DSC Newsletter May 2017   

Trophy Exhibition 2017
 With this year’s successful and enjoyable exhibition still in mind, the Committee has booked the same venue for the May Bank Holiday, 2018. Many Club members gave a great deal of their time to supervising the exhibition, a core of members being in the hall virtually full time. It is a pleasure to thank them on behalf of all Club members. This year we had 110 hung paintings, over 40 pictures in the browsers and a large number of high quality greetings cards on sale. Several visitors mentioned that there was an overall high standard of work on show. Congratulations to all exhibitors.
Our adjudicator this year was Rachael Pinks, a well known local artist. She took great care, deliberating for almost two hours before making her choices as follows:
Trophy Winner :
Elizabeth Harris with a pastel painting “Riven Oak”.


Six paintings were Highly Commended:
Elaine Bainbridge: “Just the Path Through the Woods”.
Ruth Portlock: “Three Pike”.
Julie Maxwell: “Rupert With One Arm”.
Joseph Read:“Curiouser and Curiouser”.
Peter Valentine:”Claire”.
Peter Valentine: “Ariadne”.


Visitors’ Choice: 
Peter Valentine had most votes.
Charles Chen came second
Other high scorers were:
E. Bainbridge, Kamaljit, L. Griggs,
M. Griffiths, F. Jackson and J. Read


During the exhibition 16 pictures and many greetings cards were sold. The records kept by our Hon. Treasurer, Jack Porteous, show that the value of sales was the highest for four years.
On the day before the exhibition opened to the public, members of the committee gave generously of their time in collecting the display boards, setting them up, hanging the pictures and preparing the slide show. After the judging had taken place, the warm and friendly atmosphere of the day continued into the evening when the pre-opening party took place. Rachael Pinks was pleased to distribute the winners’ certificates at the party and she was presented with a bouquet of flowers. A mention must be made of the refreshments prepared by Marlene Griffiths, which satisfied all our needs in food and drink. We all thank Marlene and warn her that we intend to repeat this happy event next year.
The exhibition opened to the public on the Friday and at 11.00a.m we welcomed the Mayor of Derby, Councillor John Whitby, who declared the event open. He stayed for quite a long time, showing great interest in those works which caught his eye. He spoke knowledgeably about art and indicated that he had studied the subject to degree level. Before he left he was presented with a bottle of wine as a token of our appreciation of his visit.
Visitors flowed through the door and it was a rare occasion when only a few were present. The fact that many viewers escaped without signing the Visitors’ Book is clear since 135 people signed the book, but over 300 voted in the Visitors’ Choice. Actually, we had literally hundreds of visitors – and many dogs, on leads. Quite certainly more than ever before.
 Now that we have found this venue and experienced the enjoyment of displaying our Trophy Exhibition there, we are taking care to secure our future shows at Markeaton. As already mentioned, we have placed a booking for next year. We believe that people will remember how enjoyable their visits were and will bring their friends to view our works.
Potential Coach Trips
Ian Davidson has, kindly, accepted the role of Club Outings’ Organiser. He has displayed a sheet of possible trips to places of artistic interest in the Clubroom kitchen. He requests that members indicate which places they would like to visit. He is also keen to receive suggestions for such visits.
Summer Outdoor Painting
As John Blundell is no longer available, Club member David Llewellyn has kindly drawn up a schedule of outdoor painting venues within easy reach of Derby. He has ensured that parking and refreshment facilities are close by. Details are available on our page dedicated to "Painting Trips Programme" under the "What's On section".  Meetings will begin at 10.00a.m. at the places indicated blow:
7th June:Markeaton Park: Parking at Craft Centre.
14th June:Shardlow:By Canal ( near homes of Ron and Marlene – 27 and 29 Wilne Lane).
21st June: Darley Abbey – Park at Village Hall.
28th June:The Quaker house at Castle Donington
5th July: Calke Abbey –National Trust.
12th July: Elvaston Castle
19th July: Markeaton Park Craft Centre.
26th July: Shardlow- by canal, as before.
2nd Aug: Cromford Mill –Arkwright Mill courtyard.
9th Aug: Darley Abbey Village Hall car park.
16th Aug:The Quaker house at Castle Donington.
23rd Aug: Elvaston Castle
30th Aug: Calke Abbey – National Trust.
6th Sept: Cromford mill – Arkwright Mill courtyard.
13th Sept: Markeaton Park at Craft centre.
20th Sept: Shardlow – by canal – as before
27th Sept: Darley Abbey – Village Hall car park.
Ticknall Art Exhibition
The annual Ticknall exhibition is intended to raise funds for the local private primary school. It is the largest show of its kind in the Midlands and said to be the best place locally for selling paintings. As always, quite a few of our Club members are preparing to enter their paintings. Remember, it takes place in late August. Now is the time to get painting.
Joseph Read (Chairman)

Last updated: Sunday 04th June 2017