Ilford Art Society
No matter how many art societies we visit, I’m always touched by the warm welcomes I receive when I arrive with our catalogues, ready to present prize vouchers to our winners. The evening I met Ilford art society was no exception, they were a lovely, friendly group hosted by chairman Valma Cheffins and her husband Frank.
Life drawing was the agenda for the evening, with everyone already working away to capture the model in their own style. The selection of work was incredibly varied and of a very high standard and it’s always fascinating watching a piece of work coming to life in front of your eyes.
Ilford Art Society has a long history, being founded in 1925, and is highly respected within the local art community. The members range from beginners to experienced artists and they maintain a regular series of exhibitions during the year, where members can exhibit and sell their work, with venues that vary from libraries to street displays along the railings of Wanstead High Street.
The atmosphere of the meetings themselves is informal and group are very social. They hold weekly classes on Wednesdays evenings with the beneﬁt of an experienced tutor to o‘ er suggestions and advice without pressure. Their current tutor is Mark Charalambou, who has been with the society for over 25 years.
As well as demonstrations, the society also offers life drawing from costume and life models during the year, an important practise for the keen artist. During these sessions members can work from the model using any media or style they wish or work on their own projects in the company of their artist friends with tea and biscuits on hand.
The society currently has just over 40 members, but they are always pleased to welcome new additions. If you would like to join the Ilford Art Society family please visit their website for more information at www.ilfordartsociety.co.uk. You can also view galleries of members’ work, purchase artwork and contact them about commissions.