Jules Roberts' winning entry, 'Bombus'

Another of Vivien Green's pieces, of her collie 'Teddy'

to gain knowledge and techniques from more experienced members. The use of art materials is very eclectic, with a mix of watercolour, oil, acrylic, pastels, charcoal, pen, ink and even embroidery.

Members of the club are free to bring whatever materials they wish, although there are some society paints available for people to try before they purchase their own. The Society is a member of the SAA, known as the “world’s largest art community”, which allows members to access discounted art supplies.

Along with this there are several workshops held on Saturdays and demonstrations held on Tuesdays over the year. These are very affordable and a great opportunity for the members. Artists who have tutored in demonstrations and workshops in the past include Rob Savin, Colin Brown, Fiona Forbes, Graham Cox, Sue Rubira, Jake Winkle, Fiona Pert and Peter French.

Some of the paintings produced within the Society are displayed in the Community Centre, the Athenaeum and The Hub all year round. However, every year the Society also holds two exhibitions, one in May and one in November, where the art can be viewed and purchased.

Every other year the May exhibition is part of the Wylye Valley Art Trail. In 2019 the spring exhibition

The Alfred Lilley trophy given to winners of the People's Choice

Shearwater, Lacock and a member’s house. In the past, members have also gone on coach trips to places such as Mottisfont House. The members will look forward to more “en plein air” sessions in 2020 as well as their two annual social events- summer and Christmas meals held in local venues.

The Society's 2018 'Arty Christmas Tree' in the Minster Church

attracted more than 500 visitors, who purchased 25 of the 118 works on show. There were also 143 cards sold. The People’s Choice award went to Vivien Green with her painting of a springer spaniel. The 2019 Autumn exhibition saw a record number of entries from the society’s members- 95 framed pictures, 35 in the browsers and 346 cards. The People’s Choice winner was Jules Roberts with her drawing of bumble bees named ‘Bombus’.

As well as the exhibitions, the club holds “en plein air” painting sessions in summer where the artists travel to easily accessible local areas to paint outside. Over 2019 there were three of these meetings, at

Maggie Detmar of the club commented: “We are a very welcoming, relaxed and friendly group. We do not have any selection process, for the group or exhibitions. It is run by members for members and there is always someone to help and give support. Come and visit us one Tuesday afternoon and see what you think- we welcome anyone who is interested in Art, even if you have never drawn or painted before.”

If you are interested in joining the club, there is an annual membership fee of £15. Members attend weekly sessions every Tuesday at 2-4.30pm at the Community Centre at the Lake Pleasure Grounds in Warminster. The club asks for an extra contribution of just £2 for these sessions to cover hall rental and refreshments. Get in touch with the club by visiting their website at contact-us.

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