On Thursday the 25th of November we held our last meeting for 2021 at the Athenaeum and what a fun evening we had. Our president, Liz Pearson opened the meeting with all the formalities, welcomes and thanks.
We started inside the hall, seated at tables decorated with lanterns sparkling with fairy lights and where we were surrounded by a whole lot of very beautiful works of art – the entries for the Eleanor Palmer Competition – but that came later.
Sonja Frenz was presented with her certificate, awarding her Fellowship of the Society. Well done Sonja, an accolade so well deserved.
Cups and certificates were also awarded to the winners of both the drawing competition and the Landscape, Life and Still-Life competition, which had taken place during our Zoom meetings for February and August respectively. The winner of the drawing competition was our new Fellow, Sonja Frenz, with her drawing “Rainy Days are the Best”.
Mary McMillan won the landscape competition with “Any Way the Wind Blows”, the Life-drawing category was won by Val Watt, with “Contemplation” and the Still-life by Penny Steynor’s “Home-grown”.
Then came the main event of the evening – the “Eleanor Palmer Competition”.
Glass of wine, or plate of snacks in hand, we studied the paintings presented and duly voted for our favourites. Then, while the votes were being counted, as it was such a beautiful evening, we all moved outside, wine, snacks, tables and all, and the games began. We were each given a numbered, rather random-looking coloured square – a piece of a picture, which we then had to reproduce in paint onto a bigger, blank square….
When placed in the right positions on a backing board, these abstract painted squares miraculously formed a lovely picture of the Peter Clarke Art Centre. Great Game, Adrian!
The Eleanor Palmer winners were then announced…..in third place, “Sunset Herders” by Judy Hilton-Green, second was “African Sky”, by Penny Steynor and in first place, “Mother’s Love” by Laura Wenman. Well done to all of you, your work is beautiful.
Thanks to our tireless council for all the hard work they do and for putting the evening together. Thanks, as well, to all who brought a plate of snacks to share and to Philip Green for the lanterns with their solar fairy-lights, which gave the evening such a festive atmosphere.
Wishing you all “Happy Holidays”, whatever it is you’ll be celebrating. Enjoy the break and see you next year!