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 266 February 2017

Dear Members

Welcome to your (almost) March newsletter.

I have to admit it - (Archers alert) I am missing the drama of the Helen Titchner story - life seems rather dull without it.   Does that make me a bad person?  I'm also finding the antics of Justin and Lillian make me feel a little queasy.  I think I might need to take a break.  On a brighter note, the snowdrops are looking amazing and the broad beans are now planted, so wish me luck.  

Our March DDFAS talk will be on Wednesday March 8th in the Charter Hall, Okehampton, starting at 10.30 am .  (Brownies will be served from 9.45 to 10.20, announcements at 10.25).  Louise Schofield's talk is titled:-


The fame of the Queen of Sheba has lasted across the many intervening centuries since she made her epic journey from her distant land to the court of King Solomon. A passage in the Bible’s Book of Kings has immortalised this Queen and the journey that she made, her camel caravan laden with gold and incense as gifts for the king of Jerusalem.

In this talk Louise looks at how the Queen of Sheba has captured the imagination of great artists, inspired epic films and has led archaeologists to go in search of her land – a search that has led to discoveries of great temples, tombs and treasures.

Louise Schofield was for 13 years Curator of Greek Bronze Age and Geometric Antiquities at the British Museum, and was responsible for the Mycenaean collection. She has also worked on international archaeological projects, principally in Turkey, Albania and Greece.

She has been working in Ethiopia since 2006, directing archaeological, conservation and development projects in that extraordinary country. Her current archaeological site – in Tigray province, north-eastern Ethiopia – is a temple, probably dedicated to a moon god and dating to the 5th century BC – a time when this area of Ethiopia formed part of the kingdom of Sheba. 

If you would like to bring a guest to this lecture please contact our Membership Secretary Cindy Telfer-Smollett at or telephone  01837 871481. Please ensure that you get confirmation from Cindy as we have a limit of 10 for non-member attendance .  Guests will be admitted on a first-come-first-serve basis and must be booked-in prior to the meeting. £10 voluntary contribution.
Dartmoor DFAS matters
Church Trails
Thanks to the initiative taken by Letitia Yetman, a member of DDFAS, and following a successful presentation by Pauline Stewart and Canon Tim Newcombe at Ashwater recently, Church Trails are to be compiled for four Parish Churches in that area. They are St Bridget, Bridgerule; Sts Peter and James, Halwill; Sts Peter and Paul, Holsworthy; and St Peter, Ad Vincula Ashwater.

SW History of Art course hosted by DDFAS at Okehampton
As you will know from Tim's earlier email, booking is now open with 18 places reserved for us until the May meeting.  If you are interested, contact Tim Newcombe, the Course Coordinator.
Spring trip to Lukesland
This trip is now full.  Caroline Taylor, our Trips Secretary, is looking at possiblities for another local trip in September.

DDFAS Committee meeting 8th March
Your committee is meeting after the March lecture.  If there is anything you would like to draw to the attention of the Committee, simply reply to this newsletter. Feedback - good and bad - is welcomed.
South West NADFAS matters
There are a number of Talks, Study Days and Trips in the South West that may be of interest. Full details are shown on the  NADFAS South West Region website Click on Special Interest Days and download a booking form.

Special Interest Days:-
  • NEW Monday March 27.  Clare Ford-Wille at the Brushford Village Hall, Dulverton.  The Dutch Golden Age; the Art & Architecture of Holland.  Three lectures: The Beginning - The Dutch Caravaggisti & Frans Hals; Maturity - Rembrant to Jacob van Ruisdael; The End - William the Silent to Vermeer & William and Mary. 10.00 - 3.15. Picnic lunch.  £24 - details and booking Sarah Merchant 01398 341973 or
  • NEW. Wednesday 22 November.  Frank Woodgate at the Best Western Hotel, Tiverton.   The Art of North America - from the sublime to the real.  This new study day will explore the evolution and energy of  North American art at the same time as the development of new nations. Three lectures:- The American Sublime; The early 20th Century & American Realism; America Takes the Lead. £36 to include coffee and 2 course lunch. 10am - 3.30.  Contact Sheila Hughes on 01395516373.  Applications open on 1 June.
  • NEW. Thursday 30 November.  Mark Cottle at the Passage House Hotel, Kingsteignton. From Holbein to Byrd; The Art, Music & Architecture of England's Reformation Century.  Lunch and two lectures 12.45 - 3.30.  £35. Details & booking Augusta Kyle 01626 775 495
  • Tuesday March 7. John Risdon at the Thurlestone Hotel.  Two lectures:-Dartington Estate of Art, Education and Historic Beauty and Memorable South Devon - colourful images in words and pictures. £27 details/booking Sue Wright at 831349.
  • Thursday March 23.  Dick Bolton at Cheddon Fitzpaine Memorial Hall. The Story of Kent . Three lectures covering The Story of Kent, The Cinque Ports of Kent and Sussex and The Current restoration of Canterbury Cathedral. £30. Details/booking Jenny Butcher 01823 452 466.
  • Thursday March 30.  Diana Lloyd :The Development of English Porcelain at Buckfast Heritage Centre.  Bring your pieces for an 'Antiques Roadshow' discussion (no valuations). Spaces still available. Application form on the website
  • Wednesday 19 April. Day visit to Rodmarton Manor & Fairford   Booking closes 20 March.
  • Wednesday 7 June.  Prof Jeremy Black Georgian London at Passage House Hotel, Kingsteignton. Lunch and lecture 12.45 - 3.30.  £35. Details & booking Augusta Kyle 01626 775 495
Spring Tours.  
  • Devon DFAS Tour to The Art Galleries and Historic Houses of West Kent/Sussex - a 3 day tour from 7 - 9 May. £372 (based on two sharing; single room supplement £40) Details/booking 01769 580723;
  • South West Area Tour to Sussex - visiting the glorious gardens and houses of Sussex.  Sunday 11th June to Friday 16th June.   Cost is £496 per person based on two people sharing (single room supplement £30 per night).  More details and booking form from Mary Ginger (01823 490527)
And if that isn't enough to keep you busy, then here are a few more ideas.

NEW chagword
A weekend of literary interest and fun.  17 - 19 March.  Booking now open.  For details

NEW Lawrence House Museum, 9 Castle St, Launceston, PL15 8BA.
The World Wide Appeal of the Cornish Coast for Artists. 3 April - 9 June.
This exhibition will display a selection of works by artists from around the world who became part of the St Ives Artists' Colony.  Artists were attracted from America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Continental Europe.  Not only did these artists promote Cornwall in their own countries but their Cornish experiences can be demonstrated to have had a profound influence on the careers of these leading marine painters. Open Mon- Fri 10.30 - 4.00, also Sats 8 April & 13 May.  Entry free.  01566 773277.
Bratton Clovelly Parish Hall EX20 4JT
BALAGAN CAFE BAND Friday 31 March 7.30pm. Doors and bar open 7pm; cafe-style seating.  
Tickets £8 adults/£6 16 and under from 01837 871696
Verdi Requiem with Exeter Philharmonic Orchestra Saturday 18 March at 7.30.  Tickets £12 - £22 from 01392 499211

RAMM, Exeter
NEW. Thursday 9 March 1.10 - 2.15pm Fashionable Victorian; Shopping for Clothes in Victorian Exeter.  A talk by RAMM's Assistant Curator of Textiles Shelly Tobin. Tickets £6.
Rathbones Spring Concert Series 2017.
  • Wed 22 March 7.30pm. Catrin Finch - Harp (former Royal Harpist to HRH Prince Charles) Programme includes Bach, Debussy, Salzedo.
  • NEWWed 19 April 7.30. Emily Sun - Violin; Same Armstrong Piano.  Programme includes Schubert, Debussy, Grieg.
  • NEW. Tues 16 May. Alauda String Quartet. Programme includes Mozart, Haydn, Mendelssohn.
Tickets £20 (concessions £15) Call 01392 265858.
Exeter Fine Art Collection to 31 May.  Covering the Winter and Spring. 
Hiroshige's Japan Exhibition to Sunday 16 April.
A selection of Japanese woodblock prints. Booking essential, timed entry.  £4 (concessions £2)
Comforts for Soldiers to 17 May - a small exhibition in the Courtyard.
Queen Victoria in Paris to 23 April This exhibition shows 44 watercolours of Queen Victoria's remarkable historic 10-day visit to Paris in 1855. 
Museum open 10am - 5pm Tuesday to Sunday; closed Mondays

Vienna Festival Ballet; Cinderella Wednesday 22 March 7.30pm.  £22.50.

NORTHCOTT Theatre, Exeter
NEW. Verdi's La Traviata. Fri 7 & Sat 8 April 7.30pm. OperaUpClose present their critically acclaimed new English version, set in Atlantic City, USA during the 1920s prohibition era of speakeasies and bootlegging. Tickets £19.50 - £28 (Concessions £2 off up to £25.50).
NEW. Encore Dance. Mon 17 April 7.30pm. UK-based Encore Dance Co specialises in presenting young dancers performing versatile styles under the direction of Antony Dowson.  Programme includes Elite Syncopations (Kenneth MacMillan), Traces (Cathy Marston) Tickets £15  (concessions £2 off)
Leviathan - James Wilton Dance. Mon 6 March 7.30pm.  'Inspired by Herman Melville's Moby Dick'
Tickets £14. (Concessions £2 off)
Richard Alston Dance Company. Tuesday 14th&Wednesday 15th March 7.30pm. Tickets £13 - £21 (concessions £2 off )
Neon Dance Empathy. Monday 27 March  7.30pm Movement, sound and innovative laser light show combine in this gripping & powerful dance performance. Tickets £12.50 - £16.50.
Box office 01392 726363
GREENHILL ARTS CENTRE, Moretonhampstead.
EN TRANCE Exhibition to  Sat March 18. Chernobyl exclusion zone and former psychiatric hospitals.  
Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm. Free admission.
NEW Sunday 11 March. Book Binding Workshop in which participants will create & make a notebook and journal.  Fun and informal.  10am to 4pm. £35 including tea/coffee. Bring your own packed lunch. Booking  01647 440775
NEW Saturday 25 March.  Artist Sarah Bennett will give an illustrated talk on how she uses archives & architecture relating to the history of Victorian psychiatry as a starting point for her artistic practice.  6.30 - 8.45pm.  £5 to include a glass of wine/soft drink.  Sarah's work is currently on show as part of the en Trance exhibition. Booking  01647 440775

DEVON GUILD, Bovey Tracey
Exhibition: Get Fresh 2017 to Sun 5 March Work by 15 new or emerging designer-makers from the South-West.
NEW. Exhibition: Artisans of Dartmoor. Fri 3 March to Mon 3 April.  Dartmoor has one of the most talented artisan communities in the UK. In this exhibition, travel photographer: Suzy Bennett goes behind the workshop walls to produce an intimate collection of photographs of some of the Moor’s finest artists, makers and producers.Artist's Talk: 25 March, 2pm, free
NEW.Exhibition: Pour Me. Sat 18 March to Sun 7 May. In celebration of what is visually thought of as one of the simplest forms, Pour Me applauds the humble jug.  The exhibition highlights how deceptively difficult it can be to make a jug; makers must consider balance and weight. Will it pour? Is the handle strong enough to withstand the weight of the liquid? Is the handle pulled, extruded or cast? Pour Me explores how the jug can be interpreted in many ways, and in many different materials; tableware, vessels, sculpture made from textiles, metals, silver, enamel, glass, wood and ceramics.
Daily 10am - 5.30pm.  Free admission.

Exeter Phoenix Gandy Street, Exeter
NEW. Exhibition: Eleanor Moreton - A Cold Wind from the Mountains. Friday 17 March to Sun 30 April.At first glance, Eleanor Moreton’s paintings may appear to share a shimmering, arcadian or idyllic lightness of touch. This, however, often belies a darker and more troubling subtext, their protagonists often poised at the brink of radical, sometimes violent change. Underpinned by an interest in psychoanalysis, she explores ideas of repression and revolution, weaving together the intimate and domestic with broader historical and cultural moments.  10am - 5.30pm Monday - Saturday
And showing at the Carlton Cinema Okehampton. 
(From just £12.50 for pensioner members).

Hedda Gabler, Thursday March 9 (NT)
Twelve Night, Thursday April 6 (NT)
Julius Caesar, Wednesday April 26 (RSC)
Antony & Cleopatra, Wednesday May 24 (RSC)
Angels in America Part 1; Millenium Approaches Thursday July 20 (NT)
Angels in America Part 2: Perestroika Thursday July 27 (NT)
Titus Andronicus, Wednesday August 9 (RSC)

Madam Butterfly, Thursday March 30 (ROH)
Otello, Wednesday June 28 (ROH)
A Contemporary Evening Sunday March 19 (Bolshoi)
A Hero of Our Time  Sunday April 9 (Bolshoi)
Jewels, Tuesday April 11 (ROH)
Coppelia, Wednesday April 19 (The Australian Ballet)
The Dream/Symphonic Variations/Marguerite and Armand, Wed June 7 (ROH)

Exhibition on Screen
The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism, Tuesday March 21
Michelangelo - Love & Death, Tuesday June 13 
Dates correct at time of going to press. For full details or to book, pop into the New Carlton Cinema next door or ring 01837 658 586. 
I hope that you find something of interest from this month's newsletter and do hope that you are able to join us on March 8th.
Best wishes

Jo Wymer - Chairman


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