Society Talent

On one of our day trips, it was apparent that one of our members, John Toovey, was busy drawing the surroundings of the property we were visiting.  Asking the obvious questions has led ADFAS to present some of the beautiful results for your consideration!

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      Osterley Park ADFAS trip 2018                          Upton House ADFAS trip 2018

John and Jacqui Toovey have been ADFAS Members since 2004.
These are some of the sketches he has produced in England since 2016, two on ADFAS outings.   

There are also a couple drawn last year in Lucca in Italy, which apparently is a delight to visit.

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John has commented that 'Art has always featured in my family.  I went briefly to Guildford School of Art and evening classes at St Martin’s in London before training at the Architectural Association as an architect.' 
He has always been attracted to buildings and scenes, but many of his sketch books also have things that interest him when on holiday and relaxed ... animals, plants, children ... !

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                                 Northamptonshire 2016

Copyright:   John Toovey 2018/2019

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Membership fee for the current 2019/20 Morning lecture year starting in September is still only £40.00 per person.  Lectures take place on the last Wednesday of the month in Potten End's Village Hall -  please see the Events programme tab for full details.  This will take ADFAS in to its 52nd year.

Following two successful 'taster' lecture sessions in Autumn of 2017, the ADFAS Committee has extended of our activities to provide a parallel series of Evening meetings, so we can offer even more talks on matters artistic.

The Membership Subscription fee for the current 2019/20 Evening lecture year in September is maintained at £60.00 per person with an additional talk.  ADFAS Evenings is a growing activity which is now in its third year. 

These Evening sessions are based on the Berkhamsted Civic Centre venue.  These will take place on the second Wednesday of the month starting on in September  2019.  Details of Evening lecturers and their topics as at this point in time are available using the Evening Events tab.

Combined Membership subscription to both Morning and Evening sessions is at the reduced rate of £90.00 per person.

Elsewhere on the ADFAS website there are more details as to why we have made this significant expansion for the benefit of the Members of ADFAS and also everybody with an interest in the Arts in all its many forms.  Our objective is to extend such activities  to all age groups. 

Benefits of Membership

In addition to enjoying all our lectures and visits, extra benefits include:

  • The Arts Society Review - the quarterly magazine containing articles from some of the top names in the arts world as well as updates on national and regional TAS activities
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  • Access to an exciting range of national events and courses
  • Offers and concessions available upon production of your The Arts Society membership card for museums and galleries across the country

In addition, you will be joining some  90,000 people across the UK who are committed to promoting and preserving our rich heritage in all forms the decorative and fine arts.

(Please note:- Additional charges for some of the above may apply.) 

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