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Dear Members
Welcome to July‘s newsletter which will give you our latest news. On behalf of the committee, I hope you and your loved ones are faring well during these challenging times.
As restrictions seem to be easing even more, the committee are continuing to look into what we can provide for you over the coming months and I am delighted to report that we now have an excellent package of online lectures in place to take us through to the end of the year.  All the lectures in your programme will be delivered online on the dates and times in your current programme. We will also include an additional December lecture online and a virtual walking tour in September. We hope that this will start to go some way towards compensating you for the cancelled sessions and as a thank you for your patience during this difficult time. You will find information about these events in the newsletter.
As I said last month, we do appreciate that not everyone has access to online lectures or finds the technology easy. However, as I mentioned in June, please let me reassure you that the technology is really very straightforward once one overcomes one’s initial scepticism. I know of many people, including myself, who now use apps, such as Zoom, quite proficiently to communicate with friends and loved ones.
We continue to keep a close eye on the situation with our venue for next year and any suggestions from you would be welcome.
The committee members join me in sending our very best wishes to you all and hope that you and yours continue to keep safe and well.
Marsha Carey-Elms
The Arts Society Maidenhead

Note from the Editor: The beautiful roses in the header are a selection from Marsha's garden. 

Online Zoom Lectures 
Our remaining 2020 lectures will be delivered online by Zoom! 

You can join Zoom meetings using:

  • A laptop with a microphone and camera (almost all modern laptops have these)
  • A desktop with a mic and camera
  • A smartphone or tablet

You will need the free Zoom app but you will not need a Zoom account. The Zoom app can be downloaded from: 

Double click on the downloaded file and follow the instructions to install. We recommend that this should be done before you attempt to join your first Zoom meeting.

Details of how to join the meeting will be sent by Mailchimp before each lecture. 
Monday 14 September at 11.30am
The sublime in the everyday; Johannes Vermeer 1632 -75 and the Delft School of Painting 
A talk by Lesley Primo 

The lecture will begin by tracing Vermeer’s origins, his early training and influences, and how he came to the genre of painting domestic interiors. The lecture will look at his earliest known paintings and how he gradually migrated to the genre of domestic set-piece paintings we know him for today. This lecture will also set Vermeer in the context of contemporaneous Dutch artists and contemporaneous Delft artists; tracing the early beginnings of the town of Delft, its rise in prosperity and the low points of the town also. We will see how Vermeer went from being referred to as ‘the excellent and famous Vermeer’ in 1669 to being declared bankrupt towards the end of his life in 1675. How did it all go so wrong, were the signs there at the beginning or was there some great disaster in his life that prompted this financial demise? Finally, the lecture will look at the late 19thcentury and early 20thcentury revival of Vermeer that became the cult of Vermeer which endures to this day. 

Leslie Primo has a degree in Art History and an MA in Renaissance Studies. He is an accredited Arts Society lecturer, who also lectures at the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and the Courtauld Institute. He teaches a variety of art history courses at various London venues.

Monday 12 October at 11.30am 
Peggy Guggenheim
A talk by Alexandra Epps 

Peggy Guggenheim, the ‘poor little rich girl’ who changed the face of twentieth century art.Not only was Peggy Guggenheim ahead of her time but she was the woman who helped define it. She discovered and nurtured a new generation of artists producing a new kind of art. Through collecting not only art but the artists themselves, her life was as radical as her collection.

Alexandra Epps is an Official Guide and Lecturer at Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Guildhall Art Gallery. She lectures at Pallant House Gallery and is a Qualified Guide to the City of London, offering lectures and walks about many aspects of the arts for societies, corporations and private individuals.
Alexandra’s background is in design, having practised as a graphic designer running her own design consultancy for many years. She holds a BA from Saint Martins School of Art, and an MA from the London College of Printing.


Details of lectures later in the year and our virtual London walk will be given in the August newsletter

Have you ...  heard about Ludwig van Beethoven's Fit of Rage? This is the latest film in the Arts Society Lectures at Home series and features Arts Society Accredited Lecturer, Sandy Burnett speaking on the topic of Beethoven’s Fit of Rage: when his Third Symphony became the Eroica.

Have you ... listened to Rebecca Hossack's lecture about Aboriginal Art 'Recording the Dreamtime'. She is credited with bringing Aboriginal art to the attention of Europeans. Her informative talk, delivered from her home in central London, frequently stirred the emotions.

These lectures, and many other interesting articles, are part of your membership. Find them at

So there I was, waiting for my spa appointment at the Holiday Inn in Maidenhead, when my eyes fell upon a leaflet. Titled 'The Arts Society', I was attracted by the fabulous image of Maidenhead Bridge, and the strap line, 'WE INSPIRE, WE DO, WE GIVE', so I read on.The leaflet was asking for interest and help in setting up a local branch.  I was currently between jobs and had just begun an online arts appreciation course.  What a perfect way to keep me busy and expand my knowledge of all things art.  I made the call to Marsha, and so my journey began.

I was welcomed onto the inaugural committee – an amazing group of people with such energy, dedication and professionalism. My experience of working in sales and marketing helped with the initial task of promoting the 'taster' event 'Meet Me at the Waldorf'.  It was also a great opportunity to meet with Dawson’s Auctioneers with a view to them becoming a sponsor, and then to work with them on the special interest evenings.
Annoyingly I then got myself another job! With other commitments at the time I had to step away, however I am now delighted to be back on the committee.

We are now about to enter our fourth year with a membership of over 200 people.  That amazing picture by Lily Elms of Maidenhead Bridge I first saw is now the identifiable image for Arts Society Maidenhead.  We have had some incredible lectures, special interest days (London and Blenheim Palace) and the development of “Young Arts” working with local schools and youth groups, I can definitely say, 'WE INSPIRE, WE DO, WE GIVE'!

Judith Davies 
I wonder how you fared with last month's brands quiz ... 
Here's a second one to try. Once again, this was complied by a friend of my eldest son and is used with his permission.

Answers at the end of the newsletter. 
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