Runnymede Art Society
GreatArt was welcomed with open arms by the Runnymede Art Society committee and members this summer, and it was wonderful to see such a large number of keen artists come together to enjoy each other’s company while they worked. Many members also made the effort to bring along examples of their paintings and drawings to proudly display the high standard of work they produce and the wide variety of styles.
Originally started in 1965, the Society is an exceptionally social group who meet every Wednesday afternoon at Hythe Community Centre. Each session has an impressive average turnout of 60, although the committee always ensure that they are prepared to accommodate for their full membership of 110 members! They currently have two centurions in the society, Anne Wellil and Prof. Percy Butler, who are still regular attendants of the painting sessions, especially as once you reach 100 years of age the society membership is free!
As well as their regular afternoon sessions, they also hold painting workshops run by a professional as well as 3 hour instructed sessions once a month, outdoor painting during the summer, and two annual exhibitions in the spring and autumn. They also have an outreach group consisting of members who visit and work with Springtime Nursery, the Stroke Club and The Egham Adults, working with individuals with learning difficulties. They also provide a great deal of support to Manor Farm Day Centre, a facility for local elders.
With such a large membership, a great deal of experience is shared between newcomers and longer serving members, which is made possible by the relaxed, friendly environment achieved at their Wednesday painting sessions, where everyone can share techniques and offer support to their fellow artists.
You can read more about the Runnymede Art Society and their activities on their blog at http://runnymedeartsociety.blogspot.co.uk/ where you will also find contact information for membership details.