Brief Review of the Year 2017-2018

Joanna Foster

We have all been on a fascinating journey with our lectures this year. We began in Hawaii, then visited Vienna, then we learnt how many ancient buildings have been destroyed in Iraq and Syria as a result of recent troubles. We were made aware of light in paintings, possible fakes and forgeries in art, how to appreciate antique furniture and the architecture of country houses, and finally we learnt all about a history of fashion in art.

In July we visited Burnby Hall where we were shown around the garden by the Head Gardener. Our September visit to Northumbria and the Scottish Borders was a great success; highlights were the visit to Traquair, the silver staircase at Manderston and the Pitmen painters at the Woodhorn Museum. 

Our October trip to London included a visit to the Foundling Museum and St Pancras Station where our guide Royden Stock was so knowledgeable. In March we visited Ripley Castle where we had a most enjoyable visit but sadly the rain did not stop all day. We had a most interesting tour of the Castle rooms and then a damp tour of the garden with the Head Gardener, Billy. 

Our Church Recording team continue to work at All Saints Pavement, York. We would like to thank them all for their dedicated work. Our Heritage Volunteer teams continue to work at York Minster Library, and further projects are being discussed.

We are extremely fortunate to have a dedicated Committee who organise all the events and visits. I would like to personally thank them all for all their kind help and support throughout the year.

As a result of the Extraordinary meeting held in October to discuss the change of name all members were contacted and given a formal vote. The result was a two thirds majority vote in favour of the change of name to The Arts Society York, supporting Decorative and Fine Arts. 

I have l enjoyed my time as Chairman of York Decorative Fine Arts Society. I have been on many memorable and enjoyable visits and interesting Study Days together with hearing some stimulating lectures. I have made some great friends and I would like to thank you to you all for your kind support and I wish you all well in the future

Joanna E. Foster