Society’s off the wall painting exhibition

Scarborough Art Society Art exhibition 'Some of the exhibiting artists,from left,Vickie Harrison-Sewell,Sharon Davies-Hunt and Rosemary Crolzat.'Picture by Neil Silk  123205a'06/08/12
Scarborough Art Society Art exhibition 'Some of the exhibiting artists,from left,Vickie Harrison-Sewell,Sharon Davies-Hunt and Rosemary Crolzat.'Picture by Neil Silk 123205a'06/08/12
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Sunrises, sunsets, boats battling storms and donkeys’ dinner time – some of the subjects of the annual art exhibition at the Sunken Gardens.

The paintings are the work of members of Scarborough Art Society and come in all mediums.

Watercolours, acrylic, oils and textile are represented in the exhibits by the 36 artists taking part in the annual display at the top of St Nicholas Cliff.

“The exhibition has been going very steadily this year,” said society president Bill Blake.

Takings are between £200 and £500 a day – the society takes a percentage towards costs of setting up the display and for its events during the year.

“We have had lots of favourable comments – and sales show how popular the works are,” said Mr Blake.

The open-air sale started in 1959 when Scarborough Council asked the society to stage an event to co-incide with the Dutch Festival at the Grand Hotel. It became a twice-yearly event but is now held for three weeks in the summer.

Each member of the society can display up to four paintings – and replace any that are sold.

There is a weekly raffle of a donated painting which, said Mr Blake, is always popular.

“It is not the busiest part of town but words gets round and there are people who look forward to the event every year and know that it is coming up,” he said.

There are many highlights of this year’s display, which runs until Monday August 27.

They include a pastel Sunrise Over the Castle by Mary Hodgetts and acrylics – Donkey Dinner and South Bay – by Thelma Raabe.

Stan Scott has found inspiration in Robin Hood’s Bay, Riy Buckley in the town’s fishing tradition and Elaine Hall has also painted the donkeys on the beach.

Scarborough Arts Society was formed in 1937 from a sketching club which had been going since 1929.

Members meet on the first Wednesday of every month at Queen Street Methodist Hall from 7pm.

At its next meeting on September 5 there will be a demonstration by Scarborough artist Don Micklethwaite.

“Anyone is welcome to come along. We are a friendly, creative bunch who support each other,” said Mr Blake.

The society also stages an exhibition every two yers at Scarborough Art Gallery.

The next one runs from January 19 to February 24. It is a joint exhibition with students from Yorkshire Coast and Scarborough Sixth Form colleges.