Visual Art Network - Open for Art  

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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Merry Mid-Winter...

1 Nov 2016 - 28 Jan 2017

VAN Gallery's Merry Mid-Winter Market has for sale a diverse range of member's work. Find that individually made special present for Christmas. Read more

AtoZ Exhibition at...

23 Nov 2016 - 23 Dec 2016

An exhbition of all 26 AtoZ original works (relief, etching and collagraph prints, paintings, collage,3D work, drawings, mixed media, digitally manipulated imagery, ceramic relief, etc.) at Kinokulture... Read more

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Jeweller Liz Simmons, from Ironbridge, Shropshire is welcomed as one of our newest exhibitors in the VAN Gallery Shrewsbury, Members' Showcase.  She was awarded the ‘Welsh Artist of the Year 2012 Applied arts category’ for a sand cast sterling silver twig spoon with a hand wrought bowl. More original spoons can be viewed in the gallery as well as her jewellery range, which includes rings, earrings, and necklaces.

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Featured Artist
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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