Newsletter - July 2014

Greetings to members and friends of our Thames Society of Arts.

As many of you will know, Gin has stepped down as President, and I have been asked by your committee to take her place. I don't think anyone can replace such a colourful and enthusiastic person, as Gin, but will give it a go. We have a great committee behind us, and our meetings are certainly not boring – a lot of laughs, along with much creative input.

For those who don't know me, I am Phillipa Christie, painter, gardener, housewife, and lover of all the arts. I was here as a youngish (?) person when the Society was formed, and was secretary of the Steering committee set up to form a Society. I am not over the hill yet, believe it or not, but Secretary Peter assures me I'm getting there. So that is me.

I must thank Gin for her work for us as President. It's not an easy job, and she made it fun. Thanks must also go to Tania Crook for her long hours of work as treasurer. She has handed over to our new treasurer, Skotty Neilson. It has taken a long time to get this transfer done. Thanks to Skotty for taking this on.

This brings me to the point where I must apologise to those members who have sold work, and not been paid. This has been an embarrassing time for us as committee. It was mainly due to change of treasurer, new accounting system, and computer. We would like to thank those of you who have been so understanding of the situation, and assure you all that it is now in hand.

The Thames ARTbeat Exhibition (previously Grand Promenade) opens at 6p.m on
21/11/14 runs to 4 p.m on 7/12/14. This is an exhibition of work by invited artists, both local and further afield. We have some exciting work for this. Painting, Ceramics, Wood, Sculpture, Fibre Art, Photographic art. and Jewellery.

Do go and see the Annual Art Exhibition at the Thames Library which is on NOW. Well done Dennis Raines and his helpers, once again. This is a very popular and affordable exhibition, so think of an early purchase for Xmas presents. What could be nicer than a local scene by a local artist.

I hope to meet up with you at the gallery some time..............