65 years of putting artists in the frame

Brighouse Art Circle's annual exhibition at Smith Art Gallery. Pictured is artist Nicky Brighton
Brighouse Art Circle's annual exhibition at Smith Art Gallery. Pictured is artist Nicky Brighton

Members of Brighouse Art Circle are preparing for their 65th annual exhibition.

It will be opened officially by the Mayor of Calderdale, Coun John Hardy, on Saturday, March 23, at 2pm and will run until May 11.

Brighouse Art Circle's annual exhibition at Smith Art Gallery. Pictured is Heidi Farrar, exhibition organiser and Geoff Habergham, chairman, with Mayor Nader Fekri and former chair Les Boothoryd, (right)

Brighouse Art Circle's annual exhibition at Smith Art Gallery. Pictured is Heidi Farrar, exhibition organiser and Geoff Habergham, chairman, with Mayor Nader Fekri and former chair Les Boothoryd, (right)

There will be more than 100 original works of art produced by the members for sale at reasonable prices.

The exhibition is a collection of members best work done during the year. They cover a wide range of subject matters from portraits to landscapes, figures, and flowers to animals.

People will be asked to vote for Best in Show and comments are always well received.

Chair Geoff Habergham said some members will have spent between 40 and 50 hours producing the artwork. “It is always nice to sell a painting although we have some semi professional painters most of us are amateurs,” he said.

“We have hardcore members who paint day in and day out and look forward to displaying their work and it is a bonus if someone buys it. But it does spur you on year after year to continue to do your best.”

He said that the gallery will soon be unmanned due to council cutbacks and they did wonder what the future held. “The exhibitions are organised by two people and both are being made redundant. No one knows what is going to happen but we are hoping to be able to cobntinue as we have now in the past.”

The gallery is open Monday to Saturday during library opening hours.

For more details email brighouseartcircle@yahoo.co.uk, visit www.brighouseartcircle.co.uk or call Geoff Habergham on 01484 712947.

Last week members held a life model session. Tonight at 7.30 there will be a workshop based on abstract in any medium and on March 21 there will be a watercolour demonstration by Yorkshire artist and tutor Paul Talbot-Greaves.

Members enjoy demonstrations, workshops, life models, costume models and exhibitions. Meetings are held every Thursday evening at Waring Green Community Centre, Brighouse, at 7.30pm. If you enjoy painting at home, not painted for a long time or never painted but would like to join a friendly group of like minded people why not just turn up for a free session, or contact the group.