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Reports from 2015

Update  19 September  2015

Art Appreciation programme through to May 2016.

!6th October. The Curator of Plymouth University is giving a talk about Ivan Chermayeff, Between 1 and 2 o’clock. Details of Ivan Chermayeff at

David Smart, curator of “Cut and Paste” gives a gallery tour and talk,

Exploring the practice and legacy of this prolific designer.

Catch the 10.45 train. Further details from Jenny Macdonald.

18th November. Penlee House. “The Bigger Picture”. Showcasing an assortment of paintings

In Cornwall from 1920’s to 1960’s. Then on to Newlyn Gallery.

Travel by Train. Linda Haycox is organising this trip.

Early Spring. Trip to London. Still in planning stage. Sandra Marten is looking at trains and

Hotels. Email me if interested so we can keep you up to date.

May. Delamore House in Ivybridge. No date yet, awaiting info from house.

Also in May visit to Melanie Guy’s studio at Stoke Climsland. Work in

Pewter. Then on to Alan Endacott’s studio at Lewannick. Church and

modern stained glass windows. Also Julia Routley works in mosaics on


Jenny Macdonald is arranging both these trips.

Other possibilities include Open Studios in Redruth and Amy Albright’s studio, also Redruth.


Update  29 July  2015

Art Appreciation trip to Penzance.

Eight of us went to Penlee House Gallery on 16th July to view the Cornish Light Exhibition. Unfortunately the train we were travelling on was 20 minutes late so we had a rushed visit because certain members needed a restorative cup of coffee before entering the gallery!

The exhibition is quite small but very interesting and brings together works that were last shown together in 1894. There are many from city galleries around the country and some from private collections. It celebrates and gives an overview of the “new wave of British art, sweeping in from a remote, little known area of the country”. These are the words of the curator of the exhibition held in Nottingham in 1894. It is well worth a visit and runs until 5th September. I shall certainly visit again.

As we had booked a table for lunch our visit was curtailed. We tried out Mackerel Sky in New Street and all of us can thoroughly recommend it.

Future Plans

We shall not be having any more trips in August due to traffic. We are holding a planning meeting on 11th September at 2.30 in Lostwithiel Community Centre where we shall plan, drink tea and coffee, eat cake and chat.

We have a trip planned for 16th September to Truro. Details shown in our programme of events.

There is also an exhibition at Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro that I have just had details of. It concerns the history of the Vyvian family, many of whom are buried in St Winnow churchyard.

Pat Stearn. 29th July.


Update  16 June  2015

Latest news about 26th June  -   Trip to Launceston. Contact Jenni Macdonald. 01208 873933. Travel by car share.

Hopefully our first stop will be pewter sculptor Melanie Guy ( ) including play equipment by her husband Alistair ( , though no confirmation as yet - will let you know when I do.    

Second just up the road to Lakeside Gallery for original illustrations of Tolkein books and Linda and Roger Garland's Pre-Raphaelite style paintings of myths and legends. More info at

Finally northwards a little more to Pennygillam Ind. Estate  to see Jo Downs beautiful glass hangings/jewellery/bowls.

Meet Lostwithiel Community Centre 10am  (Anne H.,Glenda, Sandra and Jenni will drive. )

Fo sat-nav

!st  PL17 8NB   Climson Barn, Stoke Climsand
2nd   PL15 9NW   just past Treburley
3rd    PL15 7ED

Any other 'Art Appers' let me know if you want to join us.



Update  27 April 2015

U3A Art Appreciation Group programme until September 2015.

27th May    Trelissick House and Gardens. Mid Cornwall Galleries on the way back if we have time. Contact Sandra Marten 01208 872562. Travel by car share.

This is instead of Open Studios, which presented travel problems.

8th June    Port Eliot. Hopefully combining with the Garden Group, Walking group and anyone else who wants to join in.  Travel by car share.   Contact Pat Stearn 01208 872138 or Lynn Brampton  
    lynn_brampton"AT" hotmail"DOT"co"DOT"uk

26th June    Trip to Launceston. As already published. Contact Jenni Macdonald. 01208 873933. Travel by car share.

16th July    Penlee House, Penzance. “Cornish Light. Nottingham 1894 Revisited”. In 1894 Nottingham Castle Museum held a ground breaking exhibition that gave an overview of a new wave of British art, sweeping in from a remote, little known area of the country. It brought together the very best paintings that Cornish artists had produced in the preceding ten years. This new exhibition brings together as many of the original works as can be currently located. Contact Pat Stearn 01208 872138. Travel by train. We also need to “road test” a new restaurant!

11th Sept    Planning meeting. Lostwithiel Community Centre. 2.30. Plan, drink tea, eat cake and chat!

16th Sept.    Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro. Exhibition of paintings by Kurt Jackson. Lander Gallery and others if time. Contact Linda Haycox 01208 872941. Travel by train.

October    Trip to Tate St Ives. Date to be decided. Helene Fletcher has details

We have not programmed anything for late July and August because of school holiday,

tourist traffic etc.


Update  12th  March 2015

Trip to Port Eliot

Four of us enjoyed a trip to Port Eliot on 11th March. We arrived at 1.30 and visited St Germans Church. We spent half an hour viewing fantastic stained glass windows, many by William Morris. There are plenty of display boards giving the history of the church from the earliest times. We could have spent longer but the church was so cold we were glad to get outside where it was warmer!

St Germans Church

St German's Priory Church

A short stroll through the churchyard brought us to the main entrance of Port Eliot house, where we received a cordial welcome from one of the stewards. She gave us an informative talk about the paintings in the entrance lobby and explained that there is an extensive collection of works by Sir Joshua Reynolds. These paintings are now owned by Plymouth City Council and were gifted to them to pay off death duties from the present Earl’s father. Handed on to another knowledgeable steward we were shown some remarkable furniture along with some interesting nick nacks which have been collected down the years by various members of the family. Two small sitting rooms were next viewed and then the grand salon with its barrel vaulted roof. This runs the length of the house and was originally the refectory when the house was a monastery. Some of us noted the very well stocked bar! Bet that wasn’t there in the Middle Ages! Finally we came to the famous round room with the fresco by Lenkiewicz. A truly amazing work and unfinished. Several family members are depicted, also servants and local celebrities, plus all of his wives! Slightly incongruously the Earl’s beloved Harley Davidson motorbike rests in one of the window alcoves! The round carpet which fits the room perfectly was purchased by the current Countess from Hampton Court. She also purchased some of the carpet runners from Lanhydrock House when they were no longer considered good enough by the National Trust.

Port Eliot Orangery

We were then able to refresh ourselves with tea and cake and left just as the rain started.  This trip would interest several U3A groups, namely the Garden visits group and the Walkers group.

For our own group may suggest that we try to arrange another trip in June when we can spend time exploring the garden and perhaps have a picnic tea there. If we go on a Monday the kitchen is open which has a huge array of copper pans. It is also the favoured place for Roo the whippet to hang out. How about going on Monday 8th June.