Art Appreciation

  • Group meetings have re-started.
  • The group meets to discuss any aspect of the visual arts. We visit studios, public galleries and exhibitions. We invite local artists to talk to our group and our members give presentations on the work of their favourite artists. Members’ talks have included the work of Winifred Nicholson, Peter Ball, Marc Chagal, William Morrison and the Pre-Raphaelites and Toulouse Lautrec.
  • Group members would welcome new attendees at their meetings. Activities include members’ presentations on artists and exhibitions attended, guest speakers, visits to art galleries and viewing of DVDs borrowed from the U3A national library. Meetings are informal and are held in members’ homes unless an outing has been arranged.
    If interested, please contact Elizabeth Wilson
  • The Art Appreciation Group meets on the third Monday of the month at 2pm.  We keep numbers to around 15 since that is a comfortable number to seat for ‘at home’ meetings but ‘out’ meetings to galleries and exhibitions can manage larger numbers.

Organiser: Elizabeth Wilson: email:


Details of the programme for the following two months:

Monday 18 October -Visit to a glass artist  in Wispington. Fully Booked

Monday 15 November – a visit to another friend of Margaret’s whose parents owned an art shop in Bloomsbury and who has a collection of pictures from this time.

Monday 20 December  – “Bring a favourite Christmas card to talk about”. At the home of Margaret Campion.

Monday 17 January 2022 – Planning meeting for 2022. At the home of Margaret Campion.

New Members are always welcome to join us.

 With best wishes


Organiser: Elizabeth Wilson: email:

September - Cranberry Glass

This month (September) the group visited the home of one of our members who had over many years collected a wonderful array of Cranberry Glass.  For those not fans of the Antiques Road Show, this is roughly any glass ware of a distinctive deep red colour made by adding gold salts to red glass.  It was made mostly in Bohemia (now the Czech Republic) in the latter half of the 19th century and is still produced by craftsmen today.  However it is not fashionable today although most of the group had one or two examples of old red glass in the back of cupboards all originating from our parents and grandparents that we simply did not feel we could throw away – I am sure many of our readers will also have similar hidden examples!

This collection was large, several hundred pieces and all most beautifully displayed on white painted shelves in a light and airy dining room.  There were examples of enamelled Cranberry glass from the workshop of the most well-known designer, Mary Gregory and other intricate examples of Bohemian make.   Our hostess had her own favourites, which were mostly ones which could be called ‘useful’ today, small wine glasses and stemmed sundae dishes.

Our group today was quite large, 12 members and we all enjoyed our visit which ended with tea in the lovely garden of our hostess to whom we extend our thanks for a most interesting visit.

Margaret Campion