Saturday Talks

The Spring series of Saturday talks have been very well attended. Having gone back to our usual room at the Pavilion the arrangement has worked much better.
March’s demonstration by Valerie Briggs was a masterclass in drawing animals. She took us through the techniques and equipment she uses. Then proceeded to draw a fantastic hare while explaining all the steps as well as providing us a lot of information regarding the fur patterns and the need for keen observation.
April’s demonstration by Val Ridler took us through the techniques of using gouache and then applying pastels for texture.

Nikki Stait has recently taken over the booking of artists for our demonstrations. She has arranged the
schedule for the rest of the year is as follows:
20th May Richard Crabtree Dogs – Pastels
17th June Cheryl Clayton Animals – Pastels
16th September Tim Wilmot Boats – Watercolour
21st October Mike Skidmore Portraits – Oil
18th November Stoney Parsons Abstract Landscapes – Acrylic

Our Saturday Talks have always been punctuated with a cup of tea, the arrangements for which have been looked after for many years by Heather and Audrey. They have done a fantastic job but now need to hand this role over to someone else. The role can be done by the same people on a regular basis or we can set up a rota of a few people. Please get in touch if you can help with this. If we are
unable to find volunteers we will have to change to an arrangement where there is either no drink provided or people bring their own.


Arrangements are now well in hand for our exhibition at the National Trust’s Hidcote Manor Gardens. This is part of the Trust celebrating 75 years at Hidcote and 27 of our members will have the opportunity to exhibit at this popular venue.
The Hidcote Exhibition will run from 3 June to 10 July.
We have also booked two further exhibitions later in the year:

  • The Victoria Hall in Bourton-on-the-Water on 7 – 9 August.
  •  Lower Slaughter Village Hall on 20 – 26th September

Invites to take part in these exhibitions will be issued closer to the time.

Coffee Mornings

Our coffee mornings previously proved to be a popular innovation but were one of
the victims of the Covid pandemic. Earlier this year we restart these using the
facilities at the Whaddon Bowls Club. This venue does provide our own space and
the opportunity to include additional activities into the coffee mornings. While
about a dozen members have attended the coffee mornings these numbers are a
bit lower than we had hoped. We have decided not to hold these coffee mornings
during the Summer months, so they will not take place from May through to
August. We will look to re-start the coffee mornings in September. We would welcome any feedback or
ideas as to how we can make the best of these and provide members with a further opportunity to
socialise and discuss their work. Please drop me a line with any thoughts/suggestions.


Barbara Jeffers has recently taken over the Club website and made a number of improvements. Please have a
look at the website at Members can have provide information and have their artists
profile published on the website. We are also happy to include relevant information about members art

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