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Newsletter - November 2008


A meeting to remember

Anyone not at Vivien Heffernan’s talk “The Scottish Colourists: Style and Sophistication from the Jazz Age” on the 16th November missed an outstanding evening.  Vivien told us about the work, techniques and influences of four Scottish, 20th-Century artists: Samuel John Peploe (1871-1935); John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961); George Leslie Hunter (1877-1931) and Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell (1883-1937).  Through beautiful examples of each artists’ work, we explored their use of vibrant colour, their expression of rhythm and dimension and the evidence of influences from Monet and Matisse to Cezanne and Picasso.  Vivien was an art teacher and university lecturer in art history, and is a practising artist herself.  Her love and appreciation of her subject, and her enthusiastic and interactive style made this a lecture, probably the best attended of the year, an evening of pleasure and enjoyment.

Why not have a look at some examples of the work of Fergusson, Hunter, Cadell & Peploe:  or

Pictures of Rome

The new Norwich DFAS website also took centre stage at the November meeting, giving all members a chance to view a selection of photographs from the Group’s trip to Rome just ten days earlier.  As well as the pictures, thanks to Philip and Pat Strachan, there is a fascinating article about the visit, the sites and works of art seen.
Have a look at and share the experience.

Coffee and Chat

November was the first time that complimentary coffee and biscuits were available after meeting.  This provided the chance to gather informally and discuss the lecture, also to talk to the speaker, Vivien Heffernan.  With around 40 staying for twenty minutes or so, the innovation is worth repeating, which we will do in January, when, by request, both tea and coffee will be provided.

Christmas Party – Tuesday, 9th December


The December meeting is our Christmas Celebration, with food and mulled wine to enjoy from 6.15pm, before Nicholas Reed’s seasonally appropriate lecture about the “Frost Fairs on the Frozen Thames.”
Tickets are just £12 each, to include buffet, drink and lecture. It’s not too late to book NOW for this wonderful evening. A suggestion: don’t arrive too late or the food may have vanished. Please send your booking details and payment to Richard Bennett (Treasurer), 1, The Glade, Old Costessey, Norwich NR8 5EB.



A full coach of Norwich DFAS members is expected at the Royal Academy, London, on Thursday 26th February to see the highly-praised Byzantium Exhibition.  The cost is £29 per head (£15 for RA Friends), including admission and coach to the RA and back. Also included is entry to the exhibition “Palladio, His Life & Legacy” – Palladio, the ‘architect’s architect’.  This is a great opportunity to visit both of these exhibitions . 

Please apply for places to Madeline Weston (Publicity Officer), 55 City Road, Norwich, NR1 3AS, or contact info@norwichdfas for further details.

Your Views Wanted!

After each meeting we are required to submit to NADFAS an assessment of the quality of the lecture and lecturer.  We would very much welcome your views to help us make an all-round evaluation.  In the coming months we are hoping to design a simple form to complete on-line.  Whilst no individual views will be identified or made public, this will be a great opportunity for every member to share their views.  But don’t forget ... your opinions are always welcome and even without a special form there is nothing to stop feedback being sent by e-mail to

E-mail addresses and your Online Newsletter

And finally, on the subject of e-mail ... there was an excellent response to the invitation to give e-mail addresses after the November meeting.  Now about 20% of the membership has signed up for the Online Newsletter.  Obviously this edition is preaching to the converted but please encourage any friends who haven’t yet provided e-mail addresses to do so. If anyone is worried about giving their e-mail address, please rest assured that the privacy of contact details is respected at all times in accordance with the Norwich DFAS Privacy Policy




Travels with Vasari, the Art in Italy season

Tonight, Wednesday 26 November, at 9.00 pm on BBC4:
“Giorgio Vasari was the grandaddy of all art critics, travelling Italy in the 16th century for his definitive Lives of the Artists. Scorning medieval Gothic, he praised to the vaulted ceilings the revival of classical art and architecture. It was "a time of miracles that he named 'the Renaissance'," says Andrew Graham‑Dixon, as he retraces Vasari's footsteps for this captivating two‑part film in
a short Art of Italy season. He's an enthusiastic guide, lapsing easily into Italian conversation with the custodians of galleries and chapels who allow him a private view. From Brunelleschi's Duomo in Florence to less familiar marvels ‑ a Donatello sculpture; Masaccio frescoes ‑ he illustrates how rapidly ideas developed. A final treat for him ‑ and us ‑ is a tour of the Vasari Corridor, a rarely accessed gallery that zigzags across the Florentine rooftops.”  Radio Times
A later programme in the series will cover Palladio amongst other artists and architects.


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