Art group celebrates first birthday

A chilled glass of prosecco and a delicious slice of birthday cake made Wednesday afternoon at the Reading Room a special treat as budding artists celebrated the first anniversary of the Burgh Art Group.

It was Burgh resident, Joyce Rochester who proposed the idea of setting up an art group in the village and it has proved a great success, with up to 12 members meeting once a fortnight.

ABOVE: Left to right – Sue Bell, Sue Brewer, Frank Hurrell, Lesley Prekopp, Bill Stewart, Joyce Rochester, and Mary Ollman. BELOW – as above – with Yvonne Stewart (front).

Joyce felt that such a beautiful Reading Room ought to be used more, as together with the church, it is the heart of the village. She put forward a list of suggestions, art being just one. Yvonne Stewart took up the idea and made it happen.

“We are a jolly little group,” said Joyce, “No instructor, no pressure, just a friendly gathering helping each other. A complete beginner would get the encouragement to take those first tentative steps, and, who knows, there could be, a Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso, Klimt, out there.

“It is fun and very relaxing, such a beautiful location. Norfolk Artist Jason Partner was very fond of the village.”

Having spent the last year drawing, painting, printing all manner of things in all manner of media, the party would not have been complete without a mini exhibition of some of the group’s favourite art works to share and discuss.

Art group member, Lesley Prekopp, said: “It wasn’t all drinking, eating and chatting – we also had a still life to work on – a pair of shoes /boots of our own choosing.

“This was something we’d done on our very first session, so we should have improved. Of course, the shoes weren’t compulsory – we could work on what we liked, as usual. As Joyce says: ‘The informality is very inviting for a nervous novice’.”

The art group is open to anyone and new members would be most welcome. It costs £2 each per session which goes towards the cost of the Reading Room. For further information contact Yvonne.

30 October, 2019

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