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                                                        Chairman Richard Seymour                                                         

          NOVEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER             
Vol 2 No 10
[Not designed for viewing on Smartphone; but, if you're viewing on Tablet, it's best to do so in 'landscape']
 From our Chairman:  I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting, on the 16th, when the inaugural chance to vote online will occur! This is covered in more detail below.  We will also have the pleasure of welcoming Michael Beach, Area Chairman of the Arts Societies East Surrey. I know many of you are a bit vague on what function 'Area' performs. To help you understand more, Mr David Tinkler, our wizard on the computer keys, has created a link to East Surrey Area  site on the
 Home Page of our own web site which I know you all read avidly.   Click here and go to the link above the central text 'column', to the right (in pink - just under the green strapline).

The East Surrey Area comprises 15 societies and is one of the smallest areas geographically but with a great concentration of very active societies. The 'Area' helps different parts of your committee to meet and exchange views and information. There is an active training section and it is also a forum of exchange between societies and the National Organisation. The most obvious part of 'Area' to you, the society members, is their twice yearly Special Interest Day at the Menuhin Hall and, as I have mentioned a number of times, there is a Special Interest Day on Friday 10th November on Tyrants and Martyrs of Imperial Russia by that most excellent lecturer Douglas Skeggs. Indeed, you may still be able to get a ticket if you ring Ann Hollywood (Area Coordinator for Education) - 01883 712978.

I hope you all enjoyed letting off your fireworks on 5th November.       RICHARD SEYMOUR - CHAIRMAN 

             ... and now news about our own November Lecture ....  
    The Two Gustavs    
    Mahler & Klimt   
Thursday 16 November 2017
     Speaker: Gavin Plumley     
                 Gustav Mahler (1860 - 1911)                                              Gustav Klimt (1862 - 1918)
  Gustav Klimt - Orchard with Roses (1911)

Gavin Plumley, pictured above, is a writer and broadcaster, appearing on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and contributing to The Independent on Sunday and The Guardian. He lectures widely on the culture of Central Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries, including to audiences at the National Gallery, the British Museum, the V&A, the Southbank Centre, the Tate and the Neue Galerie, New York, as well as to History of Art Societies and The Art Fund.

In 1897, Gustav Mahler arrived to take charge of the Opera House in Vienna, the same year Gustav Klimt and his colleagues broke away from the imperially endorsed art institutions in the city and founded the Secession. Comparing these two totemic fin-de-siècle talents, this lecture places Mahler & Klimt in context, asking what fundamentally links them and indeed, divides them.
Gustav Mahler, born in Bohemia (now Czech Republic), was an Austrian late-Romantic composer and one of the leading conductors of his time. As a composer he was a bridge between the 19th century Austro-German tradition and  the modernism of the early 20th century. Gustav Klimt, an Austrian symbolist painter, was a leading member of the Vienna Secession movement. His main subject was the female body, his works being marked by a frank eroticism, but he's also noted for his paintings,
murals, sketches and other objets d'art. In addition to his figurative works - which include allegories and portraits - he also painted landscapes and was most influenced by Japanese art and its methods.                           Pictured above right, Klimt's "The Dancer" (1916).  
Bauerngarten (cottage garden) Gustav Klimt (1907)

 Photos by Keith Lawrence

Another lovely flower arrangement, this time for our OCTOBER meeting, arranged by Ira Murray, who also became a member of the Committee in April.

Thanks Ira.

  <><><><>  THREE  FUTURE EVENTS  <><><><>  
A quick, early mention that at our December Meeting Tickets will first go on sale for our
Special Interest Day on Thursday 22 February 2018

            A Passion for Rubies          
with the Antiques Roadshow's
Susan Rumfitt


Susan is a firm favourite on The Antiques' Roadshow, so this Special Interest Day is certainly not one to be missed; there will be more details in the DECEMBER NEWSLETTER.

        OUR TOUR FOR 2018      
We're on course to announce details of our Tour for next year - LIVERPOOL 2018 ...
...and before the next meeting we hope to despatch a separate e-mail message to all members, with full details of the Tour, so that you may be ready to book your place on
 Thursday 16 November at 9:45 am
     ...whilst on Tours, here's an ALBUM update for those who were on    BUDAPEST 2017         
Ann Madden has now sifted through over 1000 photos (what a star!) and has, so to speak, more-or-less finished the Album
. She's just waiting for a good deal from the printers, and will be notifying everyone, soon.

...and LASTLY...organised by...
The Arts Society Leatherhead 
celebrating 50 years of The Arts Society & in association with Leatherhead Theatre
           LOVING VINCENT           
SUNDAY 7 JANUARY 2018 - 2 pm
Van Gogh, is perhaps the world’s most famous painter, not only for his paintings, but also his tortured life. ‘Loving Vincent’, the world’s 1st fully hand-painted animated film explores Vincent’s life and work by activating some of his most inspirational paintings to tell his story. Eveline Eaton, an Arts Society lecturer, introduces the audience to this tragic artist in her talk illustrated with slides of his paintings. Following her talk, there will be a break for tea and cakes (included), followed by a showing of the film ‘Loving Vincent’, acclaimed by the Daily Telegraph as “a beautifully textured tribute to Van Gogh”.
Tickets £15 (Booking essential) from Leatherhead Theatre 01372 365141. Proceeds to Leatherhead Theatre
Unfortunately we cannot reproduce the whole poster for this fascinating event on this page but,
if you are at all keen to attend  
      LOVING VINCENT      you MUST click
                       and now a ....
Our Chairman has already touched on this topic which I mentioned at the last meeting when I reminded everyone how we continually work to keep the society at the cutting edge of technology!
First we brought you the Website, next it was MailChimp e-mails, then we developed the 'colourful & informative'    MONTHLY NEWSLETTER   …and NOW…. we’re proposing to introduce ELECTRONIC LECTURE/SPEAKER EVALUATION to make a better informed monthly report to THE ARTS SOCIETY HQ on how our talk was received. Voting will be done on-line  completely anonymously,  and will replace the present paper-based vote, thus allowing all of you to have a say by increasing the size of our ‘voter base’!
After the October lecture, we tried out the system on a small group (to whom many thanks) and it worked so well we're going to roll it out to everyone! Thus, within hours of Thursday’s meeting, ie before we forget it all, you'll receive a special e-mail inviting you to cast your vote (with a comment, too, if you wish). It’s very easy to do - you'll need a password which we'll supply, and we'll make things very clear in the message!!

so – please watch this space!

                        ...that's it!


I may not be at the meeting on 16th but hope everyone who does attend will enjoy the talk. Incidentally, during the morning, Jill Mantle will be taking names for the CHRISTMAS LUNCH waiting list.

With best wishes.

Newsletter Editor
7 November 2017
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