Art club members return ‘home’

DM1503450 Russ Calver prepares for his demonstration at Adur Art Club
DM1503450 Russ Calver prepares for his demonstration at Adur Art Club
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ADUR Art Club has returned ‘home’ for the first time since renovation works began at their base in the Shoreham Centre.

The club meets twice a week at the Pond Road centre but once work began on the extension, members were moved from their upstairs room to space downstairs.

On Thursday, they returned to room 8 upstairs for a demonstration by Lymington artist Russ Calver.

Chairman Margaret Wallis said it was good to be back and she was pleased with the new-look room.

There is space for the club to store their books and easels and plenty of windows to provide light when they are painting.

Mr Culver has been painting since childhood but in 1978, on the recommendation of sculptor James Butler, he attended the Sir John Cass School of Art in London and studied portrait and life drawing.

“This was a turning point and afterwards, I took up the challenge of painting full- time,” he said.

He has been supporting the work of the RNLI in his home town, painting portraits to raise money for the charity.

He used a picture of helmsman Ian Wood to demonstrate painting a portrait in oils.

The club has around 50 members, who paint in various styles.

The annual exhibition normally takes place at the Shoreham Centre in July, but the ongoing building works have led to a change of programme this year.

Margaret explained: “For the first time in 40 years, we won’t be doing the July exhibition.

“Instead, we have joined up with the Adur Art Trail for the first time and will be putting on our Exhibition of Paintings at Adur Civic Centre.

“The council has very kindly given donated to us the use of the council chamber. It is a one-off, but if it works out, we hope to join the Adur Art Trail in future years.”

The exhibition takes place at the Civic Centre, in Ham Road, Shoreham, from Friday, June 5, to Monday, June 8. Opening times are 1pm to 5pm on the Friday, 10am to 5pm Saturday and Monday, 11am to 4pm Sunday.

There is no selection committee, so members choose which of their own framed and unframed paintings to exhibit.

The club is open to people of all abilities and painting styles. The common interest is a love of drawing and painting and the atmosphere is friendly.

Members meet on Tuesday evenings, 7.15pm to 9.15pm, and Thursday afternoons, 2pm to 4pm.

The varied programme includes workshops by club members, life drawing and demonstrations by professional artists.

There is also a library of art books, magazines and videos for members to borrow.

Annual membership is £40 and the membership card gives people reductions on art materials from local stationers.

Visit Adur Art Club’s website at aartc.webs.com for more details.