We enjoyed an interesting and amusing lecture on Capability Brown on the 4th May. If you would like to read a report on it, it should appear in The Courier of Friday, 13th May.
On the 1st June, Mary-Rose Rivett-Carnac will be telling us how the Public Catalogue Foundation came to be established in 2003 to find, photograph and record over 200,000 oil paintings that are publicly owned and in the care of the State, Local Authority and Charitable Trusts. We will hear about the detective work involved, the intriguing paintings discovered and assistance given by NADFAS members. £6 million was raised for this project towards which we, like many others, gave one-off donations. It took 10 years to complete and some 30,000 site visits were made. The artworks are now recorded in books, each showing the paintings in that county.
There is a waiting list of people wanting to go to Boughton House. However it is always worth putting your name on this list by contacting Shirley Skinner, as unforeseen circumstances can arise.
Because we are currently having difficulty in finding a suitable book on Chagall, the member with the winning raffle ticket at the AGM may receive another art book.
The AGM papers, including the renewal form, will be emailed to you around the 1st June and there will be no update that month. Please remember to check your spam folder or clutterbox if it does not arrive and failing that, contact Keith (kroberts @globalnet.co.uk)
Further to my comment last month that RLSDFAS valued relationships with other local arts organisations, perhaps I should make it clear that this does not relate to sponsorship. There may be information we can share and ways in which we can help each other. For example, we may have a lecture that would greatly appeal to members of another organization and we would consider inviting them to come as guests.
Felicity Furber, Chairman