Rugby’s finest art on show

Pictured president of Rugby and District Art Society Paul Torr in his home studio.''MHRA-22-11-13 Art Society Nov25
Pictured president of Rugby and District Art Society Paul Torr in his home studio.''MHRA-22-11-13 Art Society Nov25

Artists from Rugby and District Art Society are busy preparing for their Annual Awards Exhibition, to be held at Rugby Art Gallery from Saturday.

The show will display the work of some of the society’s 140 members from Saturday November 30 to Thursday December 12, and will include works in oils, acrylic, watercolour, pastel, ceramics and collage, in a wide variety of subjects from wildlife to landscapes and portraits.

An independent judging panel will decide on the most meritorious works in six categories and the event will culminate with an awards ceremony presented by the mayor of Rugby, Cllr Tony Gillias, also on Saturday December 7.

Now in its 76th year, the society has amateur and professional members, and others interested in the arts.

Paul Torr, chairman of the group, said: “Art is universal;. It comes in many different forms, is produced in many different ways, and is there to be enjoyed by everyone.

“Our society has been a force for the arts in Rugby for nearly 80 years, encouraging artists and art lovers in the area to meet, learn, practise and exhibit in a friendly and engaging environment.”

Guests are invited to come and chat with members in attendance to discover how active the society is, as it organises regular entertaining and inspiring demonstrations, practical workshops, exhibitions, outings and even travels.

Admission is free, and guests are invited to drop by and find out who the winners are, and with Christmas approaching, perhaps consider buying some of the independent artists’ work.

Another reason to visit Rugby’s art gallery is the Rugby Open exhibition, which is taking place now until January 11.

The annual Rugby Open exhibition presents the best artwork from the area, and is also made up of work that uses a variety of media from painting and photography to ceramics, textiles and sculptural works.

For further information please visit rugbyand
districtartsociety.org.uk or ragm.org.uk.

The Floor One gallery is open Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm; Saturdays 10am to 4pm and is closed Sundays and Mondays.