Newsletter # 43 November 2015


Stella Murray Whatley


The Marquis of Bath
the late Jack Coulthard

Dear Reader(s)

The natural November daylight is less suitable for painting indoors but we have art for you to look at and learn about. Pennie Elfick is talking about her artistic journey and her paintings in conversation with Andy Davey at 7.30 on Thursday night, 12th November, in CICCIC at the top of Park Street. There’s plenty of free parking nearby. We shall have the chance to see on screen examples of her work and to join in the conversation. Come with a friend and enjoy meeting Pennie and others.

And in the Brewhouse Gallery we have just hung 26 paintings by the late Peter Coate RWA, mostly landscapes, which are on show until 23rd November. Apart from Sundays, the Brewhouse is now open. Go in by the Box Office doors and walk round to the old foyer, now ‘the promenade’, and enjoy Doug Allan’s photos of animals that live in the wildest places on earth before looking at the late Peter Coate’s Somerset and Welsh farms, river and lake scenes, watercolours and pastels. He has generously given us (SAGT) these pictures which are on sale at greatly reduced prices. Of those we exhibited earlier in the Café gallery in the Conference Centre, Somerset College, six were sold, bringing us over £1000. With Christmas approaching and a much larger potential audience, we hope these new works will also prove popular and sell.

In October Bronwen Bradshaw gave a talk on Gabriele Münter, the German expressionist artist, who was a very good painter though she is still largely unknown in the UK. She partnered Kandinsky and they were friendly with Klee, Jawlensky and Marianne von Werefkin. Alone in Munich in 1970 as a teacher of English, Bronwen found that where she lived and the art she saw, especially at the Lenbachhaus Museum, kept connecting her with Münter and her story. She began finding out more and so shared her journey into German Expressionism and her fascination with Münter. Bronwen hopes to put her talk on the internet, if so we will pass on the link. Her audience entered into her story and enjoyed the images she showed us.

Anna is soon to be inviting you to sign up for our Christmas lunch at the Quantock Restaurant conservatory on Wednesday December 9th. They have reserved 25 places for us. Best to reply quickly to Anna’s information.

We are now compiling our 2016 programme. Here’s some advance notice: on Thursday January 7th at 2.00 pm we invite you to see the Goya Portraits at the National Gallery; and then some of us may well go on to the Giacometti exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Make your own travel arrangements, and please let Anna or me know if you want to join us at the NG or NPG. Both shows finish on 10th January.

January too is the time for sub renewals, Anna will be sending out a reminder.

With best wishes (and early Christmas greetings),


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