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Published February 14th 2018
Local artists display their work
Visitors have until March 6, 2018, to see a variety of artworks created by a group of enthusiasts at Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust's Waterside Gallery. The exhibition features the work of the 'Painting for Pleasure' art group which meets for weekly sessions at St. Cecelia's Church in Kidderminster.
The students, whose work is displayed in the Waterside Gallery in the Trust's Portal building, say it is helpful to have a designated period of time each week to devote to their art. Some class this as their "me time" and appreciate the way that they can work undisturbed for the two hour session. They also have the chance to have their creations assessed by fellow students who can provide positive criticism.
Tutor John Fox has led the group since 2006 when he retired from a career in teaching. Over the years the group has become an accomplished set of artists, working in a variety media, including pastel, watercolour, acrylic, oils and pencil crayon.
John avoids teaching in the formal sense, acting instead as an 'enabler', allowing individuals to choose the kind of work they wish to do, then advising them as to the best media to use and demonstrating the best ways of achieving their desired outcomes.
The group has previously staged two successful exhibitions and John feels strongly that it is important that the students have the chance to display their work.
"There's a superb range of works," he says. "Some members start, not having done any art since school and it's so good to see them develop. I love seeing the progression of the artists and I enjoy our sessions because they're such a lovely group of people."
The 'Painting for Pleasure' exhibition is free to visit until March 6, 2018. Many artworks are for sale, priced £25 – £85.
Holly Wain, Heritage Activities Assistant at Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust, adds: "We have been so impressed by the 'Painting for Pleasure' art group's exhibition. We are sure that visitors will feel inspired to give it a go themselves after seeing what amazing work the group has produced."