There’s been no escaping that over the last 12 months the main topic in the news and in conversations has inevitably been Covid19 and its impact and I’m sure that you will have felt its effects in one way or another.

The reason for writing to you now is to tell you about something different and, I hope, about something that will encourage you to think positively about the future.

The Society, like so many organisations, has been forced into inactivity, almost like hibernation with no opportunity for exhibitions or events.

Thankfully however, certain members of the committee have remained active, working hard in keeping the social media and the exhibition sides ticking over. At a recent committee meeting using Zoom we were able to meet up to discuss one or two important issues in taking your Society forward.

Exhibitions will always be at the forefront of our activities and Mike Reeves has worked hard in maintaining relationships with the key people in the local galleries and exhibition venues. There are several exciting exhibitions in prospect and Mike will keep you up to date with developments as they move forward.

Likewise, other Committee Members have kept our presence on social media alive and there are plans to further improve these to enhance the Society’s presence and to give you the opportunity to use these facilities to showcase and enhance your profile.

We also believe that the Society and its members can benefit by increasing its membership and the committee are looking to ways in which good artists can be encouraged to join. You too can help in this by spreading the word with those you believe will make good members.

Our events calendar has been non-existent but we now have one or two things being planned which I trust will whet your appetite and encourage you to take part and help re-establish the Society as an active art community.

More to follow…

On Behalf of the SSA Committee

John Smith
SSA Chairman

*artwork by Jean Byatt