Newsletter: September 2016

** NEXT MEETING: PAMELA STONE: ON PORTRAITURE  SEPTEMBER 27th, 7.00pm, in THE PARISH CENTRE  Pamela will show how she starts a portrait and demonstrate how to make eyes, the nose and the mouth look alive. She works in watercolour in an unusual way, which takes many layers to get the final result. So she will be unable to finish her painting during the evening, but will bring along finished paintings for us to see. Please do come along and join us on the first demonstration of the season. Bring along a friend, visitors are always welcome, and there is always time to chat during the tea interval. So see you there!


Committee The committee met on 26th July Subscription increase and Questionnaire. 20 replies were received – all stated they were happy with the £20 increase in subscription. About 70% agreed to visitors fees increase to £5 the remainder suggested £4. Only 4 people indicated they would like to attend a new painting group. To make it viable financially and sustainable we would really need about 10 and those would need to agree a time and date to suit all so the committee felt it was not the time to pursue this. Comments from some members included wishing to see a varied programme with other aspects of art not just painting and drawing. A question on change of venue was received, this was also mentioned at the AGM, the committee is actively investigating the possibilities but no action will be taken without members agreement. We will be voting on the subscription and visitors increase in September to make if official. Please see the annual renewal notice in this Newsletter for more details. The programme was completed with just one vacancy to fill. You will get your card when you pay your subscription. A group has been formed to organize the Exhibition which will run from Tuesday 30th November to Saturday 10th December 2016. Set up will take place on Sunday and Monday prior to the opening. More details soon. Two members have retired from the Tuesday morning painting group and two on the waiting list have ben invited to join. The committee will meet next on 1st November 2016


Subscriptions You will receive the subscription renewal form shortly. As the questionnaires received said all agreed to the £20 it was felt by the committee that members could make the payment for this amount despite the vote not having been taken until the September meeting. Many people pay on the night so this will cause no problem – those who like to pay in advance may like to pay the increase anyway in the probability of it being passed. The renewal form will be worded to take this into account.


The John Palmer Competition June 2016 Jake Sutton, well known artist, came and judged all the entries. Paintings were a high standard and he commented on each one in a friendly and constructive way. The winner of the trophy was Nadja and Pat was runner up. As Nadja was unable to be present Pat accepted it on her behalf and was herself presented with a bottle of wine. Jake also chose four other paintings for an award and presented Jim, Pip, Heather and Sylvia with copies of his latest book. The evening was a great success and was enjoyed by members and the Trustees of John Palmer’s Estate who had made the finance available for not only the trophy but the new display exhibition screens as well. The competition will be repeated again next year and it is hoped grow become an annual special event and highlight of the programme.