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 June 2017

Dear Members

Welcome to your June newsletter - the final one before the summer break.

Well, the Election will soon be behind us and the next excitement is our AGM, where you will be asked to approve the nominations for Officers and Committee members for the forthcoming year, and give your approval to the change of name from NADFAS to The Arts Society.  
The AGM is on Wednesday  June 14th  in the Charter Hall, Okehampton, starting at 10.15 am  followed by the  talk at 10.30.  Coffee and brownies / biscuits will be served from 9.30 am.   Yasha Beresiner will be telling us about
 The Fascinating World of Playing Cards
Surprisingly today’s playing cards date back to 1377. Decks from 1475 still survive. The English deck is of French origin and the Company of Makers of Playing Cards was founded in 1628 to protect English makers from French importations. Cards were used as a medium of communication, propaganda or education: the 1678 Titus Oates plot is illustrated on a 52 card deck published at the time and known as The Horrid Popish Plot. Francis Barlow illustrated the cards depicting Marlborough's Victories in 1707. Modern cards follow in these old traditions with some wonderful collectors’ decks of today. 
Yasha Beresiner Qualified as a lawyer from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has lived in England since 1963. Has lectured extensively to antiques collector's clubs, the Rotary Club, Women's Institute, Masonic Societies and Red & Blue Badge Guide audiences. He is a qualified City of London guide and a past Master of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards. As well as various magazine articles, other publications include The City of London Masonic Guide (2006), A Collector's Guide to Paper Money, and British County Maps.
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 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

Can you fill the space?
A Summer Competition to find images for our website masthead.
We hope, with your help, to create a new masthead for our website. We are looking for a series of images, naturalistic or abstract that reflect the glories of Dartmoor. The new national logo will be superimposed by the web master at the bottom left hand corner of each image.  So over the summer when you are out walking on the moor, take your camera or your paints and easel alternatively look out those old photographs of times past that reflect life on  the moor.

Entries may be made in one of two ways.  Either email your photograph to or or submit it as a photo quality 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 of the photograph.

Entries must reach Judy or Tim by 31 August.  At our September meeting, the finalists will be displayed and we will all have a chance to vote for the 10 pictures which best reflect aspects of Dartmoor.  Full details of the competition will be emailed to you in the next week or so and will also be available at the June meeting.

SW History of Art September / October 2017
The SW History of Art course - Sept 5: Gods, Goddesses and Heroes. Sept 12: Stained Glass Windows. Sept 19: Colonial art of Hispanic South America. Oct 3: How to look at Paintings. Oct 10: Charles Rennie Macintosh and the Glasgow Boys.  The course is tutored by Geri Parlby and Jeni Fraser, and  hosted by Dartmoor DFAS. It  will be held at All Saints hall, Okehampton (10.30 for 11.00 to 3.30pm).   The  cost is £130. The course is designed to help you unwrap, decode, understand and appreciate the art and artists who have made their mark on history. To join / find out more please contact Tim Newcombe, the Course Coordinator, on 01837 52901.
Discovery Day
Caroline is still taking expressions of interest for the Tom Duncan Discovery Day which will take place on November 2nd at the Arundell Arms.  Tom will present 3 lectures covering The Grand Tour. There will be coffee / teas on arrival plus a two-course lunch.  All for £36.  Please contact Caroline  if you would like to attend on 01837 849270 or
NADFAS Golden Anniversary Celebration. - Reminder
This celebration will now take place over two days - 18 & 19 July 2018.  Our allocation of tickets will be available from 1 October. Don't worry, we will remind you at the time. The cost is £40 for the whole day's events or £10 for Exhibitions, Call My Bluff and a Cream tea.  
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
Again, we will remind you of this information after the summer break.
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:-
  • COMING UP SOON 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
  • NEW Thursday 6 July.  Bertie Pearce A Magical Extravaganza & Indulgent Tea Party.  Palace Hotel, Torquay.  2pm £20.  Booking 01803 200703.
  • 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.  Applications now open.
  • 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. A Very Royal Treasure.  Details to follow.
NEW 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 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 tel. 01984 656 735 

Spring Tours.  
  • NEW FOR 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) 
  • NEW FOR 2018.  Study tour to Hertfordshire.  More details in due course.
We hope that you are able to join us on 14 June and don't forget - coffee from 9.30am
Best wishes

Jo Wymer - Chairman
John Milton - Secretary
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