President: Anne Maw, Lord-Lieutenant

Patron: André Wallace

Dear Reader(s),

Thank you for rejoining by paying you sub promptly. It is a great encouragement to your committee. We have 65 members and hope, with your help, to gain more.

With sadness I report that Ken Grieb, our oldest member and generous supporter, died on 11 February in his 101st year.  Thanks to him we established the annual lecture in his name, which continues this October. Ken gave us a second benefaction and we are putting it towards paying our speakers. A London architect by profession, Ken retired to Wembdon, joined Chandos and us, and exhibited with them at Bridgwater Arts Centre and occasionally with us. A memorial event is to be arranged by his nephew. We will let you know the date when we have the details.

Trish Jones opened our 2019 programme with a stimulating talk (18 February) on Louise Bourgeois and the Japanese artist Yahoi Kusama, two grand old dames of modern art, who were innovative and very different. Good discussion followed and we enjoyed our first meeting in the East Hall at Trull Church Community Centre. We are booked there for four further talks. There is ample free parking, just 100 yards below the Centre, and opposite the church, in the first section of the Memorial Hall car park.

On show that evening was a painting by Mike Tarr called Glimpse Vesuvius which we have bought for our permanent collection. It is one of a series he has been painting of Glimpses in which we peep through openings in buildings or spaces. He is enjoying creating works that stem partly from his draughtsmanship days in an architect’s office.

We shall show the painting again at Sara Dudman’s talk on Howard Hodgkin in the same venue on 18 March. Anna has sent out information about that talk.

We have an arrangement with the Museum of Somerset that our members can claim reduced entry to their talks. We are invited to attend the panel discussion there on May 2nd at 7.30 about the Doris Hart Exhibition for a discounted £8.50. The exhibition opens this week – on 16 March. I suggest you have your SAGT programme with you.

Christine Marsh is arranging a fundraising coffee morning for us on Friday 29 March (10.30 – noon) on the top floor of Peagasus Court, overlooking the county cricket ground. Please contact me if you can help and would enjoy meeting other residents. These occasions are fun and enable us to be better known in the community. To attend ring flat number 23 if there is no one to open the main outside door for you.

Our AGM is taking place in the Brewhouse in the Westward room at 6.30 on Tuesday 9 April. We will deal with our business and finish in good time to see the Rembrandt film showing there at 7.30. Do hope you can join us for these events.

With best wishes,
Jeremy (Harvey)

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