Jubilee Celebration Lunch Of The Arts Society – South Downs
On 5th September almost 120 members of the Arts Society South Downs (theartssocietysouthdowns.org.uk) celebrated the 50th Anniversary of their national umbrella organisation, The Arts Society (previously the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies, or NADFAS) with a lecture and lunch in the splendid setting of West Dean College and its grounds. The West Sussex Area Chairman David Bignell and his wife Marianne attended as guests.
A talk on the Mona Lisa Mystery by Arts Society speaker Malcolm Kenwood opened the celebrations in the oak-beamed Auditorium. Malcolm gave a vivid and amusing account of the theft in 1911 of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece from the Louvre and its subsequent recovery two years later in Florence, after a series of remarkable blunders.
The talk was followed by canapés in the College’s beautiful Oak Hall and a delicious two-course lunch in the suite of stunning reception rooms.
Susanne Haywood, Chair of the Society, said “We really had a perfect day to celebrate this very special Anniversary. West Dean College and Gardens were the ideal venue, and even the sun came to the party. It was a lovely opportunity to bring our members together and create new friendships out of a shared interest in the arts.”
The Arts Society – South Downs has just under 200 members and is a convivial group who meet on the first Wednesday of the month in Fittleworth Village Hall. Visitors are warmly welcomed (£5) and further information is available from the membership secretary on 01403 785302.