Paint Days and Workshops Update September 2020

Apologies, but these events have been cancelled due to new government rules.

As you know the Society has had to cancel all activities for the past few months because of Covid-19 pandemic. I am happy to say that following a Committee meeting in early August it was agreed that limited activities such as Paint Days and Workshops can resume by ensuring a safe environment by following the government guidelines for group meetings.

Ken Bridges has therefore booked the Llanelltyd Village Hall for the following dates and times:

Paint Days

Tuesday 22nd September 2020 Paint Day – time: 10:30 am till 4:00 pm
Thursday 26th Nov Paint Day – time: 10:30 am till 4:00 pm

Workshop: Watercolour, the Basics

The next workshop will be on Tuesday, 13th October 2020 from 10:30 am until 4:00 pm. The tutor will be Ken Bridges

The aim of the workshop is to provide an introduction to the medium of watercolour for anyone who would like to take up watercolour or is just starting out in the medium. The session will begin with looking at watercolour materials We will then go on to discuss their use, after which the group will undertake a few basic practical exercises. Followed by a very simple painting. Those attending should bring along the following:

  • A selection of soft hair or synthetic brushes.
  • Watercolour paper or pad approximately A3
  • A small selection of watercolours in at least the three primary colours i.e. Red, Yellow and Blue.
  • Something to mix colours in, either a dedicated water colour palette or saucers or a small plate will do.
  • A Pencil and rubber.

Anyone who does not have any materials but wants to have a go please come along anyway. Bring your own lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Use the contact form below for more information or to book your place.


To comply with the Covid-19 requirements numbers for all three events are to be restricted to a maximum of 10 and those wishing to attend any of the events will be required to book a place with the secretary – use the booking form or the contact form above. If the uptake for any of the events is less than 5 then that event will be cancelled.

The painting days will continue in the same format as before, i.e. just turn up with your gear and have a paint among like minded members of the society, but don’t forget to book with Meena Davies.  Ken will be there to run the day and hopefully offer useful advice and tips if needed.

Llanelltyd Hall Covid 19 precautions

The following must be observed during the Paint Days and Workshop:

  • Only one room is to be used per event, in our case the large room.
  • Hand sanitiser to be used on entering and leaving the hall area, (there is some provided but bring your own if you wish).
  • Supply your own masks.
  • Only one person to use the toilets at any one time.
  • The Kitchen facilities are to be used for tea and coffee making only. Users will have to supply their own mugs and spoons.
  • Furniture to be left out at the end of the day so that it can be sterilised.
  • Group leader to leave their contact details.

Officers and committee members 2019 – 2020

The following officers and committee members were elected at the Meirionnydd Artists Society AGM on 9th November 2019.

Chairperson: Valerie Land

Vice Chairperson: Huw Lewis-Jones

Secretary: Meena Davies

Assistant Secretary: Ian Roberts

Exhibition Secretary: Jean Napier

Treasurer: Sue Barnes

Exhibition Organiser: Huw Lewis-Jones

Workshop/Programme Co-ordinators: Ken Bridges

Press and Publicity Officer:  Chris Owens

Website Coordinators: Chris Owens & Sue Barnes

Trips/Social Events: Marsha van den Bogaard & Ken Bridges

Executive Committee members: Ann Thomas, Jane Lloyd & Julia Wilson

2020 Paint Days and Workshops

Please put the following dates in your diaries for Paint Days or Workshops at Llynelltyd Village Hall:

  • 20th February
  • 19th March
  • 23rd April
  • 21st May
  • 18th June
  • 23rd July
  • 20th August
  • 24th September
  • 22nd October
  • 26th November
  • 17th December

These days will either be paint days or workshops depending on whether or not a tutor can be arranged for the day. It will be announced beforehand which it will be.

Additional days for tutor led workshops may be arranged in addition to the above if the opportunity arises.

Charges for these days will remain the same: Workshops £10 for members, £12 for non members, and Paint Days £3.

These workshops are suitable for people with disabilities as the hall is accessible, and there are folks on hand to provide assistance.

Please check the website for details of future workshops.

Chairman’s Report 2019

Chair Report 2019

Welcome to our AGM.  

I am pleased to report that this year I have missed no meetings and have generally been more available.  Not sure that I have totally had my finger on the pulse, but who has!  

My role as chair is rewarding when the society’s committee is good.  This present committee is very good.  As volunteers, with busy lives, they give their time generously and with good humour.  Our meetings are always productive and fun.  Huw continues to provide a warm welcome for our meetings in his Dolgellau home, and keeps the refreshments flowing in a relaxed atmosphere.  Thank you Huw.

In the spring we enjoyed an inspiring trip to The Walker Gallery, which included an informative tour and the Charles Rennie Mackintosh exhibition.  Then we all descended, a large coach load, on Huw for a lovely meal.  Thanks go to Marsha for being the organiser and Huw, once again, for his hospitality.

This year we asked Kate Coldham, manager of ArtWorks, Aberdyfi, to audit our accounts.  We don’t have to do an audit, but like to now and again.  Kate, being Kate, was terrifyingly thorough and extremely helpful.  A useful experience, particularly for our treasurer Sue.  It is good to be able to look closely at the way paperwork is done and our systems.  I am pleased to report that our accounts were approved and Kate has kindly offered to do future audits when required.

I was impressed with our annual exhibition.  New media on show, for example Les Symonds woodturning, and generally a healthy mix of 2D and 3D artwork.  We are publicising the event well and more people are seeing it.  The exhibition is always all hands to the battle stations, but didn’t seem so stressful this year because we didn’t have to transport the display system from Bryn-coed-Ifor in heavy rain.  I think we all enjoy the hanging and the event.  However,  I personally take my hat off to Jean for her secretary role with the entry forms and the rota and Marsha for catalogue and labels.  Both tasks I would not relish.  Sales reflected the current climate, being down on previous years.

Website is looking good and is kept up to date, social media is improving with lots of sharing.  Thanks Chris for your management of that.

Workshops have been supplemented by something called Painting Days, except it doesn’t have to be paint.  I went to one and enjoyed carrying on with my own project in the company of others.  I can highly recommend.  Help is on hand for those who need it.  A good idea, thanks to Ken.

Membership is healthy….numbers that is!

One major change is coming today.  I will be sad to lose the secretarial services of our excellent  Ian.  We have worked well together for 12 years and I have always found that he is very reliable and willing to get the job done.  However, I am pleased to say he will remain on the committee, support our new secretary, and will stop us from straying too far from the acceptable and being downright corrupt!  On behalf of us all, our sincere thanks.

So in the vein of thanks, whatever your contribution, however large or small, please accept my thanks on behalf of us all.  If you want to help in some way or have an idea, do get in touch.


A copy of our chairman’s report can be downloaded from here.

Workshop: Still Life

Our next workshop will be on Tuesday 22nd October 2019 at Llanelltyd Village Hall, starting at 10:30am, and finishing at about 4pm. The cost for members will be £10 and £12 for non-members. The tutor will be Chris Pugh. Chris will be looking at approaches to still life.

You will need to bring:

  • Drawing and painting materials of your own choice
  • Appropriate support i.e. paper, board or canvas
  • An object of your choice to draw or paint.

Chris will also bring along some subject matter. The day will involve suggestions on approach demonstrated by Chris followed by practical exercises.

Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring your own packed lunch.

N.B. Please stay at end of workshop to help clear-up

Use the contact form for more information or to book your place.