Continuing with our feature ‘Meet the Artist’ our new star is Angie McCall.
Many of you will know Angie McCall who has been a member of The York Art Society for over twenty years and programme secretary for several of those; she is proud to have served as our President for four years until June 2016 and it is doubtful that any member can boast the record of achievements that Angie does. Now settled in the stimulating artist’s paradise of North Yorkshire she enjoys quiet and well deserved retirement.
Those in the society that I have spoken to speak very highly of Angie both as a person and as an encouraging leader and mentor; as our President and Programme secretary she worked hard to break down many of the anachronistic barriers to new members and new methods and encouraged members of the committee to think forward rather than protect the past. She was a ‘doer’ and a ‘hands on’ fixer. One member remembers an occasion when a demonstrating artist failed to turn up; Angie immediately jumped into her car and returned, equipment in hand, to deliver the demonstration herself: “one of the best demonstrations we have had” said my informant. Another informant said that “as a new member Angie was always encouraging and helpful with her comments”.
Although renowned for her watercolour flower portraits, Angie still loves experimenting with other mediums including silk painting, acrylics, mixed media, and collage, all across a wide spectrum of subjects. She has successfully exhibited at many locations throughout the country including the Westminster Gallery in London, the Scarborough Biennial Exhibitions at the Crescent Gallery, The Pannett Gallery at Whitby, The Ferens Gallery at Hull and the Helmsley and Ripon festivals. For eleven years, she exhibited with the International Guild of Artists at Ilkley where her work was highly commended.
Born in Leamington Spa she moved to Coventry when she was seven years old and her passion for art and creativity has been with her from that very early childhood. She studied textile design and printing at Birmingham and Coventry Colleges of Art and showed an obvious flair for textile design.
Angie even involved herself in theatrical performances; in 1995 she was commissioned to create some giant sized poppies made from handmade paper for the production of Somerset Maugham’s ‘For Services Rendered’ at the Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough and has assisted in other theatrical productions. In 1998Angela was made a Full Member of the British Watercolour Society and in June 2002 was made a Fellow of the International Guild of Artists. She received the Canson Award for the most discerning artist and the British Society of Painters Award in March 2005 and in December of that year was awarded the Daler Rowney award for an artist of true merit.
Her first solo exhibition was in April 2001 with ‘Waltz of the Flowers” at Nunnington Hall. This was part of the celebrations to mark the National Trust’s Year of the Garden. She was invited to return there in June 2002 with her latest collection of work. Her work was also selected for publication in September 2002 issue of the Leisure Painter and again when she won an award for her painting of Pickering’s Art Store.
On numerous occasions, Angela’s work has been selected for the Artist’s Section at Patchings National competition organised by the Artist’s Publishing Group. These works have been displayed at their annual Festival in Nottinghamshire. In 2005/7/9. In 2011 her piece ‘Haunted Garden’ was selected and received the Daler Rowney Award.
For five years, she was Chair of the Vale of Pickering Art Club and was actively involved in fund raising for the Memorial Hall Pickering for which, in 2005, she received an award from Ryedale District Council. Her work has included eleven successful art exhibitions featuring the work of Yorkshire Artist’s workshops and ‘Big Draw’ event October 2004. Until recently Angela ran painting workshops for various organisations together with her own group ‘Busybrushes Painting for Pleasure’ encouraging others to ‘have a go’ with her unbridled enthusiasm and passion for painting. She has also exhibited in the Helmsley Arts Centre and the North York Moors Danby Visitors centre. She is also an elected member of the Fylingdales Group of artists who show annually at the Pannett Gallery in Whitby.