Meetings are held once a month September – May on the 3rd Thursday of the month and are usually demonstrations by professional artists or social / activity evenings. Usually  7.45 – 10.00pm (Please check individual dates as times vary slightly depending on activity)

From January 2020 , Meetings will be held at
Gilbert Inglefield Academy

The Dining Room
Gilbert Inglefield Academy
Vandyke Road
Leighton Buzzard

Entrance is through doors in the dining block (not the main entrance) Please see diagram below.

Signage will be outside the building pointing the way on the evenings of our meetings.


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Thursday 19th March 2020 7.45pm The Dining Hall, Gilbert Inglefield Academy  LU7 3FU
Jane Rhodes – Landscape in Pastels

The wide variety of my work, in both subject and technique, owes much to my love of travel. A keen walker, I habitually use sketch books and my work is often about ‘magic’moments that have a way of stopping me in my tracks and the effect of light becomes a recurring theme in my work..  I strive to create something beautiful and, hopefully, thought provoking that will continually bring as much pleasure to others as I had in its creation.  


Best known for my atmospheric pastel paintings, I am now increasingly using oils and acrylics.  I sometimes experiment with mixed media and that has led to some more abstracted interpretations but I am convinced that there remains a place for representational painting in the hearts of many, including myself.

I have exhibited in many group shows and had successful solo exhibitions. My paintings have been selected for open exhibitions, including the Society of Women Artists and the Pastel Society at the Mall Galleries in London.  I am a member of Artists Network Bedfordshire and Arts Gateway, Milton Keynes and am also represented by The Norton Way Gallery, Letchworth Visitors are welcome by appointment to my studio at Arts Central, Station House, 500 Elder Gate, Central Milton Keynes MK9 1BB.

Over the years I have been able to share my love of painting with all levels of ability both as a tutor and demonstrator.  I think this has made a valuable contribution to my personal development as an artist, encouraging me to constantly expand my own knowledge.  I hope to continually evolve as an artist, feeding the passion with my travels for as long as I am able.

Thursday 16th April 2020 7.45pm The Dining Hall, Gilbert Inglefield Academy  LU7 3FU

Phil Madley – Encaustic Wax Art

Phil has been painting professionally for over twenty years. His innovative and original style has led to numerous sales and many successful exhibitions.

His commercial background began as a graphic designer and artist before going freelance in 1992. He started his own design consultancy, Lonestar Design, specialising in marketing communications and corporate identities. Phil now concentrates his time on his passion for encaustic wax art – a medium he thinks is under utilised. Not only has he earned a reputation as an artist but also as a teacher and lecturer of encaustic art.

Phil paints using coloured encaustic wax and various heating implements including hot air gun, hot stylus and hot plate. His paintings are bold and bright or soft and sensuous, demanding attention and challenging the viewer on a visual or emotional level to experience more. His work is innovative, exciting and contemporary. It touches your soul, “sometimes beautiful sometimes a touch frightening, but never boring. Often you can see different images and feel changing emotions – so many pictures in one.”

Phil is a member of the Bucks Visual Images Group. Also a qualified teacher, he has taught at Missenden Abbey and runs encaustic wax art courses and workshops. Phil is a very popular demonstrator and lecturer giving talks and demonstrations to art clubs and societies throughout Southern England.

Thursday 21st May 2020

Graham Pellow – Local Landscape in Oils

British artist Graham Pellow has had a passion for drawing and painting since childhood, particularly in watercolour landscapes. He works in most mediums, since all have their own strengths and weaknesses. More recently he has worked extensively in oils.

Whilst travelling the world Graham loves to record the trips using sketch books. He now has an extensive collection, often using these sketches to work up larger paintings. These sketch books have become his prized possessions.

Creating a painting with atmosphere is always Graham’s ambition, capturing fleeting moments of light, often early in the morning or late evening.

Many of Graham’s paintings are printed as Greeting Cards and sold at exhibitions. Having recently moved to Leighton Buzzard he is exploring the rich local landscape for artistic inspiration.