Honiton Art Society celebrates 50th anniversary

PUBLISHED: 10:09 04 September 2014 | UPDATED: 10:09 04 September 2014

Seamus Coleman, Director of Honiton Bay Associates, presents Barrie Raby, chairman of Honiton Art Society, with a painting for their forthcoming 50th anniversary exhibition. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhh 1300-33-14AW

Seamus Coleman, Director of Honiton Bay Associates, presents Barrie Raby, chairman of Honiton Art Society, with a painting for their forthcoming 50th anniversary exhibition. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhh 1300-33-14AW

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The society’s 50th Anniversary Exhibition will be running until September 13 at the Mackarness Hall.

Honiton Art Society is celebrating a significant milestone - its 50th anniversary.

The idea to form the society came about during a Christmas drinks party in 1963 with the inaugural meeting being held the following year. And by the end of that year membership was about 30.

Founder member Paul Redvers still plays an active role in the Honiton Art Society, having run Saturday painting days for many years.

The society’s first exhibition in 1965 was held in the Mackarness Hall and had about 70 works on show. It continued to go from strength to strength and by the 1980s membership had reached about 150, with a record two hundred exhibits in its 1988 exhibition, with 97 sales.

Still thriving today, the society has over 100 members.

To mark the occasion, it will be holding a 50th Anniversary Exhibition at the Mackarness Hall, running until Saturday, September 13, 10.30am to 4.30pm. On the final day it will end at 1.30pm.

There will be selection of paintings for sale and a competition for members with paintings inspired by the theme ‘50 years ago’.

The exhibition judge will be professional artist and tutor Peter Goodhall.

Admission to the exhibition is £1 for adults and is free for children.


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