SWOP SHOP Do you have any art materials that you have finished using or a piece of kit that you don’t use anymore? Do you want to swop it or sell it? Even some art materials that are surplus to your needs? Let us know about it via the contact us page and we will publicise it here on the site. There will of course be a very small fee for the society!

WARNING – JUST 14 DAYS LEFT !!!!! Those of you busying away with their paintings for the SUMMER SIZZLER CALENDAR COMPETITION surely won’t need reminding that your pictures must be submitted by September 30th. We can’t extend the date because we fall into the hands of designers and printers and all sorts of logistic problems – don’t miss out on this opportunity to have an example of your work published and in view for the whole twelve months of 2021 – our centenary year. If you haven’t already entered or started your picture the details of the competition are still available on this page. JUST 14 DAYS!!!!!


Quite a few of our members have missed out this year on one of the highlights of our YAS year when our visit to George’s Garden had to be cancelled due to the current Coronovirus pandemic. Our Chairman, Lynda Baker, has sent us a series of photographs of George’s garden as her contribution to our current ‘Coping with Covid feature’.

One of the several pictures of George’s Garden

For those of us who don’t know George he has been a honorary member of the society for several years and has kindly offered a visit to his garden to the society for several years.

Apart from George’s MBE, awarded to him in 2004, he has, for fifty years, enjoyed an enviable reputation as one of the world’s foremost lecture demonstrators and judges of flower arrangement. His career has resulted in invitations to speak in twenty eight countries throughout the world. For forty years he has been privileged to serve as a judge at the Concours de Bouquets for H.S.H. The Princess Grace of Monaco and latterly H.R.H. Princess Caroline of Hanover in Monte Carlo.

One of George’s arrangements in his garden

At the invitation of the late Duke & Duchess of Beaufort he decorated the State Apartments of Badminton House for the Three Day Equestrian Event. He was included in the Royal house party on nine occasions. H.M. The Queen Mother always admired his creativity. George is a Special Associate of Honour of NAFAS in recognition of the many thousands of pounds he has raised for Charity. So now you know that our Chairman, walks in company of extremely high esteem!   

How are you managing to cope with the Covid restrictions? Here are two of our members taking the opportunity to get out and about to keep their artistic skills well honed and ready for the return of the self help groups and demonstrations. Jill Key, Marianne Harlington, and Lyn Taylor get together once a week to visit local spots and enjoy their hobby. How are you coping with the shutdown? Send us your pictures and show us all the various ways our resourceful members keep active and keep sketching or painting. The picture is taken from the banks of the Ouse at Acaster Malbis overlooking Naburn. (Before the rain came down!!!)

Members Jill (left) and Marianne taken by Lin Taylor.


Hello everyone; this is my first opportunity as your new Chairman (the female type). I am looking forward very much to the time when we can all meet at the Saturday Demonstrations; in the meantime please don’t our forget our competitions as we need more input for the calendar and the booklet for our Centenary Year.

Perhaps some of you can remember Maurice Tooby?  Unfortunately his wife passed away last Thursday and her funeral is this coming Friday the 28th. If any of you would like to send a card to him please let me know and I will give you his address. You can message me at

Maurice has been very active with the Society and as a sign writer he did he much for us in the past especially producing notices and banners for our exhibition. Unfortunately he is now quite frail but he still produces marvellous detailed drawings and paintings.

Because he has been busy looking after his wife during her illness he has not been able to come to our meetings for some time.


Lynda Baker



In these politically correct times it is difficult to decide how to introduce a female taking up the role advertised as ‘chairman’? If we are to rely on the Oxford Dictionary of usage and style (2000) it is suggested that the gender neutral term ‘chair’ is gaining ground: if however we refer to the Telegraph Style Guide it bans the use of chair and chairperson and insists that “chairman is correct English”. So although our new chair said that she would prefer chair we will use chairman until she complains; or like me you can use the term ‘boss’.

But whilst it is tempting to suggest that ‘our lass’ might be a better term for a good Yorkshire girl born in Whitby and brought up in York that might not be wise considering that she has two strapping lads who look after their Mum very closely. So how about me keeping it simple and me introducing you to Lynda Baker who is the person accepting the position of Chairman of The York Art society with immediate effect.  Lynda is no stranger to either YAS or its management committee having previously served as its treasurer from 2004 to 2008.

Apart from her knowledge of the society Lynda has a sound commercial background having worked with Rowntrees in both the sales and the accounting departments and Shepherd homes for fourteen years after qualifying with AAT accountancy examinations. Just to keep herself out of mischief she looked after the business of Fowlers Fish Merchants for several years whilst the owners took holidays.

Mark my words I can assure you that that Lynda is a born organiser and totally committed to The York Art Society; during the period preparing for the AGM and getting things set up for a different  way of working Lynda knows exactly what she wants for the society to move into its second century of existence and there will be “no mucking about”!

A lot of members seem to know Lynda for her undoubted bakery skills; when she took over the organisation of society visits to George Smith’s garden for a day’s sketching and painting she provided all of the cakes and other goodies, so we might even persuade our new chairman to do some cookery demos? If not then we might see more visits to Patchings International Art Festival for members of the society; demonstrations will be about art and committee meetings will be short, sweet and to the point.  Lynda was born a Leo I am certain that we on the committee might have to keep our socks well pulled up. So let us have a warm welcome to our new Chairman Lynda Baker.

The Centenary Committee have decided upon another additional project to celebrate our centenary year.

We intend to publish a booklet, inclusive of all subscribing members who wish to be included in the project, with a picture and short write up of all of the members similar to the ‘Meet the Artist’ feature in this web site.

There is a lot of detail to sort out before we can present the whole project to the members but those of you who are familiar with the York Art Workers Association may recall that they did a similar project a while ago. Watch this space for full details.


  1. Open to all subscribing members of The York Art Society.
  2. Entry opens immediately – closing date Wednesday 30th September 2020.
  3. Any media.
  4. The picture must be original to this competition.
  5. SIZE IS CRITICAL – Final printing on the calendar will be landscape. Your picture can be any size above 32cm x 22.5cm but you must maintain a ratio width to height of 1.425 i.e. the width of your picture must be 1.425 times the height.
  6. Entry only by JPEG photo of picture to Webmaster via Contact us page on the society’s website. Please note that in the previous competition some members found it difficult to send pictures via the contact us page. In each instance this was traced to the picture concerned being too big. To avoid this when saving your picture prior to sending it please resize the image to 2MP. (Windows 10 M)
  7. The twelve pictures selected for printing on the Calendar will be announced on the website during the first week of October.
  8. Entries will be displayed on the society’s web site pending judging. For security purposes the pictures on display will be watermarked ‘York Art Society’. Twelve pictures will be selected by the judging panel. If necessary assistance will be given, by the society, to enhance the selected picture reproduction to print quality.  
  9. Pictures may be signed by the artist.
  10. Copyright of the pictures will remain the property of the artist however for pictures selected for the calendar the artists must give permission to the society for their publication.
  11. Read rule 5 again.