Café garden on the banks of the River Wye by Margaret Simister
Sadly, two very prominent members of the Henley Arts and Crafts Guild died this year and the Guild is paying tribute to both these fine artists at their forthcoming Autumn Exhibition, at the Old Fire Station Gallery from Friday 20 October. One of each of their pictures will be hung at the gallery during the exhibition with a short synopsis of their life and their art. Elise Lynch was a serious and dedicated painter and had been a member of the Henley Guild for many years. Exhibiting very regularly at exhibitions including the New English Art Society, Said Business School Oxford and The Pastel Society in London. Her subject matter was usually derived from something she had seen and then translated in her own very colourful and interesting way though she was always anxious to break new boundaries and never content to stay with the same style and tried new media all the time.
Margaret Simister had been a member of the Guild for around a decade and was a much loved recent committee member, in which capacity she organised regular trips to Galleries in London and other artistic venues. She was an outstanding watercolourist and exhibited regularly too. Her legacy of work is currently being sold in aid of Sue Ryder Care, where she died this Spring. Both these lovely people are sadly missed thus the Committee’s decision to mark their passing with a reminder of their beautiful talents.
There will of course be many pictures for sale at the exhibition from Guild members as well as ceramics and sculptures on show from 20 until 24 October. The exhibition which is free to enter, – is officially opened at 6.pm at the Fire Station Gallery on Friday 20 and thereafter at 10am every morning and closes at 5 pm until the following Tuesday.
Landscape by Elise Lynch