Tributes were paid to Fiona Robertson at the society's annual general meeting on April 15, when she came to the end of her three-year term as chairman.
Fiona is succeeded by Kathleen Woods (on the right) who presented her with a bouquet and a set of brushes on behalf of members.
In her report, Fiona thanked Kathleen for her hard work as exhibitions co-ordinator (a role she willl continue alongside the chairmanship) and Martine Berlemont for organising the society's programme of demonstrations and workshops.
Fiona reported that the change to morning rather than evening meetings had continued to be a success, and that the 2015 annual exhibition at Gracefield had achieved the highest number of sales for some years.
The meeting agreed to a proposal that in future the society's meetings at Gracefield should start at 11am rather than 11.30 on a Friday.
The treasurer, Chris Otty, reported a healthy bank balance of more than £6,000 and a slight drop in membership to around 225. He urged members to encourage their artistic acquaintances to join.
Referring to questions about the future of Gracefield as an arts centre, the president, Hazel Campbell, said she understood the council's review would take a long time and it could be years before any proposal was put forward.
[The council has said it is considering options, which could includei moving Gracefield's functions to other council buildings, but no decision has been taken.
See a council statement here.]
There are still places available for the society's summer workshops, which begin on May 20 with Jeremy Carlisle focusing on using watercolours to depict the character of Dumfries and Galloway. Go to the Programme page for links to the full details of Jeremy's and other workshops, and examples of the tutors' work.