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Annual General Meeting, 7th March 2014


A New Chairman for OVAS


Tributes were paid to Pauline Hatfield at the Otter Vale Art Society’s annual general meeting on Friday March 7th as she stood down from her position as chairperson of the society. Through her enthusiasm and dedication, her period in the chair has been a notably successful one, with the society’s reputation for maintaining high standards and encouraging an interest in the arts having been much enhanced.


Taking Pauline’s place with the unanimous support of all those present at the AGM is Neil Marshall. Neil, who many will remember for his wonderful painting of a Parisian street scene, voted visitors’ favourite at the 2013 exhibition, was welcomed to his new position by Ray Balkwill, the society’s president and well-known local professional artist.The handover complete, the AGM held a lively debate about the prize categories for the 2014 exhibition, to be held once again at the Institute in August.


To conclude, the meeting was enthralled by a talk from Steven Proudfoot on running a commercial gallery. Steven gave a fascinating insight into the financial and other challenges involved in such an enterprise, as well as some useful tips for aspiring artists on how to get their work noticed and exhibited in a highly competitive market.

Pauline receives gifts and flowers to mark the end of her chairmanship from Ray Balkwill, left and new chairman Neil Marshall, centre.

Carole-Ann Pitfield receives the prize for having her picture on the theme “Light and Shade” voted the best in a display of work by OVAS members at the AGM.

Otter Vale Art Society

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