Thursday, October 3, 2013

New Exhibition at Pontefract Museum

Pontefract Art Club – Annual Exhibition

A new exhibition has opened at Pontefract Museum, displaying the work of local artists who are members of Pontefract Art Club.  The exhibition runs from 21 September to 14 December.

Some of the artwork is for sale so it is a great opportunity to get some unusual and unique Christmas presents.

Pontefract Art Club have been exhibiting their work for over 30 years. From watercolours to oil paintings and landscapes to abstracts a wide range of skills and painting techniques will be on show.

Pontefract Art Club was founded in 1978 by Alan Bracken, Head of Graphics at Doncaster Institute of Higher Education and a keen amateur artist.  Alan served as President and was active in the Club until his untimely death. His widow, Dorothy, awards ‘The Alan Bracken Trophy’ each year to the most improved member of the club. 

Pontefract Art Club has been home to several artists who have gone on to make their mark in the art world, namely Harry Malkin, David Newbould, William Selby, William Shone, Ray Oliver and Janet Golphin.

A history of the club would be incomplete without a mention of the stalwart service given by Audrey Tarpey and Gordon Fell who served in many capacities over the years. Both are sadly missed by the Club. Their President, David Newbould, continues to support and entertain the members and gives freely of his time and experience.

The Club continues to flourish with around 65 members, and a varied programme of events culminating in the Annual Exhibition. The club now holds its weekly meetings on most Wednesday evenings at St. Giles Church – new members are always welcome.

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