Hello. I’m Sue Worden President of Lytham St Annes Art Society and nobody is more surprised than myself. At school, when I was fourteen , I was told that I had no artistic talent whatsoever so I had to totally drop the subject to make room for “O” levels; consequently I didn’t pick up a paint brush or pencil for another fifty years! How glad I am that I did and that I joined this wonderful society 2014. I’d like to thank all our members for accepting me as their President for 2023/24. I am living proof that anyone can make art. I’m not saying that I have a great talent just that I’m thoroughly enjoying messing about with paint and making lots of friends. I’m looking forward to this year and would like to invite everybody who reads this to come and visit the Studio to see what we do. It could be the best thing you’ll do this year.
President’s letter: It doesn’t seem a year since I agreed to be President elect and all of a
sudden here I am, President. Perhaps last year rushed by as we had become free of Covid
restrictions and filled our lives with many new activities to make up for lost time.
We have started 2023 with quite a few new members and I’d like to welcome you all. I have
also retained responsibility for organising social events with the help of some willing
volunteers. We can look forward to another busy year.
Special thanks to Elaine Smith and her husband Graham for compiling a super list of artists
to do demonstrations and lectures during the autumn/winter season on Saturday afternoons. A sure-fire way of picking up some new tips.
With the new website up and running, this will be the only newsletter of the year in a bid to
save costs. This is one of the ways we hope to tackle an anticipated shortfall in this financial
year. Any thoughts you might have for fund-raising should be popped into the box at the
sign-in desk in the Studio.
All ideas welcome, but the committee can only do these extra events if we get help putting
them into practice, so please volunteer to give up a few hours of your time if you can.
Already this year we have enjoyed a pop-up exhibition at the Ansdell Institute which raised
£70 for the Society, a very hot open air weekend in Lytham St Annes which raised £24 and
the Hot Pot supper and quiz returned hosted by past President Kumar and his partner
Jayne. A group visited the art Conservation Studio in Preston – a trip which may be repeated
if there is enough interest.
Our traditional trip to Grasmere to view the Lakes Artists exhibition in August is well
advanced, and our own Summer Exhibition – July 15-29 – is being organised by the
committee and a team of volunteers. Two more open air weekends in Lytham follow that –
Lowther Gardens on August 5-6, and the Memorial Gardens August 12-13.
The Studio has a special Portrait group exhibition during August featuring images of local
people who make a difference to our lives. Opening dates and times will be pinned on the