Special Interest Day, West Midlands Area – “Two Wrekin Gems” – July 2018
The Summer Special Interest Day, on Thursday 19th July 2018 – ‘Two Wrekin Gems’ – will take a different format to enable members to appreciate two of the Treasures in the Wrekin area. In the morning the lecturer will be Tobias Capwell, an Arts Society lecturer. The venue will be Tong Parish Hall (for coffee and lunch) and Tong Church which is well known for its collection of Medieval tombs.
Transferring after lunch to Weston Park, which is only a short distance away, Gareth Williams, Curator and Head of Learning, will give a talk on Chippendale’s Workshop – 2018 is the Tercentenary of his birth. There will be guided tours of the House before enjoying an afternoon cream tea.
Members will also have the opportunity to visit the Granary Gallery to see the Daimler Art Collection featuring work by German photographer Dieter Blum as well as exploring the formal garden and grounds. The park is open until 6pm.
Numbers are limited, so early booking is essential.
On Wednesday 13th June 2018, we held a combined Golden Jubilee of The Arts Society and Silver Anniversary of The Arts Society Royal Leamington Spa in the Moncrieffe Room at Walton Hall. Tickets were £50 per head and we sold 69 of a contracted 70.
The evening was a great success and the highlights of the occasion were a speech from our founder Chairman, Mrs Catherine Leahy, and a superb talk from Lady Hamilton, whose husband had once owned Walton Hall.
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Art and Life in Santa Fe, New Mexico – November 2016
On 18th November 2016, we hosted a Day of Special Interest, at the Glebe Hotel, Barford, given by Dr James Russell, entitled “Art and Life in Santa Fe, New Mexico.”
As well as interesting lectures on the history and geography of the Santa Fe area, and how an artistic community was attracted to the area, the work of Georgia O’Keeffe featured strongly. The day followed shortly after the end of the exhibition of her work at Tate Modern. Georgia O’Keeffe at Tate Modern
On 20th November 2015, we held a very successful study day (Day of Special Interest) at the Glebe Hotel , Barford, on the work of John Singer Sargent, entitled – ” Fizz and Crackle – Imagination, Innovation and Curiosity on the work of John Singer Sargent.”
Mary Alexander was our lecturer for the day, and gave us a most informative, entertaining and visually enjoyable three lectures about this prolific artist.