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SPRING 2020 NEWSLETTER

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2019 Selection Day for New Exhibiting Members

Our Selection Day was on Saturday 27 July 2019 in St Catherine's Village Hall and was well attended.  

Congratulations to the following members who are now acclaimed Exhibiting Members of the Society.

David Hardcastle, Janina Klein, Val Thorpe, Stephen Pitchforth, Michael Gallone, Sandra Tingle, Sarah Thien and Therese Ferrero. 

We look forward to seeing their work at our Autumn Exhibition at West Horsley Place.

We hope that those who were not successful this time will not be discouraged and will try again next year.

SUCCESSFUL POP-UP ON 14 SEPT 2019

At Trinity Church on Guildford High Street we had a busy day dealing with many visitors.  Many were in town because it was Guildford Heritage Day and were pleased to see us opposite Abbott House representing the creative side of the Guildford area.  

Sales went well and all visitors were interested and inquisitive.  Many thanks to  everyone for help and time and support. and to the Church volunteers who provided drinks and cakes to all.  Our Exhibition Secretary reports "It was great fun although my feet at the end of the day didn’t agree". 

2019 Autumn Exhibition at West Horsley Place 

Our exhibition ran from Saturday 2nd to Sunday 10 November 2019 with Exhibiting Members' works on show at West Horsley Place, Epsom Road, West Horsley, KT24 6AN.  This is just off the Epsom Road (A25) on the north side after you have gone easterly past the Squires Garden Centre. 

This Grade 1 old manor house is where Henry VIII and Elizabeth I dined. It was left in her will by the Countess of Roxburghe to Bamber Gascoigne. He transferred it to the Mary Roxburghe Trust which is now rescuing and restoring the 380 acre estate and the Grade 1 Manor House. 

Some of the works shown are also in our on line Gallery on this website, which you can view by clicking here or going to the Gallery page above.

This exhibition was very successful with a great many visitors from the prosperous areas surrounding West Horsley Place. They were pleased to visit works of art in a very well known Manor House that used to be private and secluded but is now being restored. 

Thanks to everyone who helped make this exhibition such a success, our best ever and to the exhibition team that worked so hard to make the 2019 exhibiting year a memorable one. 

Statistics from the West Horsley Place Exhibition:  

  • We had approx 1500 visitors 

  • We sold 71 pieces of art by 38 artists including sales by new 2019 exhibiting artists 

  • Most expensive piece sold £790 

  • Highest selling artist £1250 (two pieces - one buyer) 

  • Value of artwork entered £64,000

  • Total artwork sales 2019 Autumn exhibition - £14,245 !

  • Sum Total of artwork Sales for 2019 is Spring exhibition +pop up +Autumn exhibition = over £20,000 

Well done member artists!  👏👏👏👏

Our success means more work.  We could do with more members' help.  So let’s hear from you. Don’t be shy.  Contact exhibitions coordinator Ingrid Skoglund or email gasartexhibitions@yahoo.com

Prize Winners

We would like to thank Giles Reid, Trustee of West Horsley Place @WestHorsleyPlace who opened our exhibition on Saturday 2 Nov 2019.  Giles was introduced by our Chairman, Sinclair Webster. 

Our President June Allison officiated the awards presentation to the following artists at the opening.

AJS Award to Maggie Butler for "Bird Form" 

George Weil Award to Christine Taharian for "The View"

Mary Wilkie Award to Michael Gallone for "Clacton Beach"

The Aquarius Award to Valerie Thorpe for "Maltese Harbour" 

The President’s Award to Anne Heat for "Chamomile and Cup" 

The Country Club Award to Fiona Champion for "Amur Leopard"

The RSM Contemporary Artwork Prize to Margaret Benton for "Girl Blue" 

REPORT UPON THE SPRING EXHIBITION AT THE PAVILION

The 2019 Spring Exhibition was showcased this year at a brand new venue - The Pavilion at Guildford Cricket Club in Woodbridge Road - a big step away from the familiarity and support of Guildford House where we had exhibited for many years.

The new display boards were erected professionally and competently by Bob Milton and a team of helpers and with tables and fresh crisp linen supplied by The Pavilion the Exhibition infrastructure gradually took place.   
Thanks to the creative efforts of the stewards it all fell into place very quickly and the results looked just great.   

The opening day was a great success. The Hon MP for Guildford Anne Milton arrived in good time and was introduced by our new Chair Sinclair Webster.  It was gratifying that Anne stayed far longer than she needed and took a great interest in the artworks.  We also sold 18 pieces of artwork on this first day, facilitated  by a card payment system.

Visitor numbers for the week totalled approx 500 for the 10 days. This equals the number of visitors counted by us in Autumn 2018 for a longer duration at Guildford House.  The excellent free parking and disabled facilities opened the Exhibition to those less mobile who have not been able to visit and enjoy our work in the past .  
In total we achieved sales of 35 pieces of artwork over the 10 days  by 22 artists.  

The Mother’s day event was a great success - there was an enthusiastic take-up of the fizz and the highest daily total of visitors of the exhibition at just under 100.  Visitors were still coming in whilst we were packing up at 6.00pm.   

The feedback from our visitors was fantastic.  There was only praise and positive comments.  I was very proud to a be associated with such a talented society.  The committee and all the many helpers did a truly awesome job. Your input, creativity and ingenuity made this exhibition such a great success and a platform to build on for future exhibitions. Thank you all so much - What A Team!       

Ingrid Skoglund 

Exhibitions coordinator

The Spring Exhibition Prize Winners

The visiting public voted to choose the prize winners which are shown below.

First Prize: Feel the Breeze Cornwall by Bara Aylwin

Second Prize: Birds Over The Allotment by Tony Todd

Third Prize: Garden Plants by Margaret Arnold