Coffee Mornings

The coffee mornings are a great opportunity to meet fellow members for an exchange of ideas and to make the society a friendlier environment. All members and prospective members are welcome. No booking is required, just come along buy a coffee and chat.

 

Coffee morning

Meeting Venue

Coffee mornings are usually held on a monthly basis with the day of the week being regularly changed. We meet at the White Horse Public House, London Road, Bourne End, Berkhamsted, HP1 2RH. It is an excellent venue for ease of parking and the friendly service.

Community meeting venue

Zoom Coffee Mornings

When lockdown arrived we wanted to remain in touch so fortnightly zoom meetings were arranged. Invitations are sent out and everyone has a chance to show their recent Artworks or just chat about their week. Humorous stories are particularly welcome!

Why not take a look at our Coffee Morning Lock down Art Gallery with pictures that have been sent in by members over the last year     https://sites.google.com/view/baslockdownart/home
Zoom coffee morning

Facebook

The Society not only has a Public Facebook Page, where we advertise our public events, but also a Private Facebook Group, which is reserved for current members of the Society. The latter is a private space where we can interact online in any number of ways. These include, among other things: sharing photos of our work, sharing links to interesting articles, exhibitions or other activities; asking questions or for feedback on our work; posting descriptions and photos of our coffee mornings or other Society activities; and generally keeping in touch.

During lockdown, more BAS members have joined this Private Facebook Group, which can be found here or via the Groups or Community Links from our Public Facebook Page There are now over 30 of us. It’s been pretty active, with people sharing art they’ve produced during the first lockdown, reviews of the coffee mornings by Catherine Archer, and photos of other activities, such as the Summer Drawing Evenings. If you’re a current member of the Society, just request to join the Group. Please be aware that there may be a short wait before your request is accepted, while we verify your membership.

Associated Local Organisations

We are also associated with other local organisations, such as Dacorum’s Accredited museum, the Dacorum Heritage Trust (DHT), and local registered charities, Berkhamsted Arts Trust and Open Door

Members’ Support for Charitable Causes

Several of our members have been engaged during lockdown in raising awareness and funds for the various charities they support.

Portraits for NHS Heroes – Jackie Henderson

“In March 2020 the government locked the country down to restrict the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

A portrait is a permanent physical record of someone’s existence. It also immortalises people, as the portraits are likely to last far longer than the subjects.

So, who should be immortalised today? Who should line the walls of galleries and have future generations look back on as the people who really made a difference and stepped up, in our latest darkest hour. The people who put self-interest and self-preservation to one side and literally risked their lives knowingly on a daily basis for our well-being. The NHS workers. Absolutely.”

This quote is from Tom Croft, a portrait painter – read the full story here.

Jackie participated in this project creating portraits to give to NHS Staff. Here are some of the paintings she produced at the beginning of the pandemic.

Jackie Henderson – 50 of the Artists and Illustrators’ Viking Cruises British Art Prize.

Jackie Henderson, has reached the last 50 of the Artists and Illustrators’ Viking Cruises British Art Prize. You can see some of her paintings, here https://www.artistsandillustrators.co.uk/JackieH52
If you’d like to take part in the public vote, please go to https://awards.artistsandillustrators.co.uk/vote-now/
(Please note, there are two Jackie Hendersons on the Artists and Illustrators website, but only ours is taking part in the competition.)jh

Letter in Mind – Catherine Archer

Every year The National Hospital for Neurology in Queens Square London holds an art fundraiser, a sale of Artworks by amateur artists and famous people such as Grayson Perry, Sophie Thompson, Dame Zandra Rhodes and Jo Brand.
Artworks have to fit on an envelope and are sold anonymously, the artist only being revealed on purchase of £85. Under normal circumstances we would attend the exhibition at the Oxo Tower but all sales this year are online.

The National Hospital is an amazing hospital and centre of research. It was here that I had major back surgery. I shall always be eternally grateful to them and it is why every year I produce Artworks for the exhibition. The theme this year was everyday things which bring you joy. I was thrilled that my portrait of my son’s rescue dog and a bird monoprint both sold.

Read more about it here.

St Francis Hospice – Bert Mabane

Bert has donated some of his pictures to the Number Twenty shop in Lower Kings Road. To date he has sold several of his works with the proceeds going to St Francis Hospice.

Read more about it here.