Last Thursday evening saw the official opening of the society’s 70th Annual Exhibition.

 We were very fortunate to have local born, international artist, Andrew Tift open the exhibition.


In 2006 Andrew won first prize in the BP Portrait Award for his portrait of Kitty Godley, the first wife of artist Lucien Freud.

This work is now in the collection at The New Art Gallery, Walsall.



It was quite possibly the best attended private viewing any of us can remember. The gallery was full of visitors for the whole two hours of the viewing.

Refreshments were provided throughout the evening by the gallery and member Hilary Skidmore who baked a celebratory cake especially for the evening.











Many compliments were paid by visitors about the standard and variety of works exhibited.

The Society thanks the staff of The New Art Gallery  for the time and effort spent hanging and displaying the 150 works.







The exhibition, in the ground floor gallery, is open until the 5th January 2020.

If you visit please leave a comment in the book and also vote for the work you like the most.

There will be members of the society painting/drawing in the gallery each Saturday whilst the exhibition is open.