Annual General Meeting 2017

Chairman’s Remarks 

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