Bearing in mind current concerns over Coronavirus, it is with regret that our Kingsgate Shopping Centre Gallery will close for a spell after after today’s opening (14th March).
We take this action to reduce avoidable risk for both our members, who to a large extent fall into the section of the community identified as susceptible, and our art loving public.
On Tuesday 31st March, the club will host a watercolour and pen demonstration by Josephine Gillespie. The subject for the demo is not known at this time although Josephine is well known to the club having given a demonstration and a workshop here three years ago. The event will run from 7.00pm through 9.00pm for which there will be a fee of £3 payable (in advance, if possible) to Annette Burgess. Members wishing to attend should place their name on the list on the club noticeboard at Townhill. To see more of Josephine’s work have a look at her Facebook Page here
This problem is likely to get worse before it gets better. We have to accept that the membership of our Art Club, because we tend to be older, is one of the groups that could be at risk from the virus. We believe that Club members have the responsibility to look after themselves and give due consideration to other members of the Club. Some of you may have underlying health problems that may make you extra vulnerable and we expect that you will make your own decisions about your own risks in attending the Club.
In order to help protect ourselves from infection, which may or may not happen, we should now be much more vigilant with our hygiene procedures. We are aware that health advice may change as the situation develops.
By following the advice given, i.e. regular hand washing, the use of tissues etc., we can help to protect ourselves.
If you have any cold or flu like symptoms please wait until you feel better before you come to the Club
Wash your hands on entering the Studio and on leaving and keep washing your hands with either soap and water or an alcohol based cleanser
Other things that we can do which should help:
Bring your own reusable cup or mug and other utensils when you come to the Club and take it/them home to wash
Avoid coughing or sneezing around people, us a hanky or tissue
Give your table a wipe down before you start, as well as when you finish!
At the Club we will have reminder signs up, paper towels and a good supply of soap and anything else we can think of to keep ourselves safe. (Ideas from members welcome!)
We ask anyone who is concerned that they may have encountered the virus to follow the Government advice, and self-isolate in the first instance.
The club intends to go ahead with production of a 2021 Dunfermline Art Club Calendar. It is intended that this will again be produced in-house and printed commercially. The outlay on printing expenses will be reimbursed to the Club from the proceeds of Calendar sales. The theme for the 2021 Calendar is “Fife”. So, if you would like to create a painting in any medium on this theme for possible inclusion in the calendar, please submit your work or a good quality digital photo of it by 17th June latest to Tony Felton at the club.
The painting should be A4 in size (or equivalent proportions ), unframed (to avoid photographic glare/reflection from glass), and in landscape format. A selection process ,which will be by members votes will decide which pictures will feature in the 2021 calendar. Please see Tony if you need further information.
From tomorrow (5th March) the club Gallery in the Kingsgate Centre will reopen with a completely new exhibition of paintings (framed, unframed and prints). The exhibition will be available to view every Thursday, Friday and Saturday (12 noon until 4 o’clock) up until 25th April. Almost all the exhibits are available for sale to the general public. We hope you can manage to visit.
Dunfermline Art Club Gallery in the Kingsgate Shopping Centre, will soon be accepting submissions from members for the next Gallery hanging period which will run from 5th March through 25th April. New exhibits will be accepted during normal Gallery opening hours (12-4 pm on Thursday 27th, Friday 28th and Saturday 29th February). Paintings will be hung on Tuesday 3rd March in advance of the Gallery re-opening on 5th. A maximum five pictures may be submitted. A hanging fee of £2.50 per picture will apply, and, where four pictures are paid for, the fifth will be hung for free . A commission of 25% will be taken on painting sales.
Original artworks only (which comply with the clubs framing standards) can be accepted for hanging, not prints. However, prints, as well as original unframed pictures, may be submitted for display in the browsers.
Members also should note that the same paintings may not be exhibited in the Gallery on consecutive hanging periods. Unsold items from the previous hanging period should be collected from the Gallery at the earliest convenient opportunity.