News Update

Your Committee is delighted to see that many members have joined our Zoom lectures, and last week was no exception. We are especially grateful to Lindy Wilson and James Moore for their assistance in ensuring our MailChimp emails and Zoom lectures and are received and enjoyed by our members.

We are still looking at ways and means of “hosting” a Special Interest Event and hope to be able to organise this in April. Alison Lornie is currently arranging this and we will keep you advised of developments.

In the shorter term, our next lecture on 11 March is entitled “Two women who Scandalised the Art World” (Suzanne Valadon and the Marchesa Luisa Casati)” (lecturer: Julian Halsby)

“Suzanne, featured in works by Toulouse-Lautrec and Renoir, rose from the backstreets of Montmartre to exhibit her own modern paintings. Luisa, born into wealth, launched herself into a wild life in which she became a work of art. Painted by Boldini and Augustus John and photographed by Man Ray and Cecil Beaton, she became a fashion icon and legend in her own time”.

Julian Halsby studied History of Art at Cambridge. Formerly Senior Lecturer and Head of Department at Croydon College of Art. Publications include Venice – the Artist’s Vision (1990, 1995), The Art of Diana Armfield RA(1995), Dictionary of Scottish Painters (1990, 1998, 2001, 4th edition 2010), A Hand to Obey the Demon’s Eye (2000), Scottish Watercolours 1740-1940 (1986, 1991), A Private View – David Wolfers and the New Grafton Gallery (2002). Interviews artists for the Artist Magazine and is a member of the International Association of Art Critics and The Critics Circle. A practising artist, he was elected to the Royal Society of British Artists in 1994 and appointed Keeper in 2010.

Our Programme Secretary, Sue, is now working hard to compile a programme of lectures for 2022. As you know, we are always looking for help on the Committee and appreciate that members may not be prepared to dedicate their time to join the Committee on a full time basis. However, as soon as we are able to meet face-to-face we would welcome volunteers at Lectures, Visits and Special Interest events. Please let us know if you can help.

Lindy will be in touch with the Zoom link early in March.

Take care and keep well.

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