Rugby and District Art Society host 75th annual exhibition in town

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RUGBY and District Art Society is celebrating its 75th year with a special exhibition.

The society was founded in the town in 1936 by a group of friends and has gone from strength to strength ever since.

The first exhibition organised by the society was held in the town library and was opened by Captain Talbot Kelly, who was the art master at Rugby School.

The society, 75 years on, now has around 120 members and meets on the first Wednesday of each month at Dunchurch Village Hall in Rugby Road, where guest speakers talk about their work and give demonstrations. There is an exhibition held at least once a year.

Members include a mix of amateurs and professionals interested in and practising arts in Rugby and a wide surrounding area.

There are also four to six workshops held every year covering various activities but mostly about painting in oils, water colours, and pastels.

Painting holidays are organised usually in the UK, although to celebrate the 75th anniversary a coach visit to France is being arranged.

To further celebrate the milestone, the Rugby and District Art Society is holding its 75th exhibition in the Floor One Gallery at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum.

The exhibition of selected work will include paintings and ceramics.

A special ceremony will be held at the gallery on Saturday where the Mayor of Rugby, Cllr Gwen Hotten, will present winning members with awards.

The exhibition opened at the gallery yesterday (Wednesday) and will run until Saturday, December 3.

It will be open to the public until Saturday, December 3 from 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 4pm Saturday, closed on Sunday and Monday.

Entry is free.

For more information about the Rugby and District Art Society call Cynthia Chandler on (01788) 571612.