We celebrated the 75th anniversary of our founding with a stunning exhibition. The quality of the work, from members and non-members alike, was excellent, the hanging showed all the works to advantage, and the sales and visitor numbers were both most impressive.
We were delighted to welcome David Aisher to open our exhibition on Private View day. Within the sailing world his credentials are impeccable – member of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and, until last autumn, Vice Commodore (Yachting) of the Royal Yacht Squadron. The
gallery was crowded throughout the day, with marine painting enthusiasts eager to see the exhibition and make their purchases.
As usual, the evening before the Private View was reserved for the Friends of the RSMA. This is an opportunity for our special group of supporters to view the exhibition in the relative calm of a private reception – and, of course, they have the first choice of the paintings and sculptures on show. Music was provided by instrumentalists from the Royal College of Music, wine and canapés were served
throughout the evening, and, judging by the comments received after the event, an extremely enjoyable evening was had by all.
On a number of occasions during the exhibition members set up their easels and worked in the gallery, giving visitors the opportunity to talk with the artists and see how they tackled their subject. We also ran three all-day practical painting workshops in the Mall Galleries Learning Centre. These proved popular, with all the students commenting on how much they had gained from the experience.