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Friday 04 October 2019



Welcome to the October newsletter, with the onset of autumn and the first frost of the season.  However on Tuesday we will be starting the proceedings with the AGM which will commence at 1030 sharp, so we ask if you could be seated by 1025, coffee will be available from 10am.  Whilst the AGM is in progress we will restrict access to the hall, and no coffee will be served.  All the reports applicable to the meeting can be found on the web site ‘’, ‘our society – documents.

The lecturer is Pat Clark and the lecture is about the life and work of the Scottish artist Charles H Mackie with a comprehensive survey of his life and the development of his art, from his early struggles as an artist up to his final recognition as RSA, RSW. The people he met - Gauguin, Vuillard, Hornel- and the places he painted - Kirkcudbright, Normandy, Venice - form the core of the talk.

The illustrations cover all aspects of his oeuvre - watercolour, oil, tooled leatherwork woodblock prints and sculpture. A journey with this 'forgotten man' of Scottish art will provide evidence of his skill as a colourist

Pat is a Teacher of history and politics for over 30 years and latterly, Headteacher of Secondary school. Following the publication of my book People, Places and Piazzas. The Life and Art of Charles Mackie (Sansom & Co. 2016) I have lectured to audiences in Perth, Edinburgh, Bearsden, Dunfermline, Falkirk and Kirkcudbright as well as the Staithes Art Festival. I was invited to deliver the Annual Edinburgh Philosophical Institution Lecture in May 2019.




The Special Interest Day scheduled for 10th October is now oversubscribed, Pat is currently planning her spring outing, a visit to Raehills on1st April 2020. 

 Over the summer period the new web site,, has been steadily bought to life.  The site is not yet fully operational, however there is a lot of information on the site which is accessible including the 2019 AGM material and the visit to the Turner Exibition in November.  The old site will finally close at the end of this month.

 We have a book ‘People Places and Piazzes’ written by Pat which will be raffled at the end of the lecture.

 Additional copies of 50 Treasures of Dumfries and Galloway remain available for sale at £4.00 to members.

We urgently need a new membership secretary to shadow Pam from November and then take over at the end of the year.  This role is not complex but is essential to the smooth running of your society.  We are also looking for a new webmaster to take over the ongoing management of the new website.



Mike Wortley