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Friday Art Group Annual Exhibition 2020

In previous years we have held our annual exhibitions at the empty shop on the marina, the University Sailing Club, the Christine Storey Gallery, and even the allotments during their centenary. In the future we hope to show our work at the museum when it opens, however, this year we are embracing modern technology and going ‘on line’. Thanks go to David Bridle and Brightlingsea Info for giving us the opportunity.

The group has grown from a Local Authority art class at the Community Centre in 2007 to a group of 20 which now meets regularly at the United Reform Church Hall in Chapel Road every Friday morning (hence the name!) Initially we had no tutor but we soon got Pam Booker on board who certainly got us out of our comfort zone. We learnt to be bigger, bolder, braver. To "make marks", to "knock back with white" and to be comfortable learning from each other.

Local artist Simon Peecock has now taken us on and we have particularly enjoyed working on lino printing, in fact we got a bit obsessed with it.

We enjoy visiting local exhibitions and galleries, the Geedon Gallery in Fingringhoe has been a favourite followed by lunch at the Whalebone. During the summer break we have sketching outings and some of us have even been on organised art holidays together.

Over the years we've had a go at life drawing, still lives, landscapes, portraits and more using pencil, charcoal, watercolour, acrylic, pastels, inks and yes, we all have too many materials.

Inevitably there have been personal ups and downs over the years and this group has been so very supportive and many of us have found the simple process of concentrating on looking and drawing immensely therapeutic.

We have been ably kept in order by Christine Puttock who manages to keep the finances straight while I buy the milk and biscuits (never forgetting the fig rolls)

We'll be back together before long I'm sure. In the mean time we very much hope you enjoy our 2020 exhibition.

Pauline Smith

• If you have any questions regarding the Friday Art Group please contact Christine on 01206 302086 or, if you'd prefer email, [email protected]

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