Feb news letter

In this issue:
February’s Talk
New members
Art Cafe Melksham Exhibition 2019/Hillworth Park Cafe Exhibition
Other Member Exhibitions
Plein Air Places Open
Oxfam’s visit
March’s Demonstration and April’s Critique
February Talk:
Past Chairman, Alan Padwick OBE, who did so much for our Society during his long
reign, gave us a keenly researched insight into our namesake, Sir Thomas Lawrence.
Through a talk, beautifully punctuated by images of the artist and his work, plus
contemporary colleagues and theirs, Alan, with wife Sarah on projection, drew us into
this remarkable young man’s world; from sketches in pencil to famous oils that hang
in Windsor Castle’s Waterloo Room and other fine houses here and abroad.
Starting with his birth in Bath, to a fiscally challenged Publican Father and a Mother
of 16 children, sadly, only 8 survived, with this small genius as one; we followed his
arrival in Devizes, at The( Black )Bear Hotel and Thomas’ growth in age and stature.
This was furthered by the great and the good as they sought him out, even before he
was 20, by choosing to come via this town on the way to Bath from London, to have
their portraits done by this talented young man.
Alan showed us Thomas providing a living for his family here and later in Bath and
then London; during which we caught glimpses of a precocious talent at work and in
love, in the heady society circles of the times. From hardship, to recognition by The
Royal Society and eventual full membership and Chairmanship, becoming the
Darling of the well-to-do, for his unique way of capturing likeness’ of children, adults
and seniors, imbuing these with a living soul, something few artists manage.
Our grateful thanks to Alan and Sarah( his beautiful assistant ) for an evening to
treasure and memories to hold up for Sir Thomas Lawrence our Societies namesake.
We particularly wish Alan a full recovery from his recent illness and surgery.

New Members
This month we welcomed three new members to take our membership to 122:
Karen Lawrencebright
Terri Card
Peter Meacock

Oxfam’s Visit selling used fames, prints, books was a fine success. Next one May.

Melksham Cafe Art Exhibition February 2019
February is the month to make time to go to Melksham Art Cafe and see the 60 pieces
of our member’s work, as well as be tempted by the brews and fresh foods available.
Reminder – Removal of hangings at 5pm, Sunday the 3rd of March.
Sales Fees – 20% on sales up to £100, 25% 0n those over £100.

Hillworth Park Cafe
A new range of member’s work was put up in January. Even more reason to make any
day a good one to go into the warmth there, enjoy a cuppa & view the art.
March is the next change of work due. Please contact Jill Goatman if you’d like
to have your work in there.

Other Member Exhibitions: David and Yvonne Auld and friends at The Pound
Corsham, until 12th March
Julie Weir’s solo exhibition – The Court Street Gallery,
Trowbridge, until March 9th

Also Note: Participation in The Urchfont Group’s Art Exhibition, which co-insides
with the village’s fabulous Annual Scarecrow Trail, can be applied for by Lawrence
members. See their website or Sheila Weller to apply.

Our First Plein Air Painting Session

Will be on Tuesday 21st May from 9.30- 12 cost £5, coffee provided.
At Caen Hill Community Farm near Poulshot. They are a charity that offers work
experience for people who cannot manage normal work. There are large sheds with
animal pens, so shelter if needed. Free roaming hens, pens with pigs, goats, sheep.
Cows in the field and lots more to paint like old buildings and farming equipment.
Numbers would be useful for refreshment purposes please. See/ring Jean Perrett.

March Meeting Demonstration
Dee Cowell will be demonstrating her take on Mixed Media Painting.
You’ll be inspired by this international artist, as she creates an African Scene for us.
Having lived in Zimbabwe, South Africa and The Far East, she has much that has and
continues to inspire her work.

April’s Critique Meeting Advice
This is an open event for you to bring your work in for all the members to see and
have them looked at by popular Artist, Max Hale. He will constructively give a
qualified analysis of each, taking about three minutes per work.
Max requests that each painting has a working title, so remember your painting.
Finally:

Bulb stems rising, blooming, reminding us that sunshine days are growing longer;
Spring is close.
Your Committee

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