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A SECOND URGENT REMINDER TO ALL THOSE MEMBERS INTENDING TO ENTER PICTURES TO THE SPRING COMPETITION.

THE CLOSING DATE – 30TH MAY 2020 – FOR ALL ENTRANTS TO THE COMPETITION IS GETTING CLOSE. SO FAR ONLY 28 OF THE ENTRANTS HAVE SENT THEIR PICTURES. TEN ENTRANTS YET TO SEND ENTRIES.

ENTRIES MUST BE SENT TO THE WEBMASTER VIA THE CONTACT US PAGE ON THE WEBSITE NOT TO THE MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY.

To York Art Society Members May 2020

As you will be aware and can see from our Web site (below) with the current Government rules on lockdown in place it is not possible to hold our June 2020 AGM.

Some of you will also know that I was due stand down as chairman at the AGM and that will still happen when we are able to hold one.

In the mean time there are a number of things that need to be dealt with, our Centenary in 2021 being one of them.  I have therefore asked Patrick our Webmaster to form a Centenary committee to start the ball moving.

Patrick has done a lot of work to bring the Society into the twenty first century but there is still more to do, such as updating the rules and committee, written some 20 yrs ago. I will work on this with Patrick and then put the findings to the committee and then for approval by the members when we have the AGM. To do this we will probably have to hold an EGM first; we will keep you informed.

This is your Society and we need your input and agreement to modernise the Society.

Peter CookeChairman

SPRING COMPETITION – INTRODUCING

The Judges.

I know that many of you will be delighted to know that Robert Brindley has agreed to chair the panel of judges not just for the Spring Competition but for our two following competitions, the ‘Summer Sizzler’ and the ‘Christmas Card’ Competitions; even more good news is that Phil Reynolds has agreed to join Robert on the panel. Both Robert and Phil are very experienced and I know that many of you are fans of both of them; thank you to all who recommended them to me.

Between them Robert and Phil have such varying styles and cumulative experience that we should all be confident that they will deliver a fair, balanced and acceptable judgement. Naturally they are unable to view your ‘actual’ pictures but have to judge only on the web image they can see. You are able to see this yourself by going onto the Spring Competition Gallery in the blog section of the site. Click on your picture and that will be the image that the judges use to make their decision. Because several of you made the recommendations for the choice of judges I have had to protect their impartiality by denying them the knowledge of who painted which picture. In order to ensure complete impartiality, I have, as tastefully as possible, cropped your pictures to exclude signatures, to prevent identification. This will only be a digital resize and the picture will be fully restored after judging. If you feel that by removing your signature by cropping it I have spoilt the picture and would like to submit another image of your picture with the signature removed please feel free to do so, but please let me know.

As soon as possible after all entries have been received a gallery will be populated on the website in which all of the paintings will be shown under subject headings along with an identification number and the category of its entry.

I repeat that the artists will not be identified.

The judges will advise me of their selection and the prize winners will be announced on the website the following day. The first prize will be £50. The second prize will be a year’s free membership of the society. There will be an additional prize of a bottle of Champagne which will be drawn. All of the entrants will be included in the draw which will be made by Peter Cooke the Chairman of the society. I will randomly number all entrants and the Chairman will select a single number from a range supplied to him; therefore his judging will also be digital and impartial!!.