Congratulations to Alan Booth who was elected Dunfermline Art Club President at the clubs Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 16th August. Alan succeeds George Aitken who has stood down as President after five years in the position. Sincere thanks to George for his sterling contribution to the club during this period. Please see the “Committee” tab on the website for other changes which become effective from September 1st.
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 2016 is Jack Pender for his oil painting “Seascape” Congratulations to Jack on his success.
Rob Henry’s painting “Horns of Alligin” and “Mum and Junior” by Margaret Elliot were joint Runners up. The total number of votes cast was 76 and a comprehensive list of these has been posted in the club.
Previous winners of the award were:
2015 Ken Young “Tram Stop”
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”
“Regarding my quite recent letter about older work which you kindly published, I am writing to let you know that one of my old paintings, which I had repainted over recently, has been chosen to be published in a well known gardening magazine ! This floral painting was originally painted years ago and was copied from the book, Flowers and Designs to Copy. This book was the inspiration on my painting journey.” – Jean Cooper
Readers of The Artist and Leisure Painter magazines will be familiar with the annual Patchings Art Festival. This year, a marvellous work in oil titled “Towards the Harbour, Essaouira” by club member and watercolour tutor Colin Joyce has been accepted as an exhibit in The Artist Magazine category at this prestigious event. Many congratulations Colin.
The photograph shows a group of Dunfermline Art Club Members “The Calendar Girls and Roy” with a cheque for £500 which will be donated to Alzheimer’s Research. This money was raised from the sale of an art club calendar for 2016 plus an additional donation from art club members.
The calendar featured thirteen paintings on the theme “Fife” voted by club members as the most popular from the many pictures submitted. The calendar was a complete sell out.
The individuals who contributed to the production were Anne Hill (design and printing), Irma Brown and Jen Manson (collation and binding), Roy McGowan (photography) and Margaret White, Freda Danby & Carmel Smith (Sales).
A visit to the Fire Station Creative has been arranged for Monday 29th February 2016 at 2 o’clock . A notice for members has been placed on the Notice Board in the club. Members interested in attending should meet at 2pm on the day at the Creative. This will be an informal and private visit with a view to see how it all works. The club point of contact is Jen Manson, Programmes Co-ordinator.
The following message was contributed by Club President, George Aitken:-
DUNFERMLINE ART CLUB’S CHARITY FUND RAISER IN AID OF ALZHEIMER’S RESEARCH — DECEMBER 2015
A suggestion arose from some members of the club re the production of a calendar depicting local scenes within Fife. Weeks of very hard work were involved by members Ann Hill and Irma Brown assisted by Jen Manson, Margaret White, Elaine Campbell and Roy McGowan. They are to be congratulated on their wonderful achievement.
The calendar went on sale to the public at the club’s Winter Exhibition held in the Kingsgate shopping centre in November, and thereafter in the club’s Gallery which is also situated in the Kingsgate Centre.
The calendars were completely sold out raising a total of £400. In addition, it is the practice of club members to donate money instead of exchanging Christmas cards, and the sum collected this year amounted to £100.
Calendar Picture No 12 (November) is “Limekilns Harbour”, a watercolour painting by Ian Blance. Picture No 13 (December) is “Pattiesmuir circa 1970” in acrylic by Anne Hill. Calendars are still on sale at the club and in the Gallery in the Kingsgate Shopping Centre priced £6. Following a recent ballot, it has been decided that all profits from the sale of the Calendars will be donated Alzheimer’s Research.