best Wishes

Pete Rose"

Jan 2016 - New session on Friday 10-00 am - 1-00 pm same location, same fees come and join us open to all especially new members

March 2016

Please vote for the group entry in the RAMM exhibition, see entry form in the Express and Echo





Sketchers' Group 

Anyone interested in joining a sketching group please email me

see link page ref Urban Sketchers


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