Members Forum


A Members’ Forum page has been added to the web-site which provides members with the opportunity to post comments which might be of interest to other members.


Please <<double-click>> on the Members Area page and then <<double-click>> again on Members Forum. Then follow the instructions to post a comment.


We hope this will be a welcome facility. Please go to the Forum from time to time to see the comments which members have posted.

NEW “Looking at Art“

Wednesday 25th April 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the Lounge at

The Methodist Church Centre, Stratford upon Avon


Hogarth: Caricaturist or Character Painter?


Hogarth's wide-ranging subject matter will be discussed including portraits and his 'modern moral subjects' such as Marriage a la Mode.  He communicates the hypocrisy and inevitable downfall of his characters with a delightful wit and barely concealed cynicism, often using caricature.  However, Hogarth also painted wonderfully sensitive portraits of friends and philanthropists such as Thomas Coram.  We will explore these so we can appreciate Hogarth's empathy for his sitters as well as his more critical eye.  Lots to discuss and debate! 

Due to popular demand this is a member’s only event at a cost of £5.00 per member with payment on booking, limit of 25 so availability will be on a first come first serve basis.

Bookings will be taken on Thursday 12th at the monthly meeting.

Please help to save our oceans


As from our April monthly meeting we want to support the reduction of plastics, particularly when it ends up in the sea. As a result we would like you to bring your own mug for refreshments and the price will remain at 50 pence. If however you use one of the “use and throwaway” cups, we provide, the charge will be £1.00.

Thank you for your help.


Founders Lecture


“Compton Verney - past present & future”


Professor Steven Parissien

Chief Executive and Artistic Director


 Thursday 17th May 2018 

The Stratford Hotel, Arden Street, Stratford upon Avon. CV37 6QQ

Please see further details on seperate page.


Founders Lecture Charity Picture Auction

This is your opportunity to own a Peter Kotka original – 16” x 12” – Oil

“Study for green bottle, pears and cut glass”

Simply email your bid in £ to Tim Wightman, Web Manager at together with your name. By bidding you are agreeing to pay your bid price should you be the highest bidder, within 7 days of the closing date which is the 16th May 2018. The successful member will be announced at the Society’s Founders Lecture on Thursday 17th May 2018.

The picture was generously donated by Peter Kotka


Best bid to date £250.00


Monthly Painting Competion


The winner of the April competion was Doreen Langhorn with her painting "Small Talk”.


The current competition in the 2017/18 season is now open and ends at noon on Monday 14th May. The winning entry will be chosen at the June meeting.


Entries are free and give you the opportunity to win a £40 Picturesque voucher


Please send entries to Please included the title of the work, the medium and the dimensions. Please see the competition page for further details.

Donation to the Stratford Hospital


The three Christmas card designs sold in aid of the new Stratford Cancer and Eye hospital, raised £1,000. On Thursday evening at the Art Society monthly meeting, Lila Morgan and Jenny Farrell, fundraisers for Friends of Stratford Hospital, received a cheque and thanked Society members for their generosity.


Michael Culverwell, President, said “we were delighted that our cards were so popular and hope to repeat the competition next year to continue our fundraising efforts for this very important facility.  


The new Hospital opened in summer 2017 and fundraising carries on in order to make continual enhancements and provide upgraded equipment for patients.


2017 Annual



Visitors Choice 

Winner was


 “Last light Venice”


  Louise Jennings

Thank you to all who helped to make the Exhibition such a success and congratulations to the Members who sold their artwork.

The Visitors Choice award was presented at the monthly meeting on the 14th September when Carol Hill was demonstrating Artist- Oil Landscapes.

At the Preview Evening, Vivien Heffernan selected Gold, Silver & Bronze Awards plus Commendations

To see photographs of the  Preview and the Exhibition click the link:

Gold Award for Paintings


By Barbara Kenny

Silver Award for Painting


BY Denise Fuell

Bronze Award for Painting


By Kay Elliott

Commendations Award for Painting

PARROG by Nick Logan

DUSK by Barbara Perkins

SUMMER by Gillian Shadbolt

LIGHT FLIGHT by Tom Sheperd


Montpellier Award for 3D

Selected by Peter Burridge


Commendations for 3D



MISS PIGGY by Veronica Thomas

James Henly Prize for Watercolour painting

Selected by Prunella Webb - Past President

WAXWINGS by Rachel Bird

President’s Prize

Selected by Michael Culverwell - President


Christine Oatridge

Link to Stratford–upon-Avon Decorative and Fine Arts Society (STRADFAS) (now also known as The Arts Society of Stratford)

Information about local painting

classes, events and art-related




~Discounted Art Materials for members at PSW

~Painting Holiday with Tom Shepherd

~ New Painting classes held by Tom Shepherd

~Painting Classes held by Max Hale

~Drawing Classes held by Nick Logan