Painters hanging out for the love of art

Blackpool Art Society are having an exhibition at the Solaris Centre.  Pictured is president Susan Pugh.
Blackpool Art Society are having an exhibition at the Solaris Centre. Pictured is president Susan Pugh.
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The Blackpool Art Society has opened an exhibition within The Solaris Centre to showcase the talents of local artists.

The exhibition at the South Shore venue, featuring dozens of pieces of artwork, will run until May 31.

Susan Pugh, president of the society, which is run by a committee of unpaid volunteers, said: “All members of the society entered their work and a hanging committee chose the paintings, displaying the members’ work and their love of art.”

The group began in 1884 as the Blackpool Sketching Society, and the members are proud.

The exhibition is one of a number of displays the society is running this year, with others at The Fylde Gallery in August, Blackpool and The Fylde College in October and one currently in Clifton Hospital until July 20.

The members range from leisure painters to professionals.

Mrs Pugh added: “New members are always welcome and join all the time, we currently have around 200 to 250 members.

“I am very proud of the standard of work, and proud of all the artists involved.

“I hope visitors and locals alike come down and support the exhibition, and local artists.”

The exhibition is open from 10am until 4pm daily.