It’s official! The search is over! (and other AGM news)

Report by Frank Hilton, our Hon. Secretary

Congratulations to Barry Lowe, our new Chair, who was unanimously elected on Thursday evening at the 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Society. Barry is looking forward to help steer the Society to a bright future whilst acknowledging the very large boots he has to fill in succeeding Wilf Langford. Barry will be supported by Phil Hadley who was also elected to the new position of Vice Chair.

Wilf was re-elected as our President for a further year, and Pam Rhodes, Alan Townsend, Anne Linton and Suki White were all re-elected, again unanimously, for a further three years as Honorary Membership Secretary, Honorary Travel and Workshops Secretary, Publicity and Print Workshop Convenor respectively. Congratulations all!

We are also delighted that Jennifer Wallace, Jillian Wallace, Karen Lowe, Judi Willerton and Julie Lloyd Roberts stood for election to the Committee and were all elected for a three year term as well. Once again, congratulations to our new Committee Members and a big thank you for responding to the call.

In addition to the traditional AGM fare of an annual report on the Society’s activities by our team of organisers, we received the Statement of Accounts and the Treasurer’s Report. Whilst the Society’s finances are very sound, this last year has seen an increase in administration costs, storage charges for our exhibition boards and increased hire charges at all our venues. This year our expenditure outpaced our income and the Committee therefore recommended to the Annual General Meeting that the annual subscription for 2019 be raised from £5 to £10 in order to consolidate our financial position. This increase was agreed and whilst regrettable, we hope that all members will agree that this is incredible value for money for all the activities on offer. We will also be increasing the one-off joining fee to £10 for new members.

Look out for the annual subscription renewal letter in early December!

And that concluded the formal business of the 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Shropshire Art Society.

Our radio stars! Wilf and Alan talk SAS on BBC Radio Shropshire

Collage of Alan and Wilf and the Seven O'Clock Show, Radio Shropshire
Wilf Langford (President) and Alan Townsend joined BBC Radio Shropshire’s Seven O’clock Show and talked all things Shropshire Art Society on 2nd November 2018

We were delighted to be invited by BBC Radio Shropshire to join the Seven O’Clock Show on Friday 2nd November 2018 to talk about the Shropshire Art Society! The programme (that focuses on arts and culture) found our website and wanted to know more. Wilf (our President) and Alan (our organiser of classes, workshops and trips over many years) chatted with the interested and most genial host Mark Elliott about the history and development of the Society, giving an informative and relaxed insight into the nature of the Society and its activities, with a good few laughs along the way.

Well done our team! And a big thank you to Radio Shropshire and to Mark Elliott for inviting us.

Our Inspirational Gallery Day Trip to Manchester, 2018

Our latest Gallery Day Trip by coach was to Manchester on Saturday 20th October. Thank you to Jennifer and Jillian Wallace for their hard work in organising the trip for us. Here’s a short report from them, and some pictures, to give you a flavour of the day, thanks to Jennifer, Anne Linton, Michael White and Liz Carr. Enjoy!

Manchester’s two art galleries – The Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery – are very different, so splitting our day between the two almost gave us some of everything possible in the visual arts. We aim to cater to a wide range of tastes and interests and this gave us top quality exhibitions of contemporary, modern and 19th century fine art, 18th century prints, textiles old and new, ceramics, glass, wallpapers like none you’d ever seen before, Nordic furniture… and not forgetting the sculpture in the park looking wonderful in all that sunshine.

Plans are in the pipeline for a day in Birmingham’s galleries in the New Year.

Autumn Exhibition 2018 – and our winner is…

Over 90 framed works by Shropshire Art Society members are still on show at our Autumn Exhibition in the Bear Steps Gallery until 2.30pm on Saturday 13th October. The Exhibition Social was held on Saturday 6th October and a good many members and guests were there to see our President, Wilf Langford announce the winner of the Walker Harrison Prize for “the painting which best represents the Shropshire countryside”. This year’s worthy winner is Alex Adams for her painting View from the Long Mynd. A big thank you to our adjudicator this year, Jonathon Soden of the Soden Collection Art Gallery and congratulations to Alex!

Many thanks also to John Willetts and his team of volunteers for hanging the exhibition in such a timely and organised fashion.

Summer Social 2018, a great success! Thank you Ben Osborne.

Nearly 70 members and friends enjoyed an excellent Summer Social at the Trinity Centre in Meole Brace on the evening of the 31st August 2018.

We were delighted to have as our speaker for the evening, the distinguished locally based wildlife photographer, Ben Osborne. He gave a fascinating account of how his career had developed and of his many exciting trips to exotic places. All this was accompanied by stunning images taken in Antarctic, tropical and other locations, where he had been involved in filming with David Attenborough for the BBC as well as on other prestigious projects.

Our thanks go to Alan Townsend for organising the event, with the generous help of Liz Carr who has also provided the photograph above, Sue Roberts and her team for again providing an excellent buffet supper and of course Helen Hatton and the team at The Trinity Centre, for helping with the arrangements.