The line-up is now complete for a series of weekly Culture Bites Рtalks on art related themes that will break new ground for Crewkerne & District U3A. The Art of talks begin on March 12th with guest speaker John Bartholomew presenting Art of Opera. John is a member of Crewkerne U3A and group leader of the Opera Appreciation group. The culture talks will run until April 16th and be held at the George Reynolds Centre on Tuesday afternoons from 2 pm Р4 pm. Tickets cost £5 per talk and are now being offered to the general public not just U3A members. Tickets can be bought at the LIC in Crewkerne Town Hall.

Crewkerne U3A chairperson Sheilia Seymour is the driving force behind the new project. Sheila said: “This is the first time we have organised a project like this. Ticket sales are going very well. It is very exciting. We have secured some wonderful speakers and the feedback is terrific.” The programme of culture talks continues on March 19th with conservator and author Simon Moore presenting the Art of Silversmiths. Simon’s book Artist’s Spoons and Associated Tableware was published in 2016.

On March 26th U3A members will welcome Art Dealer Miles Barton for a presentation on the Art of Portraiture. Miles worked as an historical researcher for many period film and TV productions at Pinewood and Shepperton studios, including Academy Award winner The Madness Of King George. On Tuesday April 9th Matthew Denney, a valuer with Lawrences Auctioneers in Crewkerne, will present the Art of the Arts and Crafts Movement, focusing on the work of textile designer William Morris. The series of specialist talks concludes on April 16th with the Art of Shakespeare: Heroes and Villians, presented by Ann Sutherland Cooke, leader of the U3A’s All About Shakespeare group. Anyone who is interested in becoming a member of Crewkerne & District U3A can email membership secretary Anne Bright for more information, anneat3@gmail.com

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