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July Newsletter 2024

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Post date: 23 June 2024

Dear Member

Recent Club Events 

Sunday Painting

We have had two club ‘outdoor painting’ days recently, in May at Tithe Barn House in Taplow, a house of Tudor origin, converted from a Tithe Barn and in June at Taplow Court, the Buddhist Centre near Maidenhead.

We would like to say a big thank you to Ann King for organising the Tithe Barn venue. Both venues were superb locations but unfortunately only a very few members were able to go along.

If outdoor painting is your thing, do make a note in your diary and try to get along to our next meeting, which will be on August 4th.

Here are a few photos of the recent venues to whet your appetite.

Tithe Barn House

Taplow Court

The Cookham Festival

A massive thank you to all who took part in the Cookham Festival.

Altogether 33 of our members participated in ‘painting’ events at the festival, along with 19 who were not Cookham Arts Club members, some of whom had never painted before. Also, working in clay, 24 people made hares!

See our website for lots more details about the events, including videos – just click on this link – Cookham Festival.

CONGRATULATIONS to Diane Large for her painting ‘Thames Towpath at Cookham’, winner of The Dandy Arthouse prize.

Monthly Meeting 

Our Monthly Meeting in May was a demonstration by Becky Gouverneur. Becky used coloured pencils to develop an animal picture. Each of her finely detailed works takes many hours to finish, so she brought along a partly completed picture of a peacock. She showed us some of the techniques she would use on that, as well as demonstrating some separate elements of animal portraiture. It was a fascinating session showing work in a medium not often seen in our demos.

Member’s News

​Some club members who go to Tuesday Painting will have seen Maralin Cottenham working on a painting of a boxer. Here is Maralin presenting it to the boxer in question, Raven Chapman who holds the WBC female featherweight international title.

That work of art has real impact – well done Maralin. Raven has an impressive record; since going professional recently, she has won 8 out of 8 fights and has successfully defended her WBC title three times.

Events in July

Summer Garden Party

It is not long now until our SUMMER GARDEN PARTY, on Sunday July 7th, from 12 to 4pm. This year Rita will be our host in her lovely garden in Marlow.

This has always been an enjoyable, well-supported event and it is so good to meet up with other members we may not have seen for a while. Do come along if you can, partners welcome too!  For full details see your own copy of the newsletter.

We plan to have a quiz and a raffle with some lovely prizes. See you there!!

Monthly Meeting

Monthly Meeting: Thursday 18th July 2 – 4pm in the Parish Centre (Church Gate, Cookham, SL6 9SP).

Critique of ‘New Arts’ by Jo Harris

Jo is an Oxfordshire based artist who works as a Fine and Multi-Media Artist, Illustrator and Collagist. She has studied fine art at the City & Guilds of London Art School and illustration at the University of Gloucestershire. She has lived in far-flung places and always took her sketch books – she never stopped drawing! We look forward to an entertaining critique.

Bring ONE painting and one ’spare’ painting (we will put the spare ones into the critique if there is time). This is a critique of our ‘modern style’ paintingsdifficult to define, but we would like to see an abstract painting or a work with an unusual/new approach, not purely representational, which has not been seen at one of our previous meetings. As usual we will have a vote, with a small prize for the members’ favourite painting.

Tuesday Painting Workshops

At Cookham Dean Village Hall, Church Road, Cookham Dean, Berks SL6 9PY, from 2 to 5pm.


Tuesday Painting: cost £2
A topic, appraisal, tea and cake
Tuesday Extra: cost £2
Painting, tea and biscuits
July 2nd: Visit the Stanley Spencer gallery. What themes reoccur in his work? Create a painting in responseJuly 9th: Paint what you like
July 16th: A view through an open door or windowJuly 23rd: Paint what you like
July 30th: A figure in an athletic poseAugust 6th: Paint what you like

P.S. Advantage Card holders can get half price entry to the Stanley Spencer gallery.

Coming Soon

It is time to start planning for the Annual Summer Exhibition 2024.

We would like to invite you all to participate in the Club’s 82nd Annual Exhibition from 13th to 25th August 2024 which will be held, as usual, in Pinder Hall, Cookham Rise.

Here is a summary about our exhibition which we hope will be useful, especially if you have not entered before.

For all the more precise details about how to enter, how many paintings, framing requirements, acceptable size of pictures, craft labelling etc. please refer to the FAQ’s on our Summer Exhibition page

You do not pay a fee to enter your artwork. If sold, 20% commission is payable to the Club (10% on cards).

If you would like to take part, please complete the Member’s Registration Form from the Summer Exhibition page and submit it as soon as possible. You will then be emailed the Entry Form.

Please download the Form and type your details clearly, as details on the form will be used as the Entry Sheet at the Exhibition. Then email it back to the Exhibition Organiser by Friday 12th July at the latest to enable the catalogue to be compiled and printed before the exhibition. NB: Late entries and amendments cannot be accepted.

If for any reason you cannot access the webpage please contact Wendy

Handing-in day for paintings (framed and unframed), and greetings cards is Saturday 10th August (10am – 12noon). Hand in your craft items at 1pm on Sunday 11th. If you have paintings and craft items, bring both on the Saturday, as your paintings must be shown to the selection panel on that day.

Please make sure you hand in all the paintings entered on your Entry Form, including the unframed (portfolio) items – they will already be in the catalogue!

Schedule of events for the exhibition.

SaturdayHanding in pictures/unframed and cards, 10am – 12noon, selection panel and templating
SundayHanging pictures, Craft hand in 1pm
Monday7pm-9pm Preview evening, invited guests and artists
TuesdayAdvertised first full day
Tues/WedLocal press invited
2nd WednesdayBest in Show vote closes, Winning Artist invited for Photograph.
2nd FridayPack all red dot sales ready for buyer collection from 2pm
Last Sunday2pm Raffle prize draw.
4.45 exhibition closes, craft artists pack their work
5pm All artists collect work
5.15pm Dismantling team commences.

Coming Next Year

Holiday to Bourton on the Water. For further details and to make your reservation look under ‘Events’.


A small decorator’s roller (e.g. the sponge type for gloss paint) is a really good tool for applying an even background colour with acrylic or oil paint.

Yours sincerely
Robert Jones
Newsletter Editor