Sunday, 8 November 2015

Wrapping Up the 202nd

This year's Autumn exhibition at the DeGrey Rooms came to a close last Sunday.

Once again the week long event seemed to be popular with members and we had a steady stream of visitors, despite the first signs of Winter deterring footfall for a few days.

Although the volume of sales was lower than in previous years, the average value of the art sold rose significantly.  We've noticed a continual trade-off between volume and value over the years - all aesthetics aside, the price of art in York seems truly elastic.

Congratulations to Susan Holliday for winning Selector's Choice with 'Hint of Blue' - which she could have sold several times over.

We'd like to extend our appreciations to Phil Reynolds for his sterling performance as selector.  We're also extremely grateful to Jonathan Cowap of Radio York for opening our Preview Night in fine style. And thank you again to our gracious hosts at the De Grey Rooms.   

The Committee is immensely appreciative of everyone who came along and supported, particularly those members who served as stewards or helped to assemble and disassemble the boards.  And as always a huge thank you to Shannon Morgan for organising the week and making it look easy (when it's actually anything but!)  

One dark cloud over this event was the theft of a painting towards the end of the week. Unfortunately this is an ever present threat at public events and we would regretfully remind all members that their work is exhibited at their own risk.  The committee is looking into ways to improve security but any additional measures would inevitably bring an increased cost to the staging of the event which would have to be borne by the members. Contrary to popular belief, shoplifting is not a victimless crime.

The last week has been spent dealing with the post-exhibition admin.  Any members who sold paintings, prints or cards at the show should have received their payment by now.  If anyone thinks they are still owed something, please contact a member of the committee in the first instance and we will investigate.

A reminder that the York At Society bags that were on sale at the  show will also be available at the upcoming demonstrations at Christ Church Hall. 

A bargain at only £5  (wine not included)
The committee is still considering plans for our 2016 exhibitions.  News will be posted here and on the  website closer to the time.

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