Competitions:

 "Mastering the Light' competition" - judging on Thursday 17th Oct ( M. Holden)

"River deep, Mountain high' competition" - judging on Thursday 7 Nov ( W. Galloway)

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St Andrews Art Club Autumn Newsletter 2019 

Dear Members,

            I hope you have all had a good summer and have been making the most of the sunny weather.

             A warm welcome to all our new members.  It has been nice to see so many of you already participating in the classes and the recent exhibition. I hope that you find the art club a friendly place. If you’re not one of those who have undertaken a class or exhibited recently I would like to say don't be shy; the club benefits from a very wide range of artistic abilities and we are all here to enjoy learning and practising!

            The Summer Exhibition was again of a very high standard and showcased work of our very talented art club members. Of our 165 members, 59 chose to exhibit their work. In total 47 works were sold which was an excellent result. A big thank you to all the artists, invigilators and the committee for the huge task of getting together the initial forms and labels, advertising, erecting the screens, hanging the paintings and overseeing the exhibition. Those of you that have had experience of this will know what a colossal task these behind the scenes tasks are! A big thank you also to Chris Carter (and his helpers) for moving of signage on a daily basis.

            Painting St. Andrews in a Day was enjoyed by all those who took part.  At the end of the day those participating were treated to a delicious afternoon tea of scones and cream cake courtesy of our Vice President Maureen Duggan. Andrew Parry kindly judged the competition entries and Anne Eadie was the lucky winner.  The committee will be looking at whether we should continue with this competition in its current format as there appears to be a reluctance of our members to participate in painting en plein air!

            Ailsa has been working hard to secure tutors / artists to undertake a wide a variety of classes , workshops and evening talks for you to enjoy. Hopefully you will find a class or workshop that you would like to sign up for.  You should hear from Jean and Alan in mid August.  Alan will contact everyone to confirm which classes and workshops you have been successful in before the class begins. Ailsa will contact all participants before the class or workshop to detail any materials that you may need. Please acknowledge receipt of her message and contact her if you haven't received information. Don't forget that the untutored sessions are a great way to use the club and meet other members.  

             Thursday evening meetings begin on 19th September with the President's Welcome . As in past years we’ll be holding our Summer Painting Competition so please bring any artwork that you have been busy with over the summer to be judged for prizes.  Please remember that work should be unframed and unsigned as for all Art Club competitions.  I should like to appeal to all our members to please try to support these evenings. The speakers and demonstrations are excellent. The discussion is always friendly and informative and we are normally finished by 9pm at the latest. A copy of the Autumn syllabus will be posted on the club notice board, and on our website (www.standrewsartclub.co.uk).    If you are on Facebook please like/follow St Andrews Art Club and as members please use this site to show your work, introduce us to new artists and keep in contact with the club. As always a big thank you to Alan Stephens for undertaking all our IT tasks.

            We have 2 competitions coming up before Christmas, the topics being Mastering the Light & River Deep, Mountain High.  You  will be notified of the exact dates of these in due course. Just to remind everyone that the member who wins one of our 4 annual competitions (Autumn & Spring) cannot enter again within that same year (March AGM - March AGM). This does not apply to the St Andrews in Focus. Summer Painting or Painting St. Andrews in a Day competitions which will always be open to every member.

            If you have any ideas for classes and workshops, or any general comments, please leave a message in the comments book.  The committee do take your ideas and comments seriously and any entries are always discussed at our committee meetings. If you have a more urgent matter to raise please contact myself or any of the other committee members.

            Some members of the committee will, in the not too distant future, be due to stand down. Any member who would like to join the committee please let us know.  It is good fun and good to do your bit for the club.

            We have had an email from a Charlotte Jagger at Cambo where an Arts programme is being developed. Their aim is to engage and work with local arts groups.  They are also offering the opportunity to hire out their workshop / studio space for your own classes. And they are offering exhibition spaces in their shop for 6 week periods free of charge. They have started an artist in residence scheme where artists can go and paint in the gardens and display their work in the visitor centre. If any member is interested please contact Charlotte directly at charlotte@cambogardens.org.uk

            Lastly, I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible, with your art work, on the 19th September.

 

Thank you. Yours.

Moira Mukherjee, President                           moiramukherjee@aol.com Tel :-07794563454


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