Newsletter February 1st 2021

Dear All, 

Following our recent committee meeting I have lots of information to relay to you but, firstly, I must apologise for not emailing out details of the January competition winners. I forgot that not everyone uses Facebook! The winners were: 1st Peter Robinson 2nd Beatriz Martin-Andrade 3rd Cilla Jackson and 4th Janet Davidson . There were also special mentions for Pamela Robertson, Helen Spence and Liz Craig. Photos of all the winning entries can be viewed in the members area of our website, - the password is ‘artist’ all lower case. 


February  Competition - The title for this month's competition is  ‘ Signs of Spring’.  As usual, the winner of the January competition must sit this February competition out. Your entry should be created specifically for this competition for which any medium is permitted; the painting could be any size you wish, the artwork should be unsigned and the closing date is midnight on the 21st February. All entries should be emailed to me at I shall send a reply to confirm receipt of your painting. If you do not receive this please let me know. 


AGM 2021 - We plan to hold our AGM via Zoom on Thursday 25th March 2021 at 7pm.  The meeting link will be emailed out to all the members on the Monday prior to the meeting. If you would like to attend but have not used Zoom before, please email me and I can explain how it works. 


Committee member nominations - We need 2 new members for our committee – Vice-President and an ordinary member. If you would like to offer your services, or you have someone that you would like to nominate, please forward your or their names to either Jean Le Maitre ( or myself (see above). You may feel that being a committee member is a daunting time-consuming task. However, we try and keep the committee meetings short, infrequent and fairly informal! From personal experience, I have found being on the committee a very rewarding and enjoyable task! The committee members have all been very supportive, and they have, very generously, shared their wealth of experience and knowledge. My time as Vice-President and President has been anything but onerous and it has enabled me to get to know the club and its general membership far better.


Web Manager - Our Current webmaster, Alan Stephens, has done a sterling job in setting up and managing our website and Facebook page to date! However, he now feels it is time to pass on the reins! We therefore are looking for someone to take over the running of both the website and the Facebook page.  If you have any experience of managing a website or if you have a partner who might be interested in taking over the role, again, please forward your name or nomination to either Jean or myself.  Full training on the running of the current sites will be given.


Spring Exhibition - With the current restrictions unlikely to be lifted before the end of February- March, the committee feel that holding an Easter exhibition in early April might be a bit optimistic. We therefore, restrictions permitting, plan to hold a Spring exhibition from 30th April - 9th May 2021. The format will be along the same lines as our Christmas exhibition, with paintings being displayed, fingers crossed, both on-line and in-house.


Membership renewal date - The Committee have decided to move the membership renewal date from March to 1 August 2021. The main reason for this is that August is a quieter time in the Art Club Calendar.  We also feel that it will give new members a more equal opportunity to access classes. The additional 5 months free membership will also go some way to make up for the lack of activity over the last year.


Online  Demonstrations / Tutorials  The  online classes we commissioned last year have been well received,  members though have mentioned that they miss the interaction and personal feed back from the tutors. Given this I am in the process of trying to commission live Zoom workshops . Not all our tutors are au fait with this format but they are very keen to try . Hopefully  by the end of February we will have the first  of these workshops running , I will message everyone once some dates have been agreed.


Lastly please find attached a copy of our recent committee meeting notes for your information.


Thank you for your attention and good luck if you are participating in the competition! 


Moira Mukherjee




Dear Member, our annual Christmas exhibition is fast approaching and I’m looking forward to welcoming those of you who can join us at the preview evening and party on Friday, 6th December. Exhibiting art work can be a very daunting thought but if you have never exhibited your work I would strongly encourage you to consider doing so. If past exhibitions are anything to go by I’m sure the standard will, yet again, be very high. If anyone is still needing assistance cutting mounts, Pam Robertson, as always, is very willing to help any member who would like to acquire the skill of using our mount cutter. You can contact Pam ( or  Jean ( our secretary.


You’ll see from our website that Ailsa has, yet again, organised an excellent selection of classes and workshops for Spring 2020. There are some familiar tutors and one or two new ones and the proposed programme is sure to stimulate your imagination and creativity. Application forms have been e-mailed to all members.

At the President’s evening I suggested visiting the Leonardo 500 exhibition at The Palace of Holyrood House. I’m pleased to say we have had a good number of members who have expressed an interested in this. I shall be contacting those members who are interested with further information shortly.


Since our last newsletter, we have had a full and varied Autumn programme of classes works and talks. Well done to the competition winners - Liz Craig and Brenda Clark. I’d like to say a big thank you to all of you who come along to support the Thursday evening talks, especially in these dark winter months.

Lastly, I must, unfortunately, take this opportunity to yet again raise an ongoing problem with tidiness and general clearing up after a class. I would like to remind all our members who attend the tutored and untutored classes to make every effort to leave your workstation / easel / floor clean and tidy. Please also take time to dispose of your rubbish in the appropriate waste bins. Chris Carter has been doing an admirable job sorting out the bins and recycling but this is not always made easy if rubbish is put in the wrong bin! We, the committee, are aware that on occasions the bins have been overflowing and we are trying to address this issue by ensuring they are emptied on a regular basis. As Art Club members we all need to take responsibility for our own mess and ensure that we tidy up after ourselves leaving the club clean for those coming after us.


Our Spring 2020 classes will begin on 20th January 2020.  Until then I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and happy and prosperous New Year.
Moira Mukherjee, President

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