Art group showcases its work

Malcolm Donaldson ( left) , Kathy Smith and Stuart Wilkie from Stannington Art Group.'Picture by Jane Coltman
Malcolm Donaldson ( left) , Kathy Smith and Stuart Wilkie from Stannington Art Group.'Picture by Jane Coltman

An art group which has been running for more than three decades is gearing up for its next exhibition and sale of work.

Stannington Art Group meets fortnightly from early September until mid May at the Village Hall, next to the Ridley Arms.

Budding artists use a variety of mediums and are always seeking to improve their skills.

And the group is holding an exhibition with a coffee morning and sale of work on Saturday, May 21 to show the public some of what members do.

The event is being opened by the Rev Catherine Pickford, vicar of Stannington.

Around 20 artists will be showcasing their work at the exhibition.

Malcolm Donaldson is one of those who will be there with his watercolour of The Great Bridge of Tyne.

He said: “I chose this subject for two reasons — firstly, I have an interest in history, particularly local history, and secondly, because of the challenges it offered.

“This is a watercolour entitled The Great Bridge of Tyne. It depicts the bridge between Newcastle and Gateshead in the year 1700.

“In November 1771 the central spans of the bridge were destroyed by an enormous surge of flood water.

“Inspiration for the painting was an old etching by TM Richard Senior, which originally could produce only a black and white image. “Watercolours have brought the scene to life.”

Kathy Smith’s watercolour of Ben More from Glen Dochart will also be on display

Ms Smith always loved art at school, but had never tried a serious painting until later in life.

She said: “I started by joining an Adult Learning class to learn the basics.

“Painting in a group motivates me greatly. I like to work in acrylics and watercolours and enjoy painting landscapes showing light and shade, sunrises and sunsets.

“The inspiration for my painting of Ben More came on thinking back to a happy holiday my husband and I spent in Scotland.

“When I am painting, time becomes irrelevant as I lose myself in the subject. I would recommend art as it is extremely relaxing and so satisfying when you produce something that people enjoy.”

Stuart Wilkie’s watercolour of the town of St Savinien, in the Poitou-Charantes region of south western France, will also be on display, alongside numerous others.

He said: “This painting was inspired by my love of French architecture. A recent painting holiday in a French chateau rekindled my love of the French scene.”

The art group meets on Thursday evenings at the Village Hall, from 7pm to 9pm.