The A.G.M. for 2016 took place on January 27th. It always seems to be more reasonable to finish off the year before reporting on it. The meeting was well attended and thanks are due to those Club members who made the effort to turn out on that cold evening. The party after the meeting was very convivial and the committee felt that it would be a good idea to have more such parties during the year, perhaps after a Friday evening drawing session. We’ll see if it happens.
Members were invited to comment on last year’s A.G.M. minutes, when they had been read out by the Vice-Chairwoman, Ann Eames.The Chairman, Joe Read, then reported on the year’s activities. It was a pretty full year, as follows:
* Jan: Club Lunch (Littleover Lodge)
* Feb: Demo with Peter Valentine
* April:Critique (Rosemary Mills)
* May: Life Workshop with Guy Evans
* June: Trophy Exhibition (Markeaton)
* July: Demo.with Peter Valentine, July: London Trip to R.A. Open
* Sept:Demo.with Liz Nast (Cancelled)
* Oct: Demo. with Carol Baker
Other trips were:
* Salford Quays for the Lowry Exhibition.
* Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield,
* Whitworth Gallery, Manchester
There were also fifteen “en plein air”days during the year, organised by John Blundell.
All in all, a satisfying list of events outside the usual Tuesday and Friday drawing and painting sessions.
The chairman thanked individual committee members for their input towards the running of the club. He stated that the present committee has the correct number of members according to the Rule Book and he expressed the hope that they would all retain their positions when the appropriate item was raised on the agenda.
Jack Porteous, the Treasurer explained his balance sheets of Club funds. He suggested that the annual fee for members should be £25 this year, while for new members it should stay at £30. He also suggested that some coach trips could be subsidised for Club members and that occasional drawing sessions could be free of charge for members. These three suggestions were heartily approved by all present.
Jack also spoke of the Club website, which he has brought to a new standard of efficiency. He reminded members that a free web gallery of their works is available. All they have to do is contact Magdalena Aron, our website wizard, and send her a few photographs over the net. She will place them into a personal gallery.
Ann Eames gave us some interesting details about the year’s coach trips. She advertised the coming trip to Liverpool to see the Pre-Raphaelite exhibition, and asked for someone to take over the running of the Club’s outings which she has for so long organised.
Ian Davidson said that he would be willing to help.
Ron Lightbown, the Models’ Co-ordinator, spoke briefly about the Friday sessions. He explained that he and Ann Eames work out the yearly calendar and that they take pains to balance portrait and still life evenings over the year.
John Blundell described the out-of-doors painting expeditions which he has organised. He was particularly pleased with the Quaker House in Castle Donington where the lady in charge kept them topped up with tea, biscuits, cake and sweets for their entire stay.
John tendered his resignation from the committee at the meeting due to family reasons. He is quite willing to continue as a key holder and in his other roles, but outside the committee and only for as long as his family commitments allow.
The chairman said that, as a co-opted member, John has been an asset to the committee. He presented John with a gift in appreciation of his efforts on behalf of the Club.
Members were reminded that they should already be preparing their entries to the next Trophy Exhibition, at the end of May,which is booked in the same gallery as last year. Also mentioned was the Ticknall exhibition as the best art sales room in Derbyshire.
By a show of hands, the retiring committee was returned, for 2017, to their previous offices.
After the meeting there was a fine party with hot snacks, salads, pork pies and crisps thanks to Marlene Griffiths. Thanks, also, to Ann Eames who provided the wine and soft drinks, Everyone enjoyed the occasion and we eventually closed the hall at well after 10 p.m.
Ann Eames has provided a list for members to sign up for the coach trip to Liverpool in April. It is rapidly filling. The exhibition in the Walker Gallery has received excellent reviews in the newspapers and should be well worth seeing.
The chairman reported that he had represented the Club at the Memorial Service in the cathedral for Sir John Bather, the former Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire who for many years was the Club’s patron.
It is a little late now, but the committee would like to wish all Club members a happy and artistically satisfying new year.
Joseph Read (Chairman)
Last updated: Tuesday 25th April 2017