Art Palette

The People’s Choice

The general feeling is that the 2019 Roehampton Club Art Group Exhibition was bigger and better than ever before. There were 118 exhibits by 37 different artists in many different media: acrylics, oils, watercolour, pencil, pastel not to mention sculpture, ceramic painting, Arts and Crafts, and for the first time this year – textile art. What a wealth of talent we have at the Club! Eighteen works were sold not including those in the browsers.

A new feature this year was to vote for your top three favourites (excluding the tutors’ submissions.) 393 votes were cast and, given the last four are level pegging, these were your top ten choices:

1 Cristina Fowler Orange Tree, Cretan Spring 56
2 Keith Tottem Summer at Cissbury 38
3 Keith Tottem Portrait 30
4 Sue Jell Floral Composition 21
5 John Sawyer Paddling 21
6 Michael Godfrey Snowdon Range from Harlech Rock 18
7 Sue Norgate Mediterranean Garden 11
8 Cristina Fowler Small Wave 11
9 Patricia Neate Winter Walk, Sheen Common 9
10 Susie Beard On the prowl 8


Congratulations to all these artists and indeed all those who took part. Cristina’s painting (left) will be hung prominently in the Club for a while – Marc Newey will announce the location. The other works will be hung again in the Reading Room during October 2020 to promote next year’s exhibition.

If you have been inspired by the Art Group Exhibition, take a look at the following …

A free taster session for beginner’s and improver’s art will be held on Wednesday 4th December in the Art Studio 2-5pm. Kathy Barker, our professional tutor will be on hand to demonstrate. You can watch or have a go. Festive refreshments will be on hand. Do come and bring a potential artist along with you. Please email so we know to expect you.

Beginner’s and Improver’s class restarts January. Come and try Kathy Barker’s tried and tested technique in building up your skills and confidence in a friendly and supportive environment. Term starts Wednesday 15th January 2-5pm. Booking is now open through Reception – only £140 for a ten- week term – a bargain especially as it includes all materials for the first year.

More information can be found on the Art Group Noticeboard in Reception or the Members’ website.

If you want to try out a class this week or next – the last week of term, you could simply ‘pay per class’. You can book at Reception for a mere £20 per three-hour class subject to availability. This allows you to try a class before potentially booking for the spring term.

Priority booking is in operation now for existing students to rebook for their current class until the end of term.

Open booking for all comers starts 7th December. Don’t wait till the New Year to think about your resolutions … get ahead of the game!

In summary:

• Free Taster session for beginners and their friends 4th December 2-5pm RSVP

• Spring term Beginner’s and Improver’s class – booking open now.

• Open booking for all other classes opens 7th December

• Spring Term begins week of 13th January.

We look forward to seeing you in the Art Studio soon.


Sian Goddard | Art Group Chair |