January Newsletter from the Chair

January newsletter from Helen Byard, chair of The Arts Society York
The Arts Society York

Update from Helen Byard

If January has typical weather, today has been typical:  hard frost, bitterly cold, bright sunshine, and the promise of snow.   What is less typical is the lack of human contact:  no crowds at the sales, the roads empty and the playgrounds silent.   But better things are in prospect – you may have had the vaccine, or have a date for the injection, and this note comes to tell you about things that may entertain you via the internet or give you something to look forward to.

First, an early note about our January lecture.   Leslie Primo is an art historian who is going to talk to us about The Journey of the Magi.   He has recorded a podcast with fellow art historian, Richard Stemp, by way of an introduction and addition to the lecture on one of the paintings.  This is the link:  https://anchor.fm/the-bp2-podcast/episodes/The-BP2-Podcast-Episode-2-Jan-Gossaert-1510-15-The-Adoration-of-the-Kings-emvd43.  When listening to the podcast, it is useful to have the painting on screen as you listen.   I will send you the Zoom information about our meeting in a couple of weeks.

We still hope to be able to offer an afternoon in late February wandering around a drift of snowdrops.  This will, of course, be dependent upon lockdown developments.   The suggestion is to travel independently (i.e. no minibus), then joining together at the garden.   I am sure you will understand that Susan Elliott must wait until more information is available before she can send out details.

Joanna Finlay is now in discussion with Travel Editions about the possibility of a visit to the Gardens of North Wales in the summer.   Thus, members would be given the opportunity to have a break in the early part of the year while also being outside for much of the time.  More details will be given as soon as they are available. The Crete Visit is tentatively rescheduled for October this year.

I have received a notice from The Arts Society regarding the election of Trustees.   If you are attracted by the idea of becoming a Trustee of The Arts Society, please let me know and I will send you the document.

In the meantime, here is some other information that you might find of interest.

The Royal Academy has published its programme for 2021, and this can be seen at https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions-and-events, from where you can also access a virtual tour of the 2020 Summer Exhibition.

Stella Lyons is giving her first 2021 lecture on Friday, 8 January at 11am:  Gustav Klimt: A Viennese Gilt Trip.   Get more details from https://stellagracelyons.co.uk/arthistory/online-talks/.

It only remains for me to send you every good wish for a healthy and happy 2021.

Helen Byard
January 2020

Postscript: I am extremely sorry to have to advise you of the death of Dr Dick Reid, OBE, President of the Society from 2004 - 2015.    The Society was extremely fortunate in having such a distinguished craftsman as its President, and there was great sadness when he retired and we saw less of him at meetings.  The funeral will be private, but I understand there will be a Memorial Service when circumstances permit.   I know you will join me in sending our condolences to Buff Reid and their family.

On a different note, I am delighted to announce that one of our members, Julia Charlton-Weedy, is to be the next National Chairman of The Arts Society, having been elected a Trustee in 2016.   Julia has been a member of this Society for many years, and was an extremely charming and efficient Chairman from 2012-15.   It is excellent news and I am sure you will join me in sending her our very best wishes for a successful term.