The Arts Society Sherborne Social Events

Twelfth Night Lunch

Theme – Snow Painting

Digby Hall, Sherborne

Friday 5 January 2024 1 – 5 pm 

Jaded after Christmas? Keen to talk about something other than turkey and mince pies? Then why not join The Arts Society Sherborne for a Twelfth Night Lunch in the Digby Hall on 12th Night?

You will be welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine, then be treated to a two course lunch with coffee catered by Helen Furness who has done so many successful events for TASS.

After lunch there will be two illustrated lectures – Julian Halsby will talk about the American Impressionists who painted snow. He will examine how they trained at the Académie Julian in Paris and saw the work of the French Impressionists before returning to paint the vast landscapes of America. The American winter is harsh with snow settling on the ground for months. Artist like Childe Hassam, Willard Metcalf and Walter Palmer painted breath taking pictures of these spectacular American winters.

Artists have made ice and snow a subject since at least the fifteenth century when winter scenes began appearing in illuminated books of hours. Jenny Newman will look at some early examples, including Breugel, take in the much loved Skating Minister, Japanese prints and some Impressionist, Post Impressionist and early C20th works, ending with the contemporary artists Peter Doig and Andy Goldworthy.

Price & Booking

The cost of the lunch is £38 (non members £40) to include a welcome glass of sparkling wine, lunch, coffee and two lectures. There will be a pay bar for you to buy additional wine or soft drinks. You may also bring your own wine. To book and pay, please click on the box below.


On 6th December we will celebrate the coming of Christmas with drinks and nibbles in the Digby Hall after the two Marc Allum Lectures. Following the afternoon lecture members are invited to stay in the Digby Hall and enjoy a glass of wine and a few nibbles. The same will take place after the evening lecture.



New Members Party


On Wednesday 10th May we held a party for new members in the Digby Hall. Guests were offered a glass of wine and canapes and a chance to meet members of the Arts Society Sherborne as well as the committee. This was followed by a short lecture given by Julian Halsby on the work of Giovanni Boldini, in his time one of the most fashionable portrait painters of his period, but today largely forgotten outside his native Italy.

Pictures: Denis Borrow


Midsummer Party at The Red House


On Wednesday 21st June TASS Members gathered at the Red House in Long Street for an evening of food and entertainment. After drinks on the lawn, we proceeded to a lecture room to hear Jenny Newman and Julian Halsby talk about ‘Painting the Midnight Sun’. Then we took our places at the tables to hear a performance by the U3A Madrigal Group consisting of songs based around the theme of Midsummer. This was followed by an excellent dinner catered for us by Helen Furness. The success of the evening was due to Debs and Stef Edlemann not only for allowing us to use their beautiful house and garden, but for the work they put into setting up and dismantling the tables, chairs, awnings and parasols. 

Pictures: Denis Borrow