From July 2018, the society will be moving its meeting venue from St Anne’s Church Hall, Worksop, to the Civic Centre, Long Lane, Carlton in Lindrick S81 9AP. The meeting time will also change from afternoon to morning. Lectures will still be held on the first Wednesday of the month, but talks will start at 11.00am, preceded by coffee being served from 10.00am.
The society’s lectures in May and June will still be held at St Anne’s Church Hall, Worksop at 1.50pm.
‘Indians, Buffalo and Storms: the American West in 19th Century Art’, will be the subject of the lecture to be given by Toby Faber at the meeting of The Arts Society Dukeries on Wednesday 2nd May.
Artists were never far behind the explorers who opened up the west of America in the 19th century. Sometimes they painted what they saw. Sometimes they painted what they wished they saw. Either way, painters like Alfred Miller, Frederick Church and Albert Bierstadt have left us a powerful, if romanticised, record of the country and people that the settlers found. Now we can use their pictures to chart the history of the opening of America’s west — the arrival of the railroad, the confinement of native Americans into reservations, and the extermination of the buffalo.
This is a story on a big scale and it seems appropriate that among the pictures illustrating the lecture are some of the largest and most grandiloquent paintings of the era. After a period of deep neglect, they are now very much back in vogue.
The society’s 6th June lecture will be ‘Same Old, Same New…’ by Aliki Braine, exploring whether artists’ intentions have really changed across the centuries.
Visitors are very welcome to come to the meetings at a cost of £6.00 per lecture. There is a free car park at the hall and coffee and tea are available after the lecture. For further details of the lecture programme and about the society, please speak to Anthony on 01909 731415 or Gill on 01909 540506 or see www.theartssociety.org/societies/dukeries.