Art society annual show

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Members of Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Art Society got the chance to showcase their work at their annual exhibition at the Smith Art Gallery, Brighouse.

Around 100 paintings, including landscapes, portraits and seascapes went on view on Saturday. The exhibition will run for six weeks.

Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Art Society exhibition at the Smith Art Gallery, Brighouse Library.'Front, from the left, consort Mohammed Naeem, Mayor of Calderdale Ann Martin and society chairman Irene Scott.

Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Art Society exhibition at the Smith Art Gallery, Brighouse Library.'Front, from the left, consort Mohammed Naeem, Mayor of Calderdale Ann Martin and society chairman Irene Scott.

It was opened by the Mayor of Calderdale Ann Martin and her consort Mohammad Naeem after a short opening speech.

Members have been working towards the exhibition for the past 12 months and were pleased with the final show.

Secretary Mary Needham said: “It looked very good. All the pictures looked well and were presented beautifully.

“We have had some lovely feedback so far and visitors will be able to vote for their favourite painting which we usually have a good response from.

“Members were very happy with the way it went and looked.” She said as usual there was a high standard of work in a variety of media and styles. “The exhibition really is the high point of our year and members spend months working towards it. People are welcome to have a look around during the gallery opening hours and if people are interested in purchasing a painting they will need to contact Bankfield Museum in Halifax,” she said.

“A lot of blood sweat and tears has gone into this exhibition. It is a chance for members to show their abilities to the Brighouse public. And if we make a few sales it is very nice.” Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Art Society meets on Tuesdays at Brighouse Rest Centre at 7.30pm. Meetings are open to anyone interested in all aspects of art and include workshops, demonstrations and outdoor painting sessions.

Mrs Needham said: “We are always looking for new members who would be very welcome. We are a friendly group.”

Details of future meetings are available from Mary Needham on 01484 713624 or Muriel Kelly on 01484 720051. Alternatively people can visit www.handlas.co.uk or email mail@handlas.co.uk