Our meeting was a painting day, quite a few members attended remembering the distances some have to travel and also braving the temperature during this mini heat wave. This was the last day for submitting entries for our exhibition – Celebrating Nature – which will be held at Weston Park Granary Art Gallery from 31st August to 29th September. There was as much chatting as painting which led to a good atmosphere and eventually the temperature became too much and we finished early. There is so much colour in the gardens at this time of year it is often difficult to decide what to paint. Next month those members that cannot take their pictures to Weston Park can hand them in at the meeting.
At the Annual General Meeting our chair reported that we had a busy year since our meetings started again and our treasurer stated that our finances were in good order. At the end of the meeting the competition for a floral crown had joint winners, Annabel for her fresh flower and foliage tiara and Jennifer with her crown.
Members are reminded that the submission forms for entries to our next exhibition should be returned by 17th July. The exhibition ‘Celebrating Nature’ at Weston Park Gallery will be open during September.
On Thursday 12th May some members of the society made a repeat visit to Morton Hall near Redditch. They had a conducted tour of the gardens including the wild flower meadow, Japanese Garden and Rockery. There were a lot of tulips still in flower. The visit finished with lunch in the orangery.
Congratulations to member Celia Scottow who has two coloured pencil drawings accepted for exhibit at the Society of Botanical Artists Plantae 2022 Exhibition. This takes place at the Mall Gallery in London from 15th-18th June.
A fantastic workshop on 15th May with Laura Silburn on a subject she specialises in – Ferns. Laura gave us all a document she has produced on ferns. We worked our way through this with her, identifying parts of a fern together with making sketches of the fern structures, fronds and pinnae as well as the various forms of growth. This was a very comprehensive session which we found both stimulating and challenging. Laura had brought many examples of fern both potted and dried fronds as well as examples of her award winning work. Many thanks to Laura for this workshop which we booked her for two years ago but the Covid pandemic intervened.
Some members of the society made a return visit to Morton Hall, near Redditch on the morning of Thursday 12th May. A little earlier in the year to our last visit so they were able to see the meadow in bloom and tulips in the garden. After a guided tour they enjoyed lunch in the orangery.
On Sunday 10th April some members of the society visited Weston Park instead of meeting at Stirchley. It proved to be a sunny day and as well as looking around the lovely grounds members took the opportunity to see inside the house. Hopefully some ideas from the garden will appear as paintings in our next exhibition in the Granary Art Gallery. ‘Celebrating Nature’ which will be in September 2022.