David Poxon was honoured to have so many distinguished guests and celebrities visiting Weston Park for the International Watercolour Masters exhibition, Here with his good friend David Paskett President of the RWS (Royal Watercolour Society) at Weston Park.
Carved Wooden Gavel
Carol Widenbar was presented with this marvellous object donated to the society by Margaret Randall the wife of a former member Richard Randall.
The inscription reads - ‘In Memory of Richard Randall former member of the WSA’
We remember Richard for his superb landscapes and natural drawing skills but he was also a skilled craftsman. This beautifully carved wooden gavel was made by his friend Roy Wood to celebrate their mutual skill and passion for wood carving.
The artists’ initials R.W. are carved into the base. Not only is it a work of art it is really useful too and the WSA is honoured to be the custodian of it.
Richard’s kind and generous spirit continues in this gift; we will treasure it, we will ensure its provenance is recorded and will use it in Richard’s memory for many years to come.
It is with sadness that I report the death of Paul Hipkiss RBSA.
Paul was known to many of us for his beautiful prints depicting rugged landscapes and atmospheric evocations of the Black Country. He was a frequent visitor to and friend of the Society. I particularly remember the talk he gave on his father Percy Hipkiss, also RBSA, and an exceptional watercolour artist. Paul's workshops for the Society were always inspiring and memorably productive. We also had the benefit of his time and expertise when he joined on our selection panel as an independent guest selector.
A generous man with his time and talent, he will be sadly missed as a stalwart of the RBSA, where you might often have seen him demonstrating or stewarding exhibitions, as a member and supporter of the Dudley Society of Artists and also the Black Country Artists.
Annual General Meeting 2017
Carol Widenbar: Chairman
This year’s AGM turned out to be a remarkable one. Never in my fifteen year membership would I have imagined myself holding such a position of responsibility as Chairman. I am honoured to accept and will endeavour to uphold the reputation of the society in all that I do.
I was pleased to record an official vote of thanks to Rita Jukes for her remarkable three year tenure as Chairman and I would like to express my personal gratitude to Rita for staying on as General Secretary.
The evening was marked by an impressive display of sculpted heads. These were created by members who attended the recent clay modelling workshop with Petra Rohr-Rouendaal. I thought the standard of work on display was very high and wonder why we don’t have more 3D work in our exhibitions.
It is customary that current serving officers of the Society be custodians of paintings which have been donated to the Society by former members. To this end, as Chairman I am now the custodian of ‘Still Life’ by Eve Gregory, a professional artist and former member of the Society. Our President Keith Oram is now the custodian of the oil painting ‘Polperro’ by G. Evans which was donated by Miss Outlaw who first took possession of it in recognition of her work on behalf of the Society. Our General Secretary Rita Jukes is the custodian of "Magnolia" a watercolour by Jennifer Marston.
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The society has much to look forward to including our Centenary in 2019. What a difference a hundred years makes. From traditional to digital we are indeed travelling in time but in doing so will continue to celebrate and engage with those classical art forms that are our inheritance and which the society does so well.
My admiration and thanks go out to all members for your creative endeavour and your support for the Society. Thank you also to our committee. I couldn’t have a better team to work with.
Carol Widenbar: Chairman
Saturday October 8th was a Red Letter day for the Wolverhampton Society of Artists. Its second exhibition of the year was opened at Wolverhampton Art Gallery by the High Sheriff of the West Midlands, Dr Keith Bradshaw. Awards, decided by the Curator Cat Fuller, the Selection Panel and the President were presented by the Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Barry Findlay. The day was a great success with a large number of visitors viewing the exhibition awards