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page 76 REVIEW / SPRING 2011 69SOCIETIES NEWS?MIDHURST DFASMidhurst DFAS marked its20th anniversary year (2010)by adopting the MarianneNorth painting 'JapanesePersimmon'. By doing so, theSociety is helping theamazing collection of herwork to be displayed in the 125-year-old Marianne NorthGallery at Kew Gardens underconditions which will preservethese beautiful works ofhistoric importance for futuregenerations. In December,Laura Posonby, author of'Marianne North at KewGardens' provided the Societywith a talk on the subject. She offered a fascinatinginsight into the life of MissNorth, an intrepid artist andexplorer, along with acomprehensive look behindthe scenes at Kew. ? WARMINSTER DFAS Trustee Jill Makepeace-Warneand Society PresidentMarjorie Badley are seen herecutting the celebration cake atWarminster DFAS's 25thanniversary event in July. TheSociety was originally calledRidgeway DFAS.ANNIVERSARIESHarpenden DFAS sponsored avery successful Young Arts projectat St Helen's Primary School,Wheathampstead in October. Local artist Natasha Rehmanspent two days in the school andmanaged to work with all 235children - a great feat oforganisation. Each child designedand made a fish out of aluminiumfoil, using a variety of toolsincluding hammers, which werevery popular with the boys!Natasha then fixed all the 235 fishtogether to make a permanentsculpture, now hung in theFish sculpture project goes swimminglyentrance foyer of the school for all to see. It was a rewarding andenjoyable experience for all thechildren and for the HarpendenDFAS members who came to help.Photo: Artist Natasha Rehmanwith the fish sculptureSpanish moods setscene for Stirling tourMembers of Stirling DFAS enjoyed a successful study trip to Madrid, ledby Society Chairman Hilary Gunkel. The four-night stay in Madrid ranthrough the whole spectrum of Spain's colours and moods, from theausterity of Philip II's monastery/palace of El Escorial and the torturedMannerist figures of El Greco in the Prado to the sensuous evocation ofseaside pleasures by Sorolla and the playful anarchy of Miró andSalvador Dalí. The group thought that perhaps Goya stands as a primeexample of the intriguing dichotomy of the culture: seductive and sunnyin the ceiling frescoes of San Antonio de la Florida and in the tapestrycartoons used in the Real Fábrica de Tapices, satirical in his depiction ofthe ruling elite of his time, and haunted by monstrous visions of cruelty,conflict and superstition at the end of his life in the Quinta del Sordo.

70NADFAS REVIEW / SPRING NEWS?BIRMINGHAM DFASBirmingham DFAS celebratedits 20th anniversary last October at the BirminghamMuseum and Art Gallery with over 180 members and guests. The address wasby the Lord Mayor ofBirmingham, focusing on theimportance of art and culturefor the City. Gri Harrison,National Chairman ofNADFAS, spoke about thechanging face of NADFASover the years. There wasalso time to admire thedisplays of work by theHeritage Volunteers, ChurchRecorders, Young Arts, pastvisits and special events.?HAPPY BIRTHDAY!Nancy Newton Jones is not only a founder member of Crosby DFAS (which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2009), she turned 100 years old on 1 January. During WWII, Nancy worked in a munitions factory in Crosby. All our best wishes go to Nancy for this special birthday! ANNIVERSARIESRutland leads Venetian visitRutland DFAS recently organised avisit to Venice. Members from twoother local Societies; LeicesterDFAS and Market HarboroughDFAS, joined the trip. The guideprovided a fascinating insight intolife in Venice not just in the past,but also more recently as he haslived there for a number of years. While trips to museums and churches to view the scintillating art and architecture fed the mind, visits to local restaurants fed the body and good company fed the soul. Photo:The Ca' d'Oro museumon the Grand Canal, taken byTim GroomeDespite a gale whipping up asandstorm, Leicester DFASmembers battled their way ontoCrosby Beach to view AntonyGormley's statues looking out overa bleak sea. This was just oneof a varied programme of eventswhich took them for three days toLiverpool and the North-West. Awide range of historical and artisticvenues were covered - fromRoman Chester, via Port Sunlightinto Liverpool and finally on to the16th-century moated ManorHouse of Little Moreton Hall before returning to Leicester. Embroiderers wereoverwhelmed by the workdisplayed in the Elizabeth HoareEmbroidery Gallery in the AnglicanCathedral, Church Recorders were fascinated by the smallCheshire church of Astbury wheremost people met their first'hanging pyx', and no one willforget the laughter that thesandstorm provoked!Leicester storms through the North-West Dover & Deal do it by the bookDover & Deal DFAS Heritage Volunteers have been working to restore books since 1996 at a property with a particularly strong Jane Austenconnection: Goodnestone Park House nearCanterbury, Kent. The books were stored in a barn when the military requisitioned the house during World War II and during this period they sufferedconsiderable water and insect damage -so much so that it has taken 15 years to rectify. A collection of 1930s magazines detailing goods for sale and some very interesting fashionsfrom that era, as well as a Housekeeper's AccountBook containing an order for a side of beef to be sent up for the harvest supper were amongseveral items that provided particular fascination to the group. Now the project is nearing completion, and all ofthe Heritage Volunteers who enjoyed working withnew-found friends in such historic and beautifulsurroundings will miss their regular Wednesdaymornings at Goodnestone.