Art club celebrates 25th anniversary

Tony Lynn, front, chairman of Houghton Art Club, with secretary Alison Davis, left, and members of the committee at the 25th anniversary exhibition in the Welfare Hall.
Tony Lynn, front, chairman of Houghton Art Club, with secretary Alison Davis, left, and members of the committee at the 25th anniversary exhibition in the Welfare Hall.
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ARTISTS are celebrating 25 years of producing picture perfect paintings.

Houghton Art Club, which meets in the town’s Welfare Hall, has artists ranging from those in their early 20s to their 80s.

It was in 1987 that small group of enthusiastic artists set up the group, which these days has a healthy membership made up of people from Houghton and much further afield.

Each week at the organisation’s meetings, members paint whatever they want to before discussing their work with each other.

Models also often visit sessions so that still-life work can be done by the artists.

Tony Lynn, 76, who has been chairman of the group for the past decade, said: “It’s a great bunch of people we have down here.

“Some other clubs are maybe a bit more commercial, but ours is really more a social gathering. “Everybody is very friendly and we all get on great too.”

Club secretary Alison Davis, from Houghton, said: “We’ve got about 50 members right now but usually get about 35 turning up every week.

“It’s a good way of socialising and getting together for a cup of coffee.”

Alison added that those interested in joining the group can have a go at taster sessions.

“People can come along to our meetings and try it before they join,” said the 56-year-old.

The club meets every Thursday evening at Welfare Hall, from 7pm to 9pm.

To find out more about the club call Alison on 584 1092 or Tony on 416 3198.