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Art group gives ‘God of the Three Brooks’ a face

Posted on Saturday 30th March 2019 at 9:42 pm by SH (Editor)

Landscape (watercolour) by Sue Kelly. Trolletheus, God of Three Brooks (acrylic), by Susan Hartry.

A chance encounter between Susan Hartry of the Stokes Art Group (SAG) and Sara Messenger of the Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group (TBNCG) last spring sparked an idea for an art project. Sara explained that just as the River Severn has Sabrina Goddess of the River, the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve has a God called Trolletheus – named after two rusted and battered supermarket trolleys she and the TBNCG Team had dredged from the lake some time earlier. Susan picked up on this and suggested giving Trolletheus a face as a SAG project competition later in the year. Sara liked the idea and even agreed to judge it with adoption papers at the ready!

Both passionate about their respective groups, they soon realised they greatly complimented each other. After all, conservationists maintain our landscape and for centuries artists have enjoyed painting it!

The competition brief was split into two categories – one to create an image for Trolletheus and the second to create a landscape from any scene or feature from the reserve. The resulting unsigned collection was displayed at the Stokes Art Group end of year awards event, where Sara and fellow conservationist Ceri selected their favourite artwork from each category. Sara was thrilled that finally Trolletheus had a ‘face’ – though the look of surprise on her own face when she announced the artist was Susan Hartry was also worthy of a prize! Inspired by features of the reserve itself Susan’s Trolletheus, armoured with two supermarket trolleys, is based on the Turkey Oaks of Sherbourne’s Brake.

The winning landscape by Stokes Artist Sue Kelly, taken from her own photograph, represents a typical Three Brooks woodland scene familiar to those who go off the beaten track and enjoy the diverse variety of trees, plants, wildflowers and undergrowth found right on our doorstep.

The full collection can be viewed on the 2018 Project page of the SAG website.

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Local art group joins painted pebble craze

Posted on Wednesday 5th September 2018 at 8:53 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo showing a selection of pebbles painted by Stokes Art Group.

Painting pebbles and hiding them out and about is a craze that has swept the nation in recent years, bringing joy to those who paint them, and smiles to those who find them; so this summer, artists at the Stokes Art Group decided to join in the fun and create some of their own!

The idea is to paint a pebble or hand sized stone, write some information on the back of what to do with it once found, then place it somewhere outside for others to find. The information written on the back is the artist’s name or hashtag, and asks the finder to post a photo and message to a particular Facebook group – such as ‘The Stokes Rocks’ or ‘Bristol Rocks’” – then to either keep it or relocate it. Anyone can paint and hide pebbles, and it’s fun to track them – it’s amazing how far some pebbles have travelled – but to track them you need to be a Facebook user, and join the tagged group.

Susan Hartry, admin for the Bradley Stoke based Stokes Art Group, thought it would be a great idea to challenge the Stokes artists to ‘Painting on Stone’ – for this purpose; she explained: “Not only a fun thing to do, and for most members a new surface to paint a mini masterpiece on, but also a fun way of letting people know there is an art group in their area. Also, by tagging the pebbles to another community group on Facebook, ‘The Stokes Rocks’, we can track them, and maybe get other people to paint their own pebbles and join in on the fun.”

More than 30 colourful painted pebbles were placed in random locations throughout all the Stokes and nearby areas at the beginning of the school holidays – including Parkway Station, The Green and Meade Park in Stoke Gifford; The Common playing fields and The Common in Stoke Lodge; the Willow Brook Centre, The Common East, Primrose Bridge, the cycle path near Somerby Close, the leisure centre, the Baileys Court area and the Three Brooks Lake in Bradley Stoke; Patchway Roundabout and Little Stoke Park.

“Obviously not everyone is a Facebook user – and that’s OK – but if finding a cheery pebble painted by a Stokes Art Group member, or anyone else, brings a smile to someone’s face and brightens their day, that’s great!” says Susan.

More: Art group’s autumn sessions start in early September »

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Local art group stages competition inspired by Filton’s aviation heritage

Posted on Monday 19th June 2017 at 9:43 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Sue Jones (left) and Susan Hartry.

Ahead of the highly anticipated new museum opening in late summer, Aerospace Bristol has selected a trio of high-flying artists as the winners of a competition inspired by Filton’s aviation heritage.

Aerospace Bristol was asked to judge the competition by Stokes Art Group, a local community group that covers the six Stokes of South Gloucestershire and surrounding areas. As well as taking pride in their art, the group are extremely proud of the link that many of their members share with the local aerospace industry and were keen to celebrate Concorde’s arrival into her new home at Aerospace Bristol with a competition themed around Filton’s aviation heritage.

Reflecting the story that will be told in the Aerospace Bristol exhibition later this summer, the group produced a collection of 18 artworks depicting aircraft spanning more than a century of fascinating aviation history; from Boxkite biplanes to Concorde and on to the modern day.

After careful deliberation, the three winners chosen by Aerospace Bristol were:

  • Winner: Concorde 2017 Home from Home, by Susan Hartry (watercolour)
  • Runner-up: We Love Concorde, by Sue Kelly (watercolour)
  • Third place: Concorde Assembly Line, by Sara Smith (mixed media)

Working with local people and groups like Stokes Art Group, Aerospace Bristol aims to conserve Bristol’s aerospace heritage and celebrate the world class achievements of our aerospace industry. To play your part in keeping Concorde’s memory alive, visit and give a gift that will help to inspire the next generation of engineers.

Photo: Susan Hartry (right) holds her winning watercolour, which depicts Concorde arriving in her new home at Aerospace Bristol. Stokes Art Group Member Sue Jones (left) shows off the 2nd and 3rd placed artworks.

More: View the prize-winning entries »

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Stokes Art Group launches latest workshop series

Posted on Tuesday 7th January 2014 at 11:07 am by SH (Editor)

Jamie Lockett - Winner of the Stokes Art Group Autumn Competition.

Susan Hartry, of the Stokes Art Group (SAG), is really pleased that a feature in a recent edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine, offering free taster sessions during November, directly lead to several local artists wanting to join the group ready for the start of their 2014 season. Susan said:

“I am always keen to seek out potential members for the SAG. New talent injects new interest which keeps the impetus and enthusiasm at a high – and, not least, it is essential to keep membership numbers ticking over in order to move the group forward. So it was great to meet new artists and see them settle in quickly and comfortably at the Taster Sessions, working away at their own art projects and chatting with regular SAG Members about their art.”

“We are now looking forward to painting with them and adding their masterpieces to our growing collection of fantastic artworks. It’s amazing just how much artistic talent we have on our own patch.”

What we do in our leisure time is always decided by our circumstances at that time, so a group or club’s membership is naturally quite fluid, and as Susan explains:

“Although the SAG is very lucky to have a core of loyal members, it is important to be forward thinking in order to maintain a workable number of members. So if there are any more artists in the Stokes or surrounding areas who might like to try out the Stokes Art Group, please send me an email.”

“SAG hold four seasonal series of workshop sessions each year, so I can advise the best time to join in order to maximise the cost. Our next series consists of seven sessions and starts on Tuesday evening 7th January, or Thursday morning 9th January 2014. We meet at Christ The King Church in Bradley Stoke.”

More: Autumn competition judged by local artist David Mealing »

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