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The Visual Art Network (VAN) Charity 1087383 is run by our volunteer members.

Promote your work, exhibitions, workshops and events here to a wider audience. We are a growing network of ambitious, enthusiastic and creative people all with an interest in visual arts. 

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Winter Fest...

1 Nov 2017 - 16 Jan 2018

VAN members' festive exhibition, 18/19 Shoplatch, Shrewsbury. Including paintings, textiles, ceramics, jewellery, sculpture and cards. Read more

Shropshire Art...

4 Nov 2017 - 1 Dec 2017

Our ongoing Exhibition in St Mary's Church for these four weeks will showcase the work of Frank Hilton and Margaret Rowson. The Exhibition is open from 10 am to 4 pm daily, excluding Sundays.    ... Read more

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Pauline Furnival

Born in Manchester, Pauline has recently returned to the UK after spending many years in Portugal and Brasil, where she had successfully exhibited her work. She currently lives in North Shropshire.   Many of her paintings are abstract and  inspired by natural rock, granites and marble.  She has recently experimented with high gloss resin finishes, that add an appealing reflective quality.

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Steve Vicary 
Painting is a vehicle for exploration. Through painting, you can explore and experience your concerns and passions. It can deliver a degree of subjectivity and sensual pleasure that no other imaging technology can match. You can take risks again and again. It is an immediate and direct form of personal expression.

There are lots of ways to paint and are lots of rules on how and what to paint but there are more ways of breaking those rules and that makes the process exciting. It's challenging and a joy.

Abstract Art or paintings with an abstract element is more than a haphazard mess flung onto canvas. The creativity within these works of art is meant to turn heads and illicit new imaginations within the viewer. In most circumstances, Abstract Art is filled with exciting colours and these stimulating elements are what make it one of the most favoured forms of art collected today. But a strong piece of art, whether it's figurative or non figurative, has the ability to grab your attention and pull an emotional response from within you. This is the artist's plan to keep your mind thinking and analyzing and to keep your eyes moving throughout the painting.

Painting is intoxicating. Painting is a passion. Painting is a delight. Painting is an obsession.

When asked why he painted Matisse replied; "to translate my emotions, my feelings, and the reactions of my sensibility into colour and design.... [Artists are] useful because they can augment colour and design through the richness of their imagination intensified by their emotion and their reflection on the beauties of nature, just as poets or musicians do."



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Puppets created

Leona Thomas has been inspired to make these puppet characters using traditional papier mache methods of construction. She rekindled her fondness of puppets having recently come across puppets made by the artist Paul Klee.   He had made his to amuse his children grandchildren.  With their rawness and individuality Leona was struck by the fact that they seemed to break through preconceptions of what a puppet should be. She set about making these characters that can be used for a variety of story plots.  The puppets are on show at the VAN Street Gallery, Shrewsbury with further information about the inspiration behind them.

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