Chairman’s Jottings by Sue Williams
Just before the AGM, I was delighted to accept the post of Chairman. Our thanks go to Tony Rose who bridged the gap to make sure the society continued to function. We now have a very strong committee having filled all the vacant posts. I would like to take this opportunity in thanking Frances Reed, our retiring treasurer, for her stalwart work over the past years. Her input and common sense on the running of the society will be sorely missed. Thank you Frances.
With our refurbished website, the attraction of good demonstrators and workshops, we are going from strength to strength. We hope to organise new opportunities for members to exhibit and sell their work too. We welcome any new ideas that members may have to enrich the society further. Happy painting for 2017 everyone!
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Chairman’s Jottings from Tony Rose
The 2016 exhibition was again held in the Church on the Heath at Elvetham which is a very good venue. Unfortunately, entries were down on last year so the exhibition will incur an overall loss. One of the main purposes of our exhibition is to show the talents of our members and this year the standard was very high so congratulations to all who entered their work.
Half term and the May Bank Holiday meant that a lot of exhibitors were away so in view of this the Committee are looking at a more appropriate date for next year together with other ways the exhibition can be improved.
Nigel Moores, the visiting artist who opened the exhibition, gave some very good hints and tips on painting and exhibiting. Afterwards, he suggested that improved stands would have shown the pictures to better advantage resulting in more sales. The Committee will therefore be giving priority to obtaining new stands for next year’s Exhibition. If you have any ideas regarding this, please get in touch with a committee member.
The committee wished to acknowledge the work and friendship that Peter Forey had given to the society over the many years he was a member. It was decided to have an award in his name for the best landscape and we are pleased that Anita Breckon won this for “Waiting for the Tide”. Well done Anita.
I would like to thank, on your behalf, Jenny Johnson and her team for all the hard work in getting the exhibition off the ground. Well done to you all.
An important note for your diaries is that the September and October meetings will be held in the Church on the Heath, Elvetham as the Church in Kings Road is not available. However the November meeting will be held at St Philip & St James Church, our usual venue.
The Committee and I are pleased to hear that our Treasurer, Frances Reed, is back home following an operation which is hoped to cure her medical problems of the past six months. We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to welcoming her back at the Committee meetings.
Finally, on a personal note, I took up the post of Chairman at last year’s AGM to ensure the continuation of the Society and have acted as figurehead and mediator. However I volunteered purely as a stop gap until such time as a new Chairman was found and I am now pleased to say that Sue Williams has agreed to stand as Chairman with myself as deputy. This proposed change will be put to the vote at the AGM in December.
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