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June 2019

Dear Member,

Just a very short word from me as the envelope (should you be receiving this by Wells Fargo) will already be bursting at the seams with all the Summer Exhibition paperwork. I hope it isn’t too much of a shock, but yes, the Summer Exhibition is almost upon us.  

Firstly, there have been a number of small alterations to the Rules and Regulations, so please read everything carefully before consigning it to the bin.

If you were one of the favoured few who won one or more trophies at the last exhibition, I am afraid that the time has come to remove all that loose change, the pot plant, the dogs treats or anything else you thought it was handy for, give it a quick buff and get it back to us no later than  the July meeting. Thank you.

The Exhibition needs stewarding throughout its run. You don’t have to be an exhibitor to steward, nor do you need to have years of experience under your belt. As an exhibitor however, we do expect you to do a stint at stewarding the exhibition. The stewarding is divided into morning and afternoon sessions with two stewards for each session. I know it’s a tall order, but, a welcoming smile, some helpful instructions and a bit of badinage and before you know it, it is time to go home. The ‘Stewarding Board’ will be on hand at the June and July monthly meetings, so the earlier you sign up, the more choice you will have to pick a slot that suits you. All you need do then, is make a careful note of the date and time of your chosen slot, and then make sure you turn up on the day please.  

My final task is to encourage you, (as if I needed to) if you haven’t already completed, varnished (obviously not the watercolour, and probably not the textile) and framed your exhibits for this year’s show, to get yourself into gear and get something produced. If you are struggling for inspiration, a reminder of the subject of this year’s Alan Marsh Trophy might help. ‘What Lies Beneath’ was the subject chosen for 2019 by last year’s judges, so there should be plenty of scope there – the heavens, the oceans, the kitchen table, even that old broken slab-stone in the garden – the fluff under the bed (after Tracey Emin) might be one for the textiles –  the possibilities are endless. So no excuses, go to it and get creative!

The Art Festival Events are in full swing as I write, and appear to be doing well. Most are well subscribed to, but there are still places available on one or two, including the 4 hour challenge on the Sea Front with Tom Voyce. If you are interested, please get in touch  with Phil. 

The Hornsea Treasure Hunt will run throughout July, with the lucky winner being drawn from the hat at the end of the Exhibition. The various paintings which are the subject of the Hunt will be on display around the town from the beginning of July.

I think that is it from me. A big thank you to Hon. Secretary Steve Truelove for his e mails and video clips which are keeping us all so well informed as well as entertained!

Enjoy your art.

Chris Caley