Farington Art Group stages its annual show

Chairman Tom Brayshaw with his watercolour of Conway Castle
Chairman Tom Brayshaw with his watercolour of Conway Castle
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Members of the public are being encouraged to chose their favourite peices of work from Farington Art Group’s annual summer exhibition, which is on display at Avant Garden Centre in Wigan Road.

Chairman Tom Brayshaw, 81, from Lostock Hall, said: “There’s a wide variety of work on show, about 60 in total.

“We practise ‘mixed media’, so we do all sorts from oil paintings and water colours, to acrylics, pastels and sketching”

Chairman Tom Brayshaw

“Members of the public can vote on their favourite, and the winner of the Visitors’ Choice award will get a prize. It’s a good way of generating some interest and getting the public involved in what we do.”

Most of the work is for sale, although members sometimes like to keep pieces for themselves, when they’re particularly proud of a painting or drawing, or when it has an element of personal significance to them.

The group has been running for more than 50 years, and members, who range in age from 18 to ‘senior citizens’, enjoy trying their hands at a variety of different types of artwork.

“There’s quite a cross section of interests,” Mr Brayshaw explained. “Some members enjoy doing landscapes and others tend to focus on buildings or flowers.

“We practise ‘mixed media’, so we do all sorts from oil paintings and water colours, to acrylics, pastels and sketching.

“Most people stick at one or two styles, but we have demonstrators who do different things and show us different techniques, which is always interesting for members.

“We once had someone doing work with a ballpoint pen, which was very good.”

“We’ve got 22 members at the moment,” he added. “They come from all over the place, not just Farington. We have members from Hoghton, Tarleton, Leyland and Fulwood, so we cover quite a big area.

“We like welcoming newcomers, and sometimes they don’t know how to hold a pencil or a brush, but we help them out.

“Members are always helping each other out, showing each other how to do certain things.”

Members meet from 7pm until 9pm every Thursday at St Paul’s Church Hall in Church Lane, Farington Moss.