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SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER
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THE ARTS SOCIETY DARTMOOR
SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER
 
1 September 2017

Dear Members

Welcome to your September newsletter.

Now, where were we?  

Yes I remember, it was a hot day in mid-June and we had a great lecture on playing cards.  The sun was high in the sky and the weather forecast brilliant.  We parted company for the summer looking forward to picnics, barbecues, paddling in rock pools and sitting under the trees reading and relaxing.  And indeed the first ten days or so were blisteringly hot - vegetable watering three times a day, sipping iced tea and taking refuge in the shade.  And then suddenly it all came to a miserable end - cool, dull, grey and damp for days and then weeks and then months.  The 'summer' drifted by - no picnics, no al fresco eating, just dull and grey.  Then, before we had time for a final chorus of 'Here comes the Sun' (Beatles circa 1965), the shop windows were full of 'Back to School' displays and cut price bikinis, and the competitors for Strictly were being announced - had you heard of any of them? No, me neither.

And so, Summer 2017 petered out. But, just as we had put away the barbecue, switched chilled Chardonnay for hot chocolate and put on the electric blanket - AMAZING, we had the hottest Bank Holiday weekend ever recorded.  

Anyway, I do hope that whatever you were doing this summer and wherever you were doing it, you had a wonderful time.

Now, we have a great schedule of lectures for you to look forward to for the rest of this year. Our first autumn talk will be on Wednesday   September 13th  in the Charter Hall, Okehampton, starting at 10.30 am .  Coffee and brownies / biscuits will be served from 9.45.   Simon Rees will be telling us about
 
 400 years of Opera Design
 
Opera is an elaborate, even extravagant, art form. From its earliest times at the beginning of the 17th century, up to the present day, it has employed artists and architects to design sets and costumes, and has used the richest materials and effects, often by means of tromp-l’oeil and other forms of visual trickery. Simon Rees traces the arts associated with opera through surviving drawings, paintings, early theatres and their scenery, up to the present day, where such artists as John Piper, Sidney Nolan and David Hockney have thrived as theatre designers. Simon Rees draws on his own experience as Welsh National Opera’s Dramaturg from 1989-2012 in delivering this detailed and entertaining account.
 
Simon Rees Studied at Colchester Royal Grammar School and Trinity College, Cambridge, receiving a BA and an MA in English Literature. Taught in Italy and Japan, exploring the art and architecture of both countries. From 1989 to 2012 was Dramaturg at Welsh National Opera in Cardiff, working with set, costume and props designers and giving lectures on their work in opera production. Now a freelance writer and lecturer, lectures widely on opera, art history and literature, travelling extensively with travel companies. Has published several novels, including the award-winning The Devil's Looking-Glass, poems and opera librettos.
 
If you would like to bring a guest to this lecture please contact our Membership Secretary Cindy Telfer-Smollett at cynthia.smollett@gmail.com or telephone  01837 871481. Please ensure that you get confirmation from Cindy as we have a limit 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.

Muff is looking for some photographs of a typical Arts Society lecture meeting for a souvenir brochure for the 50th anniversary celebrations.  As our society is so youthful and good-looking, she has asked us to take some pictures at the September meeting.  So, if you would rather remain incognito or you charge for pictures of your image, let us know at the beginning of the meeting and we work around you.

 
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Dartmoor DFAS matters
 
NEW COMMITTEE MEMBER
A warm welcome to Claire Levey who was elected to the Committee at the AGM.  Claire has been practising her Brownie making skills and will be taking up her Committee role at the September meeting.  She is a welcome and valued addition to your Committee and we are delighted to have her on board.

FAREWELL
Founder member, Anna Rich from Chagford (previously Spreyton) has moved up to live with her daughter in North Wales.  She will be much missed by all her friends but has settled in well and sends her love to everyone who knows here.

CHARITY AUCTION - PAINTINGS BY LOCAL ARTISTS
The Pink Ladies of Hatherleigh  hold a big, charity fund raising Ball each October for a few local good causes and charities and this year, Send a Cow  is one of the chosen ones.   Included in the auction are three paintings by local professional artists and the proceeds from the sale of these will go directly to Send a Cow.  In order to encourage people to bid for the paintings, they will be on display at our September meeting.  You can see the whole auction (77 lots in all) on www.hatherleighpinkladies.co.uk   The Send a Cow lots are 18 to 35 and the pictures are nos. 20, 22 and 35. 
 
THE ART SOCIETY DARTMOOR
Don't forget  we are looking for a series of seasonal photographs for the website masthead. You may submit entries either by:- 
  • email to judithlawson@me.com or tnewco@btinternet.com; or
  • as a gloss print (no more than 28cm wide) to Judy Lawson, The Old Rectory, Jacobstowe, Okehampton EX20 3RQ.  Please make sure that your name and address is written on the back. If you wish your entry to be returned after the competition place include a suitably sized SAE with the entry and state it on the back of the entry.
Entries must reach Judy or Tim by 30 September.  

SW History of Art September / October 2017
This course starts next Tuesday  5 September.  If you have any queries or concerns or you want to make a last minute booking please get in touch with Tim Newcombe, the Course Coordinator on 01837 52901
 
NADFAS Golden Anniversary Celebration.
This celebration takes place over two days - 18 & 19 July 2018.  Our allocation of tickets will be available from 1 October - details next month. 
 
As part of the celebration, there will be an Art Exhibition of members' work.  Each person can submit up to three works of Fine or Decorative Art - drawing, photography, jewellery, stone carving, lace-making.  The only stipulations are that they are less than 3x3' or 25kgs. Each Artist should take a digital image of their work and send it to Muff Dudgeon (our Liaison Officer) by December 31st. If you would are interested in entering a piece of your work do contact Muff for more details on muff.dudgeon@icloud.com.
 
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The Arts Society South West 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 Arts Society South West Region website. Click on Special Interest Days and download a booking form.

Special Interest Days:-
  • Wednesday 22 November.  Frank Woodgate at the Best Western Hotel, Tiverton.   The Art of North America - from the sublime to the real.   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.  
  • 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
  • Thursday 15 March 2018.  Oliver Everett at the St Cuthbert's Centre, Buckfast. Windsor Castle: History and Occupants to the present day and how The Queen entertains there. Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest continuously occupied castle in the world. It has been enlarged and modified throughout its 900 year history to reflect the needs, ambitions and styles of various monarchs. As such, the castle has evolved from an impregnable fortress into a royal countyr residence which as well as being the queens favourite home, is regularly used by her on special occaisons. The restoration of the castle after the 1992 fire allowed Her Majesty to build on the developoment of the structure. The lecture shows how today's castle has grown from its 11th century origins and how the evolution relates to the personalities, tastes and foibles of its Royal occupants and to the history of Britain.
SW Area History of Arts Course  Jan / Feb 2018.
  • 5 days : Jan 18, 2018 : Victorian rebirth of medieval art. Jan 25: The story of icons. Feb 1: Who decides what is good art. Feb 15: The Birth of the Silver Screen and the art that surrounds it. Feb 22 :The History of Interior design.  At Dart’s Farm, Topsham, EX3 0QH. Cost £130. For details / booking contact Carol Cathcart at ridge.farm@btconnect.com. tel. 01404 841 401.
  • The same course is also being held Feb 22, March 1,8, 15, 22, 2018 at Castle House, Castle Green, Taunton (Museum of Somerset). Contact Dr David Yates at yatesdavid135@gmail.com tel. 01984 656 735 
Spring Tours.  
  • 15 night cruise with Fred Olsen Island-hopping to Petra.  Sailing on the Boudicca from Dover to Oporto, Cadiz, Ibiza, Valletta, Iraklion arriving in Aquba before spending an evening at Petra or Wadi Rum.  All enquiries to Mary Ginger (01823 490527) 
  • Study tour to Hertfordshire.  More details in due course.
 
We hope that you are able to join us on Wednesday 13 September.
 
Best wishes


Jo Wymer - Chairman jowymer@icloud.com
John Milton - Secretary johnmilton@creaber.ecliipse.co.uk
 
 
THE ARTS SOCIETY DARTMOOR
SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER
 
September 2017

Dear Members

Welcome to your September newsletter.

Now, where were we?  

Yes I remember, it was a hot day in mid-June and we had a great lecture on playing cards.  The sun was high in the sky and the weather forecast brilliant.  We parted company for the summer looking forward to picnics, barbecues, paddling in rock pools and sitting under the trees reading and relaxing.  And indeed the first ten days or so were blisteringly hot - vegetable watering three times a day, sipping iced tea and taking refuge in the shade.  And then suddenly it all came to a miserable end - cool, dull, grey and damp for days and then weeks and then months.  The 'summer' drifted by - no picnics, no al fresco eating, just dull and grey.  Then, before we had time for a final chorus of 'Here comes the Sun' (Beatles circa 1965), the shop windows were full of 'Back to School' displays and cut price bikinis, and the competitors for Strictly were being announced - had you heard of any of them? No, me neither.

And so, Summer 2017 petered out. But, just as we had put away the barbecue, switched chilled Chardonnay to hot chocolate and put on the electric blanket - AMAZING, we had the hottest Bank Holiday weekend ever recorded.  

Anyway, I do hope that whatever you were doing this summer and wherever you were doing it, you had a wonderful time.

Now, we have a great schedule of lectures for you to look forward to for the rest of this year. Our first autumn talk will be on Wednesday   September 13th  in the Charter Hall, Okehampton, starting at 10.30 am .  Coffee and brownies / biscuits will be served from 9.45.   Simon Rees will be telling us about
 
 400 years of Opera Design
 
Opera is an elaborate, even extravagant, art form. From its earliest times at the beginning of the 17th century, up to the present day, it has employed artists and architects to design sets and costumes, and has used the richest materials and effects, often by means of tromp-l’oeil and other forms of visual trickery. Simon Rees traces the arts associated with opera through surviving drawings, paintings, early theatres and their scenery, up to the present day, where such artists as John Piper, Sidney Nolan and David Hockney have thrived as theatre designers. Simon Rees draws on his own experience as Welsh National Opera’s Dramaturg from 1989-2012 in delivering this detailed and entertaining account.
 
Simon Rees Studied at Colchester Royal Grammar School and Trinity College, Cambridge, receiving a BA and an MA in English Literature. Taught in Italy and Japan, exploring the art and architecture of both countries. From 1989 to 2012 was Dramaturg at Welsh National Opera in Cardiff, working with set, costume and props designers and giving lectures on their work in opera production. Now a freelance writer and lecturer, lectures widely on opera, art history and literature, travelling extensively with travel companies. Has published several novels, including the award-winning The Devil's Looking-Glass, poems and opera librettos.
 
If you would like to bring a guest to this lecture please contact our Membership Secretary Cindy Telfer-Smollett at cynthia.smollett@gmail.com or telephone  01837 871481. Please ensure that you get confirmation from Cindy as we have a limit 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.

Muff is looking for photographs of a typical Arts Society lecture meeting for the souvenir brochure of the 50th anniversary celebrations.  As our society is so youthful and so good-looking, she has asked us to take some pictures at the September meeting.  So, if you would rather remain incognito or if you charge for pictures of your image, let us know at the beginning of the meeting and we will work around you.

 
 ****************************************
Dartmoor DFAS matters
 
NEW COMMITTEE MEMBER
A warm welcome to Claire Levey who was elected to the Committee at the AGM.  Claire has been practising her Brownie- making skills and will be taking up her Committee role at the September meeting.  She is a welcome and valued addition to the Committee and we are delighted to have her on board.

FAREWELL
Founder member, Anna Rich from Chagford (previously of Spreyton) has moved up to live with her daughter in North Wales.  She will be much missed by all her friends, but has settled in her new home well and sends her love to everyone who knows her.

CHARITY AUCTION - PAINTINGS BY LOCAL ARTISTS
The Pink Ladies of Hatherleigh  hold a big, charity fund raising Ball each October for a few local good causes and charities and this year, Send a Cow  is one of the chosen ones.   Included in the auction are three paintings by local professional artists and the proceeds from the sale of these three will go directly to Send a Cow.  In order to encourage people to bid for the paintings, they will be on display at our September meeting.  You can see the whole auction (77 lots in all) on www.hatherleighpinkladies.co.uk   The Send a Cow lots are 18 to 35 and the pictures are nos. 20, 22 and 35. 
 
THE ART SOCIETY DARTMOOR
Don't forget  we are looking for a series of seasonal photographs for the website masthead. You may submit entries either by:- 
  • email to judithlawson@me.com or tnewco@btinternet.com; or
  • as a gloss print (no more than 28cm wide) to Judy Lawson, The Old Rectory, Jacobstowe, Okehampton EX20 3RQ.  Please make sure that your name and address is written on the back. If you wish your entry to be returned after the competition place include a suitably sized SAE with the entry and state it on the back of the entry.
Entries must reach Judy or Tim by 30 September.  

SW History of Art September / October 2017
This course starts next Tuesday  5 September.  If you have any queries or concerns or you want to make a last minute booking please get in touch with Tim Newcombe, the Course Coordinator on 01837 52901
 
NADFAS Golden Anniversary Celebration.
This celebration takes place over two days - 18 & 19 July 2018.  Our allocation of tickets will be available from 1 October - details next month. 
 
As part of the celebration, there will be an Art Exhibition of members' work. Each person can submit up to three works of Fine or Decorative Art - drawing, photography, jewellery, stone carving, lace-making.  The only stipulations are that they are less than 3x3' or 25kgs. Each Artist should take a digital image of their work and send it to Muff Dudgeon (our Liaison Officer) by December 31st. If you are interested in entering a piece of your work do contact Muff for more details on muff.dudgeon@icloud.com.
 
***************************************
The Arts Society South West 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 Arts Society South West Region website. Click on Special Interest Days and download a booking form.

Special Interest Days:-
  • Wednesday 22 November.  Frank Woodgate at the Best Western Hotel, Tiverton.   The Art of North America - from the sublime to the real.   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.  
  • 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
  • Thursday 15 March 2018.  Oliver Everett at the St Cuthbert's Centre, Buckfast. Windsor Castle: History and Occupants to the present day and how The Queen entertains there. Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest continuously occupied castle in the world. It has been enlarged and modified throughout its 900 year history to reflect the needs, ambitions and styles of various monarchs. As such, the castle has evolved from an impregnable fortress into a royal country residence which as well as being the Queen's favourite home, is regularly used by her on special occaisons. The restoration of the castle after the 1992 fire allowed Her Majesty to build on the developoment of the structure. The lecture shows how today's castle has grown from its 11th century origins and how the evolution relates to the personalities, tastes and foibles of its Royal occupants and to the history of Britain. Booking details on the website.
SW Area History of Arts Course  Jan / Feb 2018.
  • 5 days : Jan 18, 2018 : Victorian rebirth of medieval art. Jan 25: The story of icons. Feb 1: Who decides what is good art. Feb 15: The Birth of the Silver Screen and the art that surrounds it. Feb 22 :The History of Interior design.  At Dart’s Farm, Topsham, EX3 0QH. Cost £130. For details / booking contact Carol Cathcart at ridge.farm@btconnect.com. tel. 01404 841 401.
  • The same course is also being held Feb 22, March 1,8, 15, 22, 2018 at Castle House, Castle Green, Taunton (Museum of Somerset). Contact Dr David Yates at yatesdavid135@gmail.com tel. 01984 656 735 
Spring Tours 2018. 
  • 15 night cruise with Fred Olsen Island-hopping to Petra.  Sailing on the Boudicca from Dover to Oporto, Cadiz, Ibiza, Valletta, Iraklion arriving in Aquba before spending an evening at Petra or Wadi Rum.  All enquiries to Mary Ginger (01823 490527) 
  • Study tour to Hertfordshire.  More details in due course.
 
We hope that you are able to join us on Wednesday 13 September and look forward to seeing you.
 
Best wishes


Jo Wymer - Chairman jowymer@icloud.com
John Milton - Secretary johnmilton@creaber.ecliipse.co.uk
 
 
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