We normally hold two exhibitions of members’ work each year, either at Amersham Common Village Hall or at the Chalfont St Peter Community Centre. There is no preselection of artwork for Beechwood exhibitions. The next exhibition will be held in the spring of 2024. The date and venue will be confirmed in a future Newsletter. The autumn exhibition should be held at the Amersham Common Village Hall at the end of October 2024.
Beechwood donates 10% of all exhibition sales income to charity. The charity for 2023 is The Chilterns Dog Rescue Society, as agreed at the AGM held on the 1st March. This is a forum for any member to propose a charity for consideration, with final selection via a vote from the members attending.
AUTUMN EXHIBITION 28/29 OCTOBER 2023
Once again we hosted a much admired and successful art exhibition at Amersham Common Village Hall. Due to fewer members wishing to exhibit their work, we had less paintings on display and many visitors said they liked the space we had been able to give each painting! We sold a total of 20 paintings (17 framed and 3 unframed) during the weekend and logged a total of 261 visitors - so much the same as this time last year! The home-made cakes and buns were much appreciated by all - one gentleman returning on the Sunday for a second visit and to vote, not only for his favourite painting, but also for his favourite cake!!! That caused considerable amusement when I started collating the voting slips!!!! Sale of refreshments raised £341 and the entry desk collected £121. As these were both healthy amounts we decided, yet again, to increase our donation of 10% of sales to £300 to our chosen charity for 2023, Chilterns Dog Rescue Society.
Despite income from hanging fees being lower due to the reduced number of artists exhibiting, I don’t expect Beechwood to make a loss - hopefully even a small profit! Once all the bills come in I will have a clearer picture which will be shared with you at our AGM next spring. And for those of you who witnessed the chaos caused by the card reader not responding, hopefully I have sorted it out now!!
May I take this opportunity to thank all of you who helped make this exhibition the success it was. There are too many of you to mention and I would hate to forget anyone, so thank you all!!! But a particular note of thanks must go out to the various members who weren’t exhibiting but still responded to our plea for more help in setting up and dismantling the exhibition!
And now to the results of the votes by visitors of their favourite painting!!! It was fairly close across the whole weekend between 6/7 paintings but by the end of the show on Sunday the three winning paintings emerged. I have a list of how many votes each painting on show attracted which I will bring along to our painting sessions on Wednesdays should you wish to see it.
In first place came IAN DAVENPORT for his beautiful watercolour, Dawn At Latimer (which also found its new home!) with 11 votes Second was DINAH KANE for her gentle watercolour, Winter Shadows, attracting 10 votes Third was HEATHER ROOTES for her lovely Snowy Owl, with 9 votes, so cleverly done in coloured pencils!
Well done all of you!!
LIZ GRAMMENOS - CHAIRMAN/TREASURER 5 November 2023