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The Gwynedd Ladies' Art Society.


The Gwynedd Ladies' Art Society. PRIVATE VIEW DAY. The Private View of the works of Members and Associates of the Gwynedd Ladies Art Society, took place last Saturday, in the Round Room, Conway, where a large number of visitors were present. Between 300 and 400 visited the Gallery during the day. The residents in the town of Conway and neighbourhood were well represen- ted. Owing to the unavoidable absence of the President (the Right Hon. the Lady Augusta Mostyn), the Vice-President(Mrs Swinford Wood) received the invited guests subjoined is a copy of a letter received from the President "6, Portman Square, W., 22nd May, 1896. Dear Mrs Wood,—I hope you will have a bright day, and a good gathering on Saturday, and will you kindly express my great regret that I cannot be present with you all tomorrow, but shall be thinking about the Exhibition and wish- ing I could see it. Miss Colyer tells me that there are a very good collection of pictures this year, and that the entries are more than last time, and the work decidedly better, which is very satisfactory. We shall soon require a larger building and better room. Believe me, yours sincerely, H. A. MOSTYN." The sales were very few, being only three in number. The first sold was a very powerful evening effect, entitled Shades of Evening, by Miss Colyer, who has four other examples of her work at this exhibition, all ot which are good. Three of them are evening effects representing the sea, which are all truthful and harmonious- No. 66, is altogether a different style, being a bright little sketch taken at Deganwy. Miss 11 Colyer is the Hon. Secretary of the Society, and the Members consider themselves very fortunate in having procured her services. The two other pictures which have found purchasers are Gomshall Mill," by Miss C. M. Christie, and Conway Castle by Miss Maud Salmon, both these pictures are very good examples of that class of work. Miss Breakell sends several good examples of her work, both in landscape and figure No. 28, Royal Oak Day," her chief picture, represents a group of well-painted children appearing at a door and illustrating in a satisfactory way, the verse which is attached in the catalogue, to the title of that picture. No. 71, "Cottages on the Quay, Clovelly, by the same artist, is very gooJ in colour. Mrs Lester Sutcliffe sends some clever and refined examples of her work, but in the cases of both No. 74; "A Winter Boquet," and No. 101, "Poppies," the accessories seem to interfere with the repose of the pictures. Mrs Sophie Marr is another con- tributor who is well represented by six examples of her work, of which No. 102, "In the Sun- light," is perhaps the best. Miss Knowles's chief work is No. 57, 11 Talycafn Ferry"; the colour of this picture is good, and the house in sunlight well-painted, only it would be better if the whole picture were a bit warmer in colour, especially at the right-hand side, where^ the shadows come rather too cold. Mrs Clara Knight sends four pictures, all of which are harmonious and refined. Miss Sidley sends a portrait of a little doy,—it is well painted, but it is unfortunate that the lining of the dress and the sky should be exactly the same in colour and quality. Miss Woodcock sends three examples of her work, No. 17, Evening near Capel Curig," No. 105, "A still pool on the Llugwy, near Capel Curig," and" Clocks." Her most important work is the first mentioned, the colour is very good, and the hill against the sky very well painted, but the foreground in the picture is not quite as successful, being a little flat. No. 17 is refined in treatment, but a little too colourless. Miss Thomas has sent a nice little head of a boy. Miss Edith Bellis is represented by 3 pictures,— one, No 20, "An Old Salt," representing more faithfully a characteristic type of mariner in later life another, No 23, Sunshine after Rain, Estuary of the Conway from Gogarth," is a charming landscape which has rarely (if ever) been depicted from this point. Miss Lily F. Whaite's only picture, No 58, "Mixed Flowers," shows careful and clever work, but is not so ambitious as was naturally looked-for by all who have knowledge of Miss Whaite's capabilities, we hope to see a less meagre representation next year. There are 6 pictures by Miss Rose Mag- nus,—No 37, Artichoke Flowers is a gem, an unhackneyed subject splendidly treated another, No 68, "Sea by Night,—Lamplight," is held, by several whose opinion is more than ordinary weight, to call for especial notice, being so entirely original and so different to any other exhibited in the Round Room, whatever its defects and merits, it certainly shows an amount of refreshing originality which we fain would see in the works of some of the Members whose names it is unnecessary to mention. Miss Edith j M. Hughes's "A Corner of St Mary's, Conway" (No 59) was worthy of prolonged inspection, beauties being discerned on a lengthened gaze. Miss Daisy Dutton sends a a fruit piece, No. 80, in which the silver tray upon which the fruit lies, is particularly well drawn and painted the fruit is also very fair. Miss Clara Perrin sends some nice and conscientious work. Miss Georgina Laing sends three pictures, of which No. 61. Sweet Oranges," is the most important; it represents a poor girl selling oranges, and is a pretty and attractive subject. Mrs Henry Burton sends some interesting street scenes. Miss R. Ridgway is represented by three very nice water- color sketches. The pictures by Miss MacEwen, Miss Mostyn, Miss Peers, are amongst others worthy of notice. Taking the Exhibition as a whole, it is a very creditable one, and infinitely better than the one held last year still, it was in the power of the Hanging Committee to have made it more satis- factory Had they I ejected certain pictures, which simply do harm to the whole Exhibition. The hangers ought to bear in mind that it does no good, even to the painter of a bad picture, to hang it, and as it certainly does great harm to the Society, it is their duty to reject work which they must consider below their standard, and thereby let the exhibitors be seen to advantage. The hangers of the present Exhibition were Miss Bellis, Miss Knowles, and Miss Rose Magnus.

Conway & Llandudno Petty Sessions.

Carnarvonshire Joint Sanitary…