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Art club sets out its stall and looks to the future

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: June 03, 2014

  • Wedensbury Art Club in action in 2009

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WEDNESBURY Art Club in its current form has been active since 1989, but isn't about to rest on its laurels and there are plans afoot to attract younger members to the fold

The Club's events secretary John Howell has been telling the Bugle how loyal the current membership is, but reckons the facilities the Club offers would appeal to a younger stream of would-be artists. "It doesn't matter what discipline of creative, traditional art their forte is, the wider the spectrum, the better the mix. We have a successful programme of 'Demonstration' evenings by some well known names in the world of art, and these are then followed up by the all important 'Practical' evenings which our guest professiona ls really enjoy.

"There is nothing better than to rub shoulders with the experts and then take on board there guidance and support in the art of painting. Robert Farthers is possibly a name unfamiliar to many, but this popular landscape and wildlife artist is a regular at the Club and always makes sure his name is down on our guest list for the following year's programme.

"He is a versatile craftsman and adept in both watercolour, acrylic and the medium of gouache, and he will be with us next on the evening of Monday June 9, between 7pm - 9pm, to show us all how it can be done. He is due to return on Monday June 23 to join with Club members at the practical workshop."

Wednesbury Art Club 1989, as the title suggests, was reformed in 1989 after a previous incarnation and meets at the Old Post Office building in Holyhead Road, operating a programme of events from March to October. It is a Club open to all, both young and old, male and female, talented individuals with the brush and also beginners, and as John pointed out gives people the opportunity to keep traditional art forms active and relevant in the age of modern art.

John is available to answer any queries about further information on 01922 683304 or email blacky1939@hotmail.co.uk. He also hastens to add that up and coming guest artists, apart from Robert Farthers, include Rob Wareing (Portrait artist), Shane Wiseman (Wildlife and domestic pet artist) and John Hopkins ARBSA who specialises in watercolour. Entry to all demonstration evenings is £3.00 at the door.

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