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We are a friendly, informal group who meet to enjoy, share and develop our interests in all things artistic. We welcome people of all ages and abilities to our regular meetings on Thursday evenings at Strutts Centre between seven and nine.
Every two weeks we have a themed evening where one of our members organises perhaps a still life, a look at a particular artist's work, a technique such as acrylics, pastels, collage, etching, drawing etc. All themed evenings are voluntary so that you can choose to do your own work if the theme isn't of interest to you.
In the alternate weeks marked "General" in the programme you can do your own work or continue the previous week's theme. We bring our own materials to the club each week.
Everyone in our group is encouraged to relax and work at their own pace - there is no pressure to compete with others, and we have a wide range of abilities and skills within the group. We don't offer tuition, but friendly advice is always available.
Our programme every year includes an informal “Competition Evening” when we will exhibit in a room at the Strutts and invite artists from other local clubs to come and vote for their favourite pictures in various categories. This is a fun event and a good chance to meet other artists from our area, have a drink and a chat. We generally also hold a week long exhibition at the Gallery at Cromford Mill in the summer.
Periodically, we have an artist come in and give us a demonstration the latest of these was Les Darlow who came in and gave us a fascinating demonstration of Pastels. Personally I don't get on with pastels however to see someone produce such vibrant and instantly lovable pictures with a few deft strokes was a revelation, I shall have to try again!
Finnally, thanks to all our members old and new who have consented to let us publish there pictures here, warts and all, so that you can get an idea of the open way we operate.
For further information or to just put a voice to a name please feel free to ring:
Frank Smith (01773) 827700 or Teresa Bailey 01332 840608
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