Plymouth Society of Artists show brings home-grown talent to Artmill Gallery
HOME talent features in the latest exhibition at a city gallery.
Plymouth Society of Artists members' show brings a wide variety of work to the Artmill Gallery.
This time there are four new members exhibiting: Jenny Beavan, Tessa Clarke, Karen Lorenz and Stuart Thorn.
Another one, Alan Bourne, won the Lionel Aggett Prize awarded by the South West Academy.
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The society was formed by teachers at what is now Plymouth College of Art and Design in 1944.
Today there are 43 members, most of them professional artists, including painters, printmakers and sculptors, who join by invitation.
Members come from across the South West and include two who live in London and one in France.
"The range of styles tends towards the abstract," says chairman Colin George.
"There is something for everybody to love – or hate.
"It's not only that we look for artists who do work that is good when we consider people for membership.
"We look for somebody who has an important, original 'voice'."
The society plans to bring back a South West open show as a two-yearly event at the City Museum and Art Gallery.
Expect competition to be fierce. Even at the members show some are disappointed.
"All our shows are 'selected' and no-one's work is guaranteed acceptance," says Colin.
"At a recent show three members had all their submissions rejected and one of my paintings was also thrown out – this, of course merely served to prove to me that the selection committee are not infallible!"
The Artmill is in Mutley. The members' exhibition begins tomorrow and continues until March 2.