March 2019 Newsletter
Dear Art Club Members
This year is the 40th in the Club’s history and with membership at an all-time high, we really have something to celebrate along with the quality and diversity of our members’ work.
Following our recent AGM, I thought I’d take the opportunity to let you know some of the things that have been planned for the year and to say a few words about the future direction of the Club.
Firstly, and on behalf of members, I’d like to say a big thank you to the retiring members of our committee, Ralph, Paul and Trish. Each has made significant contributions to the running of the Club, helping everything to run smoothly and efficiently, sometimes sorting out time-consuming issues unseen to most of us, so that events, exhibitions and admin run as smoothly as they do. As you know, the committee is made up entirely of volunteers and their time is given freely and with enthusiasm so I’m sure their efforts are genuinely appreciated by all. I’m also delighted to welcome our more recently-joined Club members and hope you’ll enjoy everything the Club has to offer.
Secondly I’d like to thank the Club for having the confidence to appoint me as Chair and I shall do my best to keep the Club going in the direction that Ralph and the committee have steered in the last few years. With the help of Katie as Vice-Chair and Carol, our new Secretary joining the existing committee members I’m confident we have a team that will ensure a healthy, friendly and successful future.
As ever, we have a full programme of activities for everyone to join in, including our regular Spring Lunch and Annual Trip to see some interesting artworks. The portrait workshops that proved so popular last year are starting again this month and will continue on a monthly basis until the winter. We shall also be organising some special painting and drawing days on a variety of subjects – flowers, landscapes, pets and animals, buildings and so on. Interest in life drawing has emerged as a very popular subject and we shall be looking to extend these regular sessions later in the year.
Spring Lunch in the Peter Hall is always well attended and a chance for us to spend time socialising, particularly with some of our newer members who will no doubt be warmly welcomed to this and other regular activities over the year.
Jenny Delahaye has organised a really good variety of speakers and demonstrations for our monthly meetings so do check out the website for details to ensure you don’t miss something you might find of interest.
The main event of this year is of course our 40th Annual Exhibition and we’re expecting a record number of entries across a wide range of subjects. The standard seems to get better every year and we receive many compliments from visitors and local residents about how much they enjoy the show. So if you’ve not yet started on your submissions, now is the time to get the paints and brushes out to avoid last minute panics and produce work that is entirely to your satisfaction. And remember, we also have our one-day show on Bank Holiday Monday, 27th May so have your early entries ready to bring along in the morning.
As a member, it’s important that you feel able to have input to what the Club does and how it works. If you have suggestions for workshops, classes, exhibition trips or anything that would be of interest, please fell free to contact members of the committee. After all, the Club is keen to be successful and looking to the future it’s essential that we have as much input as possible for involvement in our programme of events.
Finally, a word about the BSAC website, www.budleighsaltertonartclub.org.uk
Do visit regularly to keep up to date with what’s going on. There are regular news updates, reports on classes and workshops, interesting articles and notices of art-related subjects around the area.
This year we have many things in the pipeline so let’s make it a successful 40th Ruby Anniversary and a year to enjoy.
Best wishes and happy painting.
Happy New Year to one and all!
The Art Club membership is now at it’s highest level, so may I wish a very warm welcome to all of the new members who have joined us recently.
Don’t forget, that in addition to our regular monthly meeting which takes place the last Wednesday of every month (excepting August or December) in the Peter Hall, we have recently started a “Drop In” Workshop each second Wednesday of the month in the Temple Methodist Hall from 1.30-5.30 pm. The popular Portrait Workshops continue to be well supported and take place monthly.
This years Calendar of Events will be issued as a hard copy at the January monthly meeting, available on our website www.budleighsaltertonartclub.org.uk and we will send out as an attachment to everyone who uses email. It is obviously subject to amendments, so I would encourage you to look at the club website which also has more detail of each demonstrator, has latest news and interesting articles to read. Please submit anything that you feel would be of interest to club members to either John Washington or Julie Bingham and they can post on the website.
We have our AGM in February and at this time we are still looking for a Chairman, Exhibition Secretaries and Speaker Secretary. So if anyone wants to volunteer or indeed discuss these or any of the committee roles then please let us know. We really must not rely on the same group of people to run the club, it is YOUR club so can I encourage you to actively get involved. The retiring committee members will happily give you as much support as you need so don’t be afraid to come forward.
Can I also remind new members (less than 5 years in the Club) who have not yet won any awards, that each year we have the Bill Cockerill Award which is voted on by members from paintings brought along to the AGM for judging. So if you have a painting which you would like to show, bring it along.
Can I ask everyone attending the January meeting and/or the AGM to arrange to pay their membership dues either by cheque (pre-written payable to BSAC) or cash at those meetings and am happy to confirm that the subscription for 2018-2019 will remain at £20 per member. This figure does not include either the drop-in workshops or portrait workshops, which are £3 per session, payable on the day. We will have the Peter Hall open from 9.30am for both meetings, to allow time to get the membership subs collected. This years membership booklet will be compiled and printed after the AGM, once the membership details are confirmed and subs have been collected. The Calendar of Events will NOT be included and will be handed out separately as detailed above.
We are in early discussions with the Fairlynch Museum to see how we can help them to have the original Millais “Boyhood of Raleigh” painting displayed there during the Summer months. It normally resides in the Tate Museum and our museum are thrilled to be able to have it on loan. They are in the early stages of scoping out the scale of what might end up as a larger exhibition, so as soon as we have more details, we will pass them on.
We also have an exciting opportunity related to this years Budleigh Literary Festival.
Members of the BS Art Club are invited to submit an entry for an internal competition to design the front cover for this year's Literary Festival's Brochure. This will be the 10th year of the Festival and its Artistic Director, Annie Ashworth, would like to encourage the involvement of the local community in this anniversary. The content of the cover should reflect the nature of the Budleigh landscape and might indicate some connection with the literary background (but this is not essential). Examples of previous brochures can be seen on the website or please talk to Ralph or John.
Entries must be in portrait format.
The winning artist will be invited to a drinks reception and given two complimentary tickets to attend the lecture following it. There will be an acknowledgement of the artist and the BS Art Club inside the brochure.
Entries must be submitted by the time of the Art Club's meeting on 28th March: either take them to Roger Bass, 14 Victoria Place, Budleigh Salterton EX9 6JP at any time (phone 01395 444296) or bring them to the Art Club meeting on the 28th March.’
The display of members artwork at Bicton College library has been a real success and has had great feedback, so if you would like to have your work on show, then please talk to John Washington who is in communication with the college.
Don’t forget this is your club, so if you have any ideas, questions or observations on how you think we could improve or expand our activities then please let us know. But be prepared to lend a hand, don’t expect someone else to do it for you.
Let’s all have a happy and productive 2018! Happy painting!!
Ralph Bingham - Chairman