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A meeting of the Association of Art, Solenoe, Industry and Literature was held at Saunders' buildings on Thursday evening. There was a fair attendance and the oh air wasoconpied by Mr Jenkins, The Chairman In the oouraa of his In* troduotory remarks stated that the Committee had Intended to have oallud the meeting at an earlier date, but the delay had been unavoidable. He wab glud to see that 00 many of the public were present, nnd If they were all real sympathleera with the objects of the Society it must have a prosperous voyage. He wan anxious to see the Society make a good start, as he was sure that under suitable management, It would have a very benefiolal cffoot on tho oommuoity ; If -under its fostering influences the talents, hitherto dormant, of even a few, were so developed, as undoubtedly they might be, that their energies were tamed into new and uathought of ohannels,then those who felt an Interest m the movement would feel well rewarded. A few months ago a suggestion was mada to organise an Art Soolety similar to that In Ohristohuroh. After maoh consideration It was decided to place the Soolety on a wider basis, and henoe the formation of thle Association for the purpose of fostering art, science industry and literature m Aehbarton. A provisional Committee had been appointed to gather information, draw up rules and make preliminary arrangements. He hadhere to pay a tribute to the great zaal and energy of Mr Blake, who was the real founder of the Society, They had secured the mom In whloh the present meeting was held at a moderate rental and It would be under Mr Blake's charge. The members would send the works of art which they prepared, and these wod^d be on view by day and on certain evenings durlDg the week. In course of time he hoped to see the walls well adorned. About once a year they proposed to hold an exhibition of members'

work, borrow as they had done on the present occasion from all who would lend, and would probably combine with this exhibition, • horticultural show. After the annual exhibition members would have the opportunity of selling the works they had prepared, and this would oreate a spirit of healthy emulation. Regarding the aoientlGo branch of this work they had not yot formed definite plans, but would probably endeavor to organise some classes, and occasionally, get a Ohrlßtohuroh professor to leoture under their ausploea. Possibly they might discover some local scientists who would deliver Interesting; leotures. In the literary branoh all could give some help. By next winter they would arrange for a few leotares. Members would be invited to prepare and read papers, which

might be orltiolaed, and they would hold debates on subjects fixed by the Committee. And, as an important aid to all the branches of their work, they proposed to form the nucleus of a reference library as soon as possible He dwelt at lee gth on the necessity that existed for eaoa a Society an this, and pointed out; that to make It prosper both the management «nd eaoh individual member should work thalr hardest for its success, They mast bear m mlcd that workers wera wanted, not ornamental drones The Soolety was not organised to provide song and sentiment, and dispense coffee and cakes there wore plenty of other Institutions to do this— but for the purpose of affording to the public of Ashbcrton opportunities of self Improvement. The management would not keep It going for the sake of hearing the noise of the machinery. If the opportunities were not valaed by the pabllo, the Aesoolatlon would be dls- i solved. But ho hoped better things than ' this for Us future, and If all present and those who had promised to join gave what help they could, tho Association mast prosper,

A very able and Interesting dleoonrse wan given by Mr J, E, Buchanan, on whom h,ad devolved the tpsk of delivering the Inaugural address of the Soolety. The following offioera were eleoted :— Preßldent, Mr J. B. Bnohanan? VicePresident, the Mayor (Mr A. Harrison) ; Secretary, Me B. M. Blako ; Treasurer, Mr R. W. Jenkins ; Committee, Mesdames Harrison, Hoaaeraham, Brooke, Miss Oaraon, Miss Saunders, Rev B. A. Soott, Messrs G. Jameaon. D. H Brown, T. Gates, T. Arthur. During the evening several drawings, etc, the work of members of the Socloty wet j on view, and the meeting throughout ?9H * "9'HW°«ltQl 9»t<W«

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ASHBURTON ART SOCIETY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1975, 20 October 1888

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ASHBURTON ART SOCIETY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1975, 20 October 1888

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