The Independent Artists Group (IAG) Blog

is an International group of just over 200 artists. We run auctions and exhibitions around the world and also communicate online daily to give eachother support and advice. We have created this blog for our news, images, photographs, and updates about our art. Here, we also announce group and individual artist's exhibitions, present artwork for sale and detail other newsworthy items.

Sunday, December 31, 2006

IAG - Independent Artists Group January 9th - 22nd Show - Nottingham, England

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Over thirty top notch Artists from the Independent Artists Group - IAG are showing their Artistic creations at the View from the Top Gallery in Nottingham, England (4th Floor above Waterstones Bookstore). The Gallery showing and sale will be from January 9th through January 22nd.

Exhibition hours are from 9 AM until 7 PM Monday to Saturday and 10:30 AM until 5 PM on Sunday. Then Monday the 22nd, hours will from 9 AM to 12 AM. Opening night private viewing on the 9th includes wine with nibbles and available artist's greetings from 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Saturday January 13th, from 2 PM - 7 PM, there will be an Artists Meet & Greet Public Event which is another chance to meet the artists involved. The art was chosen from submissions for this special event and coordinated by Independent Artists Group leader, Charlotte Thomson of Nottingham.

An International membership group of just under two hundred Artists, countries such as England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and the U.S.A. are represented in this all star event. Thomson formed the group in January of last year when she saw the need for camaraderie amongst International artists working together to assist galleries in placing more Artists in the collectable art spotlight benefitting Artists and galleries alike. The group corresponds online on the Internet daily. The group ranges in age, with Charlotte being the youngest in age at twenty-one, to some well seasoned artists in to their sixties.

As a special added bonus to the showing, there will be concurrently showing art on Ebay. Unique art will be available online to patrons who plug in "IAG" to the Ebay search engines, preferably under the Art or Self Representing Artist's categories. A bevy of works from the Independent Artists will give those not able to attend the live gallery showing a chance at some different art works. A true multi-media event, Thomson points out the extra venue will only add to excitement. "Art viewers will enjoy the opportunity to take advantage of Ebay's bidding format, true yet this will also enable art goers to purchase in two places should they fall in love with an artist's work and want more. Additionally people around the world can buy our art and EVERYONE can email our artists with questions and special requests through the Ebay system during our sale. The gallery is very excited about the interactive format for both the artists and their clients," explains Thomson.

Thomson says the age and mixture makes for really fresh styles. "What makes it fun and exciting to see our exhibitions is the chance to experience all different viewpoints along with the individuality and creative process used by all the Independent Artists." Our group has everything from Realist painters to Expressionists to Impressionists to Watercolourists along with Illustrators, as well as Pen and Pencil Artists", Charlotte explains.

Charlotte Thomson Maeve Wright Paul Bowring Richard Clarke Karin Mear Ken Gillam

Top to Bottom; Art by Charlotte Thomson,
Maeve Wright, Paul Bowring, Richard Clarke, Karin Mear and Ken Gillam

IAG Committee member, Andrew Douse of Coventry says all styles of Art will be shown at the exhibition, "We'll show pop art, abstract, figurative, landscapes, seascapes, illustrative quirky modern stuff, highly decorative art, and even some new loft style art". According to Susan Barton of Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., some of the art will come across the pond in a special journey for the event.

"There are four Independent Artist Group - IAG members who will be represented in this showing from the States. We are excited to support such a great group of fellow artists", Barton exclaims. Selected Artists works from the United States side include artists showing from Illinois, Texas, Tennessee, and Kentucky.

Gaynor 'ArenA' Lewis of Derby says that she feels the public is ready to see such a collection as it is Art that is very current and ready for any kind of collection or decor. "It's appealing for either office or home decorating enjoyment. Collector and connoisseurs of Art will really enjoy this exhibition for it's varying looks, colors and feelings of Artistic expression", explains Lewis. "Our Artists are all very much in tune with Artistic trends and tastes of today's current styles", Lewis adds. In getting a sneak peak of the exhibit, some pieces are quite modern where as others have a hint of nostalgia or even an antique flare about them. No doubt the IAG artists are quite proud of their variety of works on display for this event.


Sally Swingewood Andrew Douse Jan Vallance Susan Barton Lar Shackelford Martin Devine

Top to Bottom; Art by Sally Swingewood, Andrew Douse, Jan Vallance, Susan Barton, Lar Shackelford and Martin Devine


The group prides itself on being called the Independent Artists Group - IAG as like the Webster's Dictionary's definition of independent they are free from influence, control or determination of others with persuasion or bias and are self determined, self confident, and self reliant. They are introspective enough to recognize that being a team player is of benefit but all are rather uniquely rebels for a good cause. In this case of course, the cause being the group itself and it's positive collective energy.

Each Artist brings their own level of experience to the table and the end result is one of professionalism that art goers will surely enjoy during this exposition. Price ranges, are from £40 - £1000, to suit all pockets and collector budgets for everyone from novice collectors to long term art collectors, as well as those looking for unique decorative art.

VIEW from the Top Gallery
Top Floor, Waterstone's
1-5 Bridlesmith Gate
Nottingham NG1 2GR

UK Tel 0845 058 1113

Email: admin@viewfromthetop.co.uk

Saturday, December 30, 2006

IAG 2006 Outstanding Dedication Awards - for Artists

Members of IAG - International Artist's Group who earned the Award for Outstanding Dedication and commitment to the group this year include; Susan Barton, ArenA, Andrew Douse, Lar Shackelford, Maeve and John Wright, Paul Bowring, and Sally Swingewood. The award is an annual honor and presented by Charlotte Thomson following a secret vote.

Look for the IAG banner denoting this high honor in the Artist's Listings, About Me pages, in blogs, on web sites, and where ever IAG artists are being seen!

Many thanks to our special Artists!
- Charlotte Thompson-
IAG - International Artists Group

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Completed Commision

Since moving to TAZBAR I have been busy with a couple of commissions for some of the nice folk on there. Although a new auction site, it already has a wide choice of things to buy, and I have made some great purchases there, as well as selling quite a few of my paintings and prints. Definitely worth a visit if you havent been there yet.

This is a completed commission from a photograph submitted by a client, if you would like to commission a painting don't be afraid to ask, an enquiry is not going to cost you anything so I look forward to hearing from you.




To enquire about a commission
Contact Me

Monday, December 18, 2006

Artist Spotlight

No, not a member of the group but an unsung hero, the graphic designer behind the scenes who has helped us design the new sophisticated look for the group, the new logo and all the flyers and posters for our January Exhibition. A very talented young man (not that I'm biased or anything!) who graduated from Plymouth College of Art and Design this June with a degree in Photomedia and Design Communications (design for print based media to you and I).

He has lent us his talents free of charge and I'm sure we are all incredibly grateful for all the hard work he has put in for us! I know I am. Check out his portfolio and details of the work he has created for us on his website.

David Morley
www.aperfectimitation.co.uk

Thanks Dave!

Charlotte

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Cats Star in New MyTube Video - by Lar Shackelford

Cats at sunset by the sea steal the show in the new MyTube video. Take a look for yourself! Are they waiting to go fishing? Maybe some day they'll have a full length feature.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Success in the View From The Top Christmas Exhibition

In the very last hour of the exhibition one of my paintings sold (YIPEE!!!).
Here it is
City View
You can see more of my work by going to my Etsy Shop
Maeve

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Decorator Colors - 6 Panel Abstract by Lar Shackelford

Click here to see a larger version! Highly textured, this abstract has many surprise elements in it as do many of my paintings. Painted thick 1.5" edges allow for no framing. It's on Auction this week at Ebay. Complimenting pieces are in my store. For even further decorating ideas, check out my Fine Art Shack web site. - Lar Shackelford -

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Paintings In The View From The Top Christmas Show


Bite Me!

Here's one of the paintings I've put in the View from the Top Gallery for their Christmas Exhibition in Nottingham.

This is my tabby cat Chi, (Clint Eastwood) the tabby gun slinger of Freddie Street! He's staring down the barrel of a loaded claw. ‘OK punk, do you feel lucky? Go ahead, bite me, make my day!’I just loved the expression on his face!




After The Hunt

This is Casper, one of my favourite feline friends taking a well deserved nap. He’s a superb hunter, the scourge of the local rodent and rabbit population. Although there are so many rabbits where he lives that some unkind folks have said that all he needs to do is lie down with his mouth open and wait for something to hop in!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Mydepictions - Original Art by Naj Website Featured on about.com Network

Mydepictions - Original Art by Naj website has been featured on the about.com Web Design Gallery and even gets a mention in the article Design ideas don't have to be hard to find by Jenifer Kyrnin(Monday December 4, 2006), about's guide to webdesign/HTML. Helping to raise the profile of the IAG, albeit in a small way!

(For those who dont already know, Naj hand-built mydepictions.co.uk from scratch.)

Naj says: "When I was researching how other artists had designed their web sites, I became very fustrated with slow-loading pages, and I have a broadband connection." With this in mind, Naj set out with the aim to design a simple site with fast page loads and cross-browser compatibility that was both people friendly and search engine friendly. Being an enthusiast hard-pressed for time, she opted to build upon existing HTML knowledge rather than learn style sheets. The end result means the use of slightly old-fashioned HTML and perhaps some compromise on the graphical presentation. The good news is Mydepictions.co.uk can now be found in all the major search engines and enjoys truly world wide visitors every day.

If any of the above terminology has phased you, or you have an interest in building or developing your own web site Naj shares a selection of useful links on her FREE web design resources page. You can see more of Naj's artwork by viewing mydepictions current ebay auctions.

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

IAGers Invade the View from the Top Gallery Christmas Show!

View from the Top Gallery Nottingham was today partially invaded by Independent Artists Group Members (perhaps a trial run for the January Show?!) in perfect timing for their Christmas Exhibition and Show!


The show and 'shopping event'; which runs from Wednesday 6th of December to Sunday 10th of December, was partly orchestrated by IAG group leader (and current acting manager of View from the Top Gallery) Charlotte Thomson and features artwork by our members;

John and Maeve Wright,
Paul Bowring,
James Baker,
Deb Foster
and Denise Laurent

who made the trip up from London to deliver her paintings in person!



The show features art from many other wonderful artists (possible recruits!) aswell as gorgeous jewellery from makers around the country, handmade sculptural furniture and lamps, handmade dolls, soft furnishings and scarves and much much more to suit every taste and budget! We also have as a special treat a Christmas Shopping Night on Wednesday 6th from 4pm - 8pm with complimentary bubbly and mince pies, this will feature special stalls/tables run by designers & crafts-people (some of whom will return on Saturday and Sunday and be joined by others)! If youre in the area please feel free to drop by, everyone is welcome!



VIEW from the top - 4th floor,
Waterstone's, Bridlesmith Gate,
Nottingham NG1 2GR
For enquiries call me on 07942048159 or email charlotte (at) viewfromthetop.co.uk


Photos of the event will be up on the blog soon!

Charlotte

Monday, December 04, 2006

HOT OFF THE WIRE!


Click here, read more about IAG

Independent Artists Group - IAG, January Sale & Exhibition - January 9th - 22nd, 2007
Over thirty top notch Artists from the Independent Artists Group - IAG are showing their Artistic creations at the View from the Top Gallery in Nottingham, England (4th Floor above Waterstones Bookstore). The Gallery showing and sale will be from January 9th through January 22nd. Exhibition hours are from 9 AM until 7 PM Monday to Saturday and 10:30 AM until 5 PM on Sunday. Then Monday the 22nd, hours will from 9 AM to 12 AM. Opening night private viewing on the 9th includes wine with nibbles and available artist's greetings from 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Saturday January 13th, from 2 PM - 7 PM, there will be an Artists Meet & Greet Public Event which is another chance to meet the artists involved. The art was chosen from submissions for this special event and coordinated by Independent Artists Group leader, Charlotte Thomson of Nottingham.
An International membership group of just under two hundred Artists, countries such as England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and the U.S.A. are represented in this all star event. Thomson formed the group in January of last year when she saw the need for camaraderie amongst International artists working together to assist galleries in placing more Artists in the collectable art spotlight benefitting Artists and galleries alike. The group corresponds online on the Internet daily. The group ranges in age, with Charlotte being the youngest in age at twenty-one, to some well seasoned artists in to their sixties.
As a special added bonus to the showing, there will be concurrently showing art on Ebay. Unique art will be available online to patrons who plug in "IAG" to the Ebay search engines, preferably under the Art or Self Representing Artist's categories. A bevy of works from the Independent Artists will give those not able to attend the live gallery showing a chance at some different art works. A true multi-media event, Thomson points out the extra venue will only add to excitement. "Art viewers will enjoy the opportunity to take advantage of Ebay's bidding format, true yet this will also enable art goers to purchase in two places should they fall in love with an artist's work and want more. Additionally people around the world can buy our art and EVERYONE can email our artists with questions and special requests through the Ebay system during our sale. The gallery is very excited about the interactive format for both the artists and their clients," explains Thomson.

Thomson says the age and mixture makes for really fresh styles. "What makes it fun and exciting to see our exhibitions is the chance to experience all different viewpoints along with the individuality and creative process used by all the Independent Artists." Our group has everything from Realist painters to Expressionists to Impressionists to Watercolourists along with Illustrators, as well as Pen and Pencil Artists", Charlotte explains.

Charlotte Thomson Maeve Wright Paul Bowring Richard Clarke Karin Mear Ken Gillam
Left to Right; Art by Charlotte Thomson, Maeve Wright, Paul Bowring, Richard Clarke, Karin Mear and Ken Gillam
IAG Committee member, Andrew Douse of Coventry says all styles of Art will be shown at the exhibition, "We'll show pop art, abstract, figurative, landscapes, seascapes, illustrative quirky modern stuff, highly decorative art, and even some new loft style art". According to Susan Barton of Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., some of the art will come across the pond in a special journey for the event. "There are four Independent Artist Group - IAG members who will be represented in this showing from the States. We are excited to support such a great group of fellow artists", Barton exclaims. Selected Artists works from the United States side include artists showing from Illinois, Texas, Tennessee, and Kentucky.
Gaynor 'ArenA' Lewis of Derby says that she feels the public is ready to see such a collection as it is Art that is very current and ready for any kind of collection or decor. "It's appealing for either office or home decorating enjoyment. Collector and connoisseurs of Art will really enjoy this exhibition for it's varying looks, colors and feelings of Artistic expression", explains Lewis. "Our Artists are all very much in tune with Artistic trends and tastes of today's current styles", Lewis adds. In getting a sneak peak of the exhibit, some pieces are quite modern where as others have a hint of nostalgia or even an antique flare about them. No doubt the IAG artists are quite proud of their variety of works on display for this event.
Sally Swingewood Andrew Douse Jan Vallance Susan Barton Lar Shackelford Martin Devine
Left to Right; Art by Sally Swingewood, Andrew Douse, Jan Vallance, Susan Barton, Lar Shackelford and Martin Devine
The group prides itself on being called the Independent Artists Group - IAG as like the Webster's Dictionary's definition of independent they are free from influence, control or determination of others with persuasion or bias and are self determined, self confident, and self reliant. They are introspective enough to recognize that being a team player is of benefit but all are rather uniquely rebels for a good cause. In this case of course, the cause being the group itself and it's positive collective energy. Each Artist brings their own level of experience to the table and the end result is one of professionalism that art goers will surely enjoy during this exposition. Price ranges, are from £40 - £1000, to suit all pockets and collector budgets for everyone from novice collectors to long term art collectors, as well as those looking for unique decorative art.

Susan Barton's Plein Air Pleasures

Available January 9th-January 22, 2007 at The View From The Top Gallery in Nottingham, England, Chicago artist Susan Barton will exhibit her serene plein air landscapes at The IAG Exhibition.

Inspired by her love of the surrounding Great Lakes landscape and love of classical music, Susan has painted four distinct plein air landscapes of the Michigan dunes; where the land meets the lake.

Entitled, "The Four Seasons-Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn",the 8x10 oils are presented framed and available for purchase.

"The Four Seasons-Autumn"
8x10 inches, Framed 10.5x12.5 inches
Oil On Canvas
£400

The Four Seasons-Summer"
8x10 inches, Framed 10.5x12.5 inches
Oil On Canvas
£400

The Four Seasons-Spring"
8x10 inches, Framed 10.5x12.5 inches
Oil On Canvas
£400

The Four Seasons-Winter
8x10 inches, Framed 10.5x12.5 inches
Oil On Canvas
£400

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Wall Sculpture Painting

Retro Wall Sculpture Painting Painted to look like 1970's Retro wall sculpture, this 2 pc. 32" x 20" painting is on auction this week. It has a slightly Southwestern flavor in color and goes nicely in a variety of spaces. More of my art is available at my store and you can view some of my latest works at my online galleries.
Art by Lar Shackelford

Friday, December 01, 2006

Siamese Cat and Roses Original Oil Painting by Vera Lucia Emerim



Click Here to see this painting at eBay!