At the conclusion of the AGM onTuesday 18th August, members will be invited to vote for a selection of paintings to feature in the proposed Club Calendar for 2016, the theme for which is “Fife”. Photographs of all 33 entries will be on display in the club for members to view and each member will receive a voting slip on which they will select the 13 pictures which they think should be included in the calendar (one for each month plus one cover picture). Although there are 17 different artists (resulting in some having more than one entry) only their entry having the most votes will be considered for the calendar. i.e. No artist will feature on more than one calendar month. The 13 pictures gaining the most votes will feature prominently in the calendar and all the other entries will be included as thumbnails.
Further to her successful demonstration at the club on 10th February, Nichola Martin will be returning on Tuesday 20th October for a Still Life Charcoal Workshop. The workshop will run from 10am until 4pm. for which there will be £5 (non-refundable) fee, payable to Jen Manson by Wednesday 14th October.
Numbers are strictly limited to twelve, so, members who wish to attend should append their name and telephone number to the list which is posted in the club. Nichola will provide charcoals etc but members are requested to bring their own cartridge paper on the day.
The Agenda for the club Annual General Meeting to be held on 18th August is as follows:
ITEM 1. Welcome and Apologies
ITEM 2. Minutes of previous AGM
ITEM 3. Matters Arising from previous meeting
ITEM 4. President’s Report
ITEM 5. Secretary’s Report
ITEM 6. Treasurers Report and Balance Sheet
ITEM 7. Gallery Co-ordinators Report
ITEM 8. Website Administrators Report
ITEM 9. Programme
ITEM 10. Election of Office Bearers
ITEM 11. Election of Committee Members
ITEM 12. Changes to the Constitution and Job Descriptions
ITEM 13. Winter Exhibition …… Monday 23 Nov until Sunday 29 Nov
ITEM 14. Any other pertinent business
ITEM 15. Date of next AGM …… Proposed Tuesday 16th August 2016
Submissions are now open for Fife Art Exhibition 2015. The six works judged best by the selection panel will be purchased by Shell and each artist will receive a Shell Award of £200 in addition to the purchase price. (One of these awards will be for craft work) Purchased works will be presented to Fife hospitals and health care facilities.
The exhibition will run at Kirkcaldy Galleries from 10 Oct until the 13 Nov 2015. The submissions deadline is Monday 14 September 2015. You can download an application form from www.onfife.com/fifeart2015 or pick up a copy from any Fife Cultural Trust venue, Fife Library or Museum.
There will also be a number of free art based workshops in the run up to the exhibition. You should keep an eye on the Kirkcaldy Galleries Facebook page to find out where and when these will be taking place.
The Agenda, together with the Minutes of last years AGM will be sent out via email to members who have provided the club with an email address. Hard copies of the Agenda and last years Minutes will also be available on the night.
A recent letter published in Leisure Painter magazine discussed whether a local community gallery should exclude beginners from exhibiting. Well, our own Alan Booth had a view on that topic and has had his response published in the magazines August issue. Here it is:
“I am a member of Dunfermline Art Club and we are fortunate enough to have a unit in our town centre’s shopping mall, which we use as a gallery. All our members are treated as equals and everyone is entitled to display their work regardless of ability or standing. The only conditions are that we are limited to five framed exhibits each and members displaying have to volunteer for two “duties” per hanging session, which usually lasts about eight weeks. The system has worked very well for a number of years and I find it encourages people to work hard at improving their skills. The feeling when that first sale happens cannot be matched. After all, we are amateur artists and should be encouraging our colleagues to be brave enough to put their work on display. Otherwise we discourage and they lose heart and leave this wonderful hobby. So to those who would be selective, I say do not be so precious. What are you afraid of ? I would advise you to resist those who wish to be selective and continue to encourage the majority.”
This is a reminder that places are still available for members on Colin’s one day workshop on Thursday 6th August. Full details are available on the previous website post dated 25th May. (See “Workshops” Tab)
There will be a fee of £5, payable on the day of the event, which will be held from 1000 until 1600 hours. Members who are interested in attending should enter their name and telephone number on the notice posted in the club.
The Jess Burns Memorial Prize is awarded each year to the Dunfermline Art Club artist whose work had been voted favourite painting by the general public during the clubs Annual Exhibition. The award comes with a £50 voucher for art materials. We are pleased to announce that the winner for 2015 is Ken Young for his watercolour painting “Tram Stop” (shown below). Congratulations to Ken on his well deserved success.
Doreen Dewar’s painting “My Best Friend” was Runner up and “Poppy Cluster” by Ann Clark was voted in third place. The total number of votes cast was 192 and a comprehensive list of these will be posted in the club.
Previous winners of the award were:
2014 Ian Roberts “Over the Top”
2013 Ken Young “Lothian Road”
2012 Peter Atherton and Jane Ferguson (Joint) “This’ll be the Day” & Untitled
2011 George Aitken “Crail”
2010 Vi Morris and Robert Walker (Joint) “Distant Harbour” & “Winter Sunset – Welcome Home”
2009 Nancy Taylor “Dunfermline Abbey at Night”
2008 Anne Hill “Dunfermline Abbey”
I would like to thank everyone who exhibited and helped with the Annual Exhibition 2015. A big thank you goes to all those members who helped with the ‘setting up’ and ‘taking down’ of the exhibition and a special mention to David Jones for his input and the setting up of the new screens.
Thank you all very much indeed,