I feel it’s right and proper to go to the experts.

Studio 99 is going quite well at the moment.  All the teaching groups are settled and happy and our recent Open Day was very successful – it worked as we intended, which was to have people come to the Studio and look at paintings in a relaxed, informal way without feeling awkward.  We aimed to make it a sociable event, with opportunities for everyone to meet up with friends and other like-minded people, have coffee and cake and have a look through some art books.

Many people ask me if I make the cakes.  Sadly, my skills at baking are not up to providing cake on this scale.  Whenever there is an Open Day or a Charity Exhibition (more details of our next one later) I head out to Ivybridge Farmers Market – every Friday morning from 8.30 am in the Scout Hut in a corner of the car park.  Members of the Women’s Institute make and sell the cakes here.  I feel it’s only right and proper and we owe it to our students, friends and customers to go to the experts for our cake!  For those who like to know these things, the coffee and walnut cakes are by far the most popular and I always buy a lot of them.

After the Open Day we treated ourselves to a delicious meal at the Barbican Kitchen in Southside Street in Plymouth. They offer a 3 course Express Menu until 7 pm.   The Express Menu is first class and within our price range!

Our next Event will be a Charity Exhibition over 2 days on a weekend in aid of the local branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).  We have supported them over a number of years and have got to know many of their volunteer fundraisers and officers. They usually come along to our Event with an array of RNLI merchandise and help out with the draw.

Keep up to date with all our events and art workshops by clicking here - Paul Acraman Artist’s Facebook Page.

We would love to welcome you at Studio 99 this Saturday.

What fantastic sunshine over the weekend!  Paul and I managed a good balance of some work and some play.  We had a cold swim in turquoise sea off a deserted beach, and then the next day met up with many good friends for a crazy, choppy swim off Wembury, which has been totally altered thanks to last month’s storms.  There are many rocks exposed – not welcome for bare toes – and huge banks of shingle, sand and seaweed on the beach.

We have been busy preparing for our Open Day next weekend.  We are planning to hold these open days regularly over the year.  These events are an opportunity to come along and meet the artist, see his studio and current work and have a coffee and some cake.  As we are not open during regular 9-5 business hours, we thought this would be an ideal and sociable way of allowing people to come to the studio and have a look around in a non-threatening manner!  We would love to welcome you this Saturday any time between 11 am and 4 pm.  The address is Studio 99, Elliott Road, Faraday Mill Business Park, Plymouth PL4 0ST.  There is parking outside the Studio and on nearby one-way streets.  Additionally many buses stop along Embankment Road, a short walk away.  Click HERE to find the Open Day Facebook event.

We are looking to hire out Studio 99′s bright open space to other groups when we are not using it ourselves:  art societies, WI groups, U3A meetings etc. Saturday would be an ideal opportunity to see the potential as it will be set up partly as tuition and partly as exhibition space.

Paul is also busy preparing his Spring One-Day workshops over the Easter break.  There are 6 weekday workshops, and we are also offering 2 Saturday workshops aimed at beginners and refreshers.  We thought these weekend workshops would enable those people who have work commitments in the week to come along and enjoy Paul’s expert tuition!  These workshops cost £25 each and are from 10 am to 4 pm on the first 2 Saturdays of April – ‘Learn to Draw Landscapes’ and ‘Pen & Watercolour Sketching’ – just right to set you up for a glorious summer of sketching outdoors.   Click on this link to find out more:   Spring 2014 SATURDAYS