In October the Society lost a valued member, Denis Taplin, at the age of 86 after a sudden short illness. Denis was a founder member if the Felixstowe Art Group of which he was Exhibition Secretary, gaining experience which served him well when he left his position with the NHS to open his gallery in Woodbridge. He earned an excellent reputation for the quality of the works shown, including those of several of the Society’s members. Denis was a shrewd and perceptive critic, writing occasionally with vigour about current art trends and taking part in the Society’s discussion evenings. His love of the nude led to his organising life drawing sessions at Woodbridge, a link with his ongoing photographic work. He had great admiration for Matisse and Keith Vaughan in particular. This was reflected in his own work: carefully observed and constructed compositions of flat muted colour with little visual or painterly texture – paintings which echoed Denis’ thoughtful nature, responding to a belief in a unity of the arts, music, literature, theatre and the visual.