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Hi Folks,
Here is the August 2019 newsletter:

1.    We have our second exhibition in the Village Hall over the August Bank Holiday (24th-26th) – our fourth exhibition so far this year! Art submission forms are out, the posters done, and publicity started. So now we need to get the stewarding sorted – with the members painting in the Manor Room, cakes and coffees selling a-plenty and the fun of being with other members, it’s a gas – so, whether or not you are exhibiting, please be generous with your time and put yourself down on the Rota. As usual my self and others will be there throughout the entire exhibition to make sure that everything goes well and that artwork sold is quickly and fairly replaced with more artwork – so please do join in the fun!

2.    After Jamel Akib’s incredible demonstration a couple of weeks ago, we have three of the paintings he did on the evening which he so generously donated to us, to disperse. We are not too sure how we will do this – suggestions include having them as prizes for our Autumn Art Competition, having a secret auction (with the money raised going to Group finds or to a Charity) etc – if you have any ideas, let me have them!

3.    It is the start of Term 4 (Thurs 1st August), so the £25 fee for the new is now due for those who pay termly. If you are not going to get to the first couple of meetings of the term please send a cheque to our Treasurer Stephen Simpkins, 19 Lady Coventry Rd, Chippenham, SN15 3NF.

4.    Membership – we welcome two new members to the Group – Tracy Warne and Maxine Ward and so, as always our membership is full and despite the additions, we find ourselves with 10 on the Waiting List, which we have therefore closed for the moment – I have altered the Membership page on our web site to reflect this.

5.    In October this year the Wiltshire Museum, Devizes we will be running the Oexmann Art Award Competition and Exhibition. Full details of the Competition/Exhibition can be seen at  along with application forms etc. 

6.    Finally, as you know the Australian artist Charles Sluga is an artist I very much admire, largely because of his practical down to earth approach to art – he has recently put together some Youtube videos which are very useful to the watercolour artist and can be found at

They include the titles – “Watercolour Palette Layout”; “How to mix greens in watercolour” and “Watercolour Paint Shout-out – what is the best Ultramarine Blue”.