Newsletter - October 2014

Dear Members,

Welcome to our new members who have joined us over the last month. Hope you enjoy the various activities the Society offers, and we will welcome your input.

At the moment, the pressing concern for the committee is the invited artists’ exhibition “ARTbeat”. This opens to the public on the 22nd Nov. The official opening is 6 p.m. Friday 21 Nov. We have a fantastic group of artists and artisans from the Coromandel and beyond, so please put the word out there that this is a “not to be missed” show. We hope the revenue from sales will make all the hard work worthwhile.

We may have some exciting things happening soon. As you all know, we are very short of space for the painters in the Soc. We need to deal with this, so we can start organising workshops. Not only for the painters but others, such as a felting workshop which is in the offing. Music and Drama are also suffering from lack of space so we are working together towards a solution that suits us both. More on this later, but we hope it is on the way to being solved.

Our Wednesday Group of artists and potters were hosts to the staff and pupils of Matatoki School and judging by the intriguing letters of thanks , they were really interested in what they saw. Many thanks to the members who showed such patience and kindness with the children.

If there are any painters out there interested in a workshop by a top watercolour artist, there is one coming up by Bernadette Parsons. Please contact Jeanne-Marie –email is –jmcantereau@gmail.com-- if you would like to take part in this. She will have dates and price.

Thank you to the members who have been interested enough to send us their thoughts and ideas, and also some valid criticisms. I can assure you, these are all taken seriously, and discussed at Committee.

We were saddened to learn of Patrick Greens' death. Patrick had a stroke some weeks ago, and died in Coromandel, he was such a wonderful artist, and his sense of colour always to the fore. R.I.P Patrick.

Don't forget, we have a steamer for use of silk painters. This can be hired from the Society. Also the screens --- one side of these are also for rent, when space allows.

Please also remember all paintings must have large D rings and cord on the back ready to be hung. The volunteers at the gallery are not asked to do this, it is up to the exhibitor to provide.

The summer exhibition is coming up so do have some new work ready for it. This is the most lucrative time sales wise.

The fair on the 7th Dec is going to be a cracker. Helen and Kathryn have been working solidly on this for the last few months, and have some exciting things happening. There will be nonstop entertainment, food, and all the stalls full of a wonderful array of handcrafts. Just right for Xmas gifts.

Please remember, work has to be taken out of the gallery before the ARTbeat exhibition. And also--- the date for receiving the exhibits at the gallery is the 17th and 18th Nov.

Debs MacDonald Brown has done an enormous amount of work to make her Steam Punk Happening come into being, during the Festival of the Arts. This is going to be a first for Thames, and an Occasion with a capital O...

I believe Jacobs Ladder is the next to receive the attention of the Paint Fairies. Painted, I hear, in the harmonic colours of the bollards and fence in Beach rd.

Hope the next month is a good one for you all.

Phillipa,
President
THAMES SOCIETY OF ARTS INC.