On Wednesday 26th May some members visited the gardens at Morton Hall near Redditch, private gardens open by appointment. The approach to the hall was through meadow that was filled with buttercups. After an introductory talk on the history of the house and garden we started our tour at the Japanese stroll garden. Here was a typical Tea House and the waters edge was lined by candelabra primula. There are seven individual gardens, including a more formal area and a vegetable garden all designed to give colour from March until October. The gardens were stunning, packed with interesting perennials, roses, clematis and shrubs and the views across the surrounding valley such a surprise. A lovely afternoon finished with tea and cake.
Exhibition – Botanical Treasures: Inspiration from Nature in Porcelain and on Paper. From 27th May until 31st October at the Museum of Royal Worcester during the museum opening hours. This is an exhibition between the Museum and the Gloucestershire Society for Botanical Illustration (GSBI). The artworks displayed alongside the museums collections of porcelain. There will be artist demonstrations from GSBI members every other week. One of our society members Carol Hardie will be demonstrating on Saturday 3rd July and Saturday 21st August.
On 24th April 2021 some members of the society took part in a Zoom workshop with Sarah Morrish. The topic was ‘Characteristics of Trees in Spring. Twigs and Bursting Buds in Pen and Ink’. Sarah gave a comprehensive talk on the key features to look for on winter twigs which was accompanied with a handout e-mailed prior to the talk. This was followed by a demonstration in pen and ink of an outline and stippling of a bursting horse chestnut bud. Members found this workshop inspirational.
We are now in the last two weeks of our exhibition at Weston park. There will be demonstrations in the Granary Art Gallery. The feed back from visitors has been very positive.
Monday 17th & 24th May – Jane Wilkes – 11am-3pm – Colored Pencil. Tuesday 26th May – Liz Green – 11am – 4pm – Watercolour Painting and Drawing. Thursday 27th May – Jeni Neale – 11am-3.30pm – Watercolour Painting
Our exhibition is open from 12th April to 27th May daily from 11am to 4pm
Water droplets with Ann Swan – 10 members had a Zoom workshop with Ann Swan on 18th March. This was a coloured pencil workshop with Ann demonstrating as we followed, it was amazing how much was achieved in the two hour period.
Another Zoom workshop by Sarah Morrish will be held on 24th April the topic is ”Buds and Twigs”
Our exhibition ‘Flora Mundi’ which has been in place at Weston Park since the end of October should open on the 12th April until the 27th May 2021. We are now hopeful that the public will be able to see our work.
We have planned that our meetings will resume on 27th June with our AGM and continue monthly following, this obviously it depends on Covid lockdown restrictions being lifted according to the government plan.
If the Open Studios event takes place at Stirchley in September we will be taking part, there are no details at present about the dates.
Unfortunately our work could not go on display in December. The Weston Park Estate is under Tier 3 COVID-19 restrictions and they have had to close the estate and their Christmas events will not go ahead as planned. There will be a review on 16th December but there is no guarantee that the situation will change.
The curator has said that our exhibition will stay in place during January and February 2021 hoping that they will be able to open the gallery during this time.
As the future is still uncertain we have been unable to set dates for any future society meetings. Rest assured we will be back – keep painting and stay safe. Best wishes to all for a peaceful Christmas and a better 2021.