ONE hundred people can’t be wrong. That’s how many members now enjoy the experience of being part of Hartlepool Art Club.
And another indication of the club’s success is, it has now held 67 hugely popular annual exhibitions.
Each display is in Hartlepool Art Gallery – home of the club – and current president Margaret Wiles explained how displays have spread far and wide.
“The club now exhibits both locally (in The Golden Lion, the Indoor Bowls Club and Summerhill) and regionally.
The very prestigious Gallery at The Station at Richmond only takes exhibitions by individuals and groups once they have proved that their work meets the Gallery’s high standards.
“This summer, Hartlepool Art Club has been invited to hold its third exhibition there. This will be held for four weeks from June 12.
“The club’s activities have broadened too.
“Although members can meet and paint together on both a formal and informal basis as they always did, they also have access to regular painting demonstrations by professional artists.”
Displays which are on the way include a pastel demonstration by Whitby artist Keith Blessed.
Yorkshire artist John Freeman will demonstrate watercolour and Jeremy Taylor from Shipley will show how to work in oils.
Geoff Hewitt, from Hull, will paint a portrait in acrylics and Clive Wylie, from Cumbria, will give a watercolour demonstration.
The programme continues in the new year with Hartlepool artist John Wigston demonstrating his seascapes, Bruce Mulcahy, from Dewsbury, will paint a landscape in gouache, acrylic or oil, and Peter Slater is returning to demonstrate his drawing skills.
Margaret added: “You don’t have to be a painter to be a member of Hartlepool Art Club.
“We have members who come and share our meetings simply because our programme satisfies their interest in the visual arts.”
There is also the chance to join in with art club trips to the Staithes Art Festival, Patchings Art Festival near Nottingham, the Biscuit Factory in Newcastle and the annual Lake Artists’ Exhibition at Grasmere.