Beverley Healey's painting "Pocohontas", winner of the People's Choice award in this year's Centenary Exhibition, is featured on the Art Club Gallery of the October issue of Leisure Painter.
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The day ran from 10am – 3pm. It started with a talk by Richard about the origins of the SAA & the benefits of being a member, either as a club or individually. Anita then demonstrated many of the products that were there for us to try. After that a third of the group at a time was taken on a tour of the premises – the others got to stay & play!! Free tea & coffee making facilities were available with plenty of seating to sit and eat your own packed lunch.
SAA operation has come a long way since it's humble beginnings in
1992. With over 45,000 members worldwide it is now a large and very
Their telesales staff have regular training sessions in the use of the art materials they sell so that they are able to answer your questions.
They employ around 60 people and the whole place is very efficiently computerised - from the screen that shows what calls are being taken and how many they have had - to the impressive stock control computer system in the warehouse. Orders are sorted into similar sizes and the computer works out the quickest route through the warehouse to collate the orders.
Their own brand paints are made in Leicester & Wales and they also have a factory in Manchester producing paper.
Another impressive machine is the mount cutter - made in Manchester – computer controlled to get the maximum number of mounts from a sheet of board.
After the tour of the warehouse we were shown their recording studio – a veritable battery of cameras & lights.
were asked to make a short video about our group. The usual
difficulty ensued of no-one wanting to be the one to stand in front
of the camera. Eventually it was Mo Teeuw, myself & Janet Jaggs
who performed. Click on the link to view the video
There was a wide range of materials to try out – lots of SAA products as might be expected but a good range of other lines as well. There was a range of discounted, end of line products to buy as well as being able to buy from the catalogue. Consignments of carrier bags of orders kept appearing.
We were all presented with a goodie bag containing samples of paper, a copy of Paint magazine and an oil bar. We were also given a £5 discount voucher against purchases over £30 on the day and the opportunity to enter a draw for an interesting bag of art products ...
…. won by Malcolm Wardlaw of our group. Much to our disappointment we were reminded to hand back the handy A5 clipboard !!
The last item of the day was another demonstration by Anita on capturing an image using just tones. She worked on a black ground with a hard white pastel. We were then given paper & pastel & invited to try for ourselves !!
A good day was had by all and I would recommend any art group thinking about a visit to get one organised. One thing to bear in mind is that it involved a lot of stairs and they have no lift to enable disabled or less able people to visit. We only found this out fairly late in the booking procedure meaning that several of our group had to cancel.
Thanks to Ann Dring from our group for co-ordinating the visit, and from the SAA - Gemma who organises these visits, Richard who told us all about the SAA and showed us round the warehouse & Anita who demonstrated the products - plus all the other staff we met who were so welcoming.
selection of photos taken on the day by the SAA :-
The 'Discover Lincolnshire' weekend and Strawberry Glass
Saturday and Sunday the 22 and 23 March 2014 have been designated Discover Lincolnshire weekend. All sorts of Heritage sites, many of which are not usually open to the public, will be inviting visitors. As a heritage craft, SAACS member Gillian Wing will be open to visitors at her Studio on Sunday 23 March, 10am to 4pm. Also on Sat 22 March Gillian will be demonstrating at Ayscoughfee Hall in Spalding and her partner David will be demonstrating there on the Sunday.
The Strawberry Glass Studio is at:
Unique Cottage Studios
Fulney Lane South
Spalding PE12 6FA