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The Gwynedd Ladies Art Society. SECOND ANNUAL EXHIBITION IN THE I ROUND ROOM. The cosy little home of the Gwynedd Ladies Art Society, erstwhile a cock-pit, is now charming with all the graces of female occupation. It is also to our mind charming tor another reason, namely that it contains the actual efforts of ladies striving tor excellence in the noble art to which they have devoted themselves. It contains no masterpieces, chefs-damvres would perhaps be a more suitable term, but, on the other hand, it contains no trifles hastily "hit on" by unla- borious master hands "just as a matter of duty, —or kindness. No, every picture in the Round Room,' good, bad, or indifferent,—and there are some which come under each of the above headings,—is at anyrate the outcome of honest, eager effort and striving alter excellence, and, in the contemplation of the results of this feminine effort and striving, lies lo our mind one of the chiefest charms ot this petite "show," the hon- ours of which are done with such gentle courtesy by Miss Colyer. Miss Lilian Woodcock's excel- lent contribution, A Still Pool on the Llugwy (No 105) first fixed our attention. The whole scene is justly proportioned, the still pool," being a marvellously faithful reproduction of a bit of charming river scenery. Mrs Sophie Marr's In the Sunlight" (No 102) is a luscious group of fruit which almost makes one's mouth water to look at, so natural is the presentment ot the sub- ject.—In "Sunshine and Showers" (No 128), Miss A. B. Pugh Evans has attempted, with much labour, to give expression to a very grand idea, and for the effort she is deserving of praise. More than that, the effort is full of promise. However, we are compelled to say that the drawing is in parts very crude and cramped, but this is essentially a failing which practice and experience will correct.—Miss Mary L. Breakell's Royal Oak Day (No 28) is another very charming conception, and shows the richness of the material at the command of the Society. It shows a surging crowd of youngsters rushing tumultuously through a half-opened door, and bearing oak blossom, as it eagerly bent on cele- brating this feast. The grouping ot the pushing figures, is excellent and full of lite and movement. —In No 43, Miss Ethel M. Sidley presents a charming little portrait of Master Hubert Dyson. We have not the pleasure of this young gentle- man's acquaintance, but, if he is at all as nice as he is represented by Miss Sidley s facile brush, he must be a very nice little fellow indeed. —Miss E. Harrison has an extremely natural bunch of fruit (No 22), and Miss J. Knowle's Talycafn Ferry is by no means without merit.—Again glancing mconsequently round the walls, we are fascinated by a picture which we find on reference to the catalogue to be marked £ ,15 iSs., the title being "Sea by Night- Lamplit." it is No. 68, and, it we mistake not, represents a view across the Menai Straits from Llanfairfechan, taking in Puffin Island, the Penmaen Lighthouse, and a portion ot the main- land ot Anglesea. In spite ot the very considerable sum asked for it by Miss R. Magnus, we cannot regard the work otherwise than as an "attempt to realise an idea which properly handled would have produced a most effective picture. As it is, however, it is full of crude work. The solitary lamp on the Carnarvonshire coast, shines with an unearthly light, not at all like anything we have ever seen, whiie the mass of lights on the opposite shore, certainly should not be where they are, if the locus in situ. has been adhered to in the drawing. We also ate rather afraid that the perspective is not what one could desire for the money.—Miss Mary L. Breakell has a capital piece of work in "Cottages on the Ouay, Cioveiiy," and Mrs J. 1'. Watts, 111 her E,lrly Spring oil the Liugwy," has turned out an excellent picture. In No. 108, Miss Constance M. Christie shows a really masterly "Study in Red," 111 which the exceeding difficulties ot a set task have iieen triumphantly solved, with the result ot producing a most pleasing picture.- "Ciocks-A Study in Llandudno Meadows" (No. 112), by Miss Lilian Woodcock, is another triumphant work, and one tnat will bear looking at a long time witti a critical eye, and stiii longer with an idea for enjoyment. —111 a Chinese Lantern (No. 35), marked in the catalogue at £31 10s, Miss Magnus has produced a masterpiece, one of the most striking and realistic bits ot work in the collect 1011. At the Fishing Grounds (No. 4j) and Waiting for the l"ide 42), are two lovely little gems, monochromes, by Miss Colyer, which are sure to make all visitors come to a pause when they cast their eye-, on tilelll. — Miss Mary Mason has chosen a delicate tas.c in her Do Trust Me (No. 54), and it is the merest justice to her to say that she has well suc- ceeded in that task, involving as it does delineate nig and expressing on canvass, two of the most complex emotions ot the female mind. Tne ac- cessories to the main features of this little gem are handled with conspicuous skill. In conclusion, we would strongly urge our readers not to miss tnis little Ltdies Show in the Round Rooai. it is full of interest and cnarni, and we are sure tnai our readers Will be gratified with what they see there. The flanging Committee were Miss Bellis, Miss Magnus, and Miss R. Knowles, who have done ttieir work in a manner at which no one can cavil.

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