Belper Art Group’s 40 years of painting

Members of the Belper Art Group who exhibited work in their 40th anniversary exhibition at the Strutt Centre, they are from left, Doe Scullion, group chairman Teresa Bailey, their treasurer Anne Devenport, Frank Smith, John May, Dianah Dawson and Albert Pickersgill.
Members of the Belper Art Group who exhibited work in their 40th anniversary exhibition at the Strutt Centre, they are from left, Doe Scullion, group chairman Teresa Bailey, their treasurer Anne Devenport, Frank Smith, John May, Dianah Dawson and Albert Pickersgill.

Belper Art Group celebrated its 40th anniversary over the weekend, with its latest annual exhibition and art competition.

The group issued prizes in seven categories, judged by members of other art groups in the region.

Sylvia Owen with some of her work which could be seen at the 40th anniversary exhibition of the Belper Art Group.

Sylvia Owen with some of her work which could be seen at the 40th anniversary exhibition of the Belper Art Group.

Club secretary Andy Meyers won three categories, Maggie Sutton took the special challenge award for her picture based on the word “ruby” and one of the club’s original members, Albert Pickersgill, returned to take the trophy for best oil painting.

Member and ex-chairman Frank Smith said the group started in 1975 when a class of artists met one day for an art lesson.

Frank, an electronics design engineer, added: “But when the lesson was over, the teacher said goodbye.

“That was it, but they all decided they wanted to keep painting together.

Founder members Ken Spencer, left and Albert Pickersgill show off some of their work alongside the history of the club at the 40th anniversary exhibition of the Belper Art Group.

Founder members Ken Spencer, left and Albert Pickersgill show off some of their work alongside the history of the club at the 40th anniversary exhibition of the Belper Art Group.

“There are not many clubs that have lasted this long. We still have records of a lot of our history, and it’s nice to look back at things that were done 20 or 30 years ago.”

The club meets at the Strutt Centre every Thursday, charging £25 a year membership and a £1.50 a weekly subscription.

Albert Pickersgill with one of his winning paintings on show at the Belper Art Group's 40th anniversary exhibition at the Strutt Centre.

Albert Pickersgill with one of his winning paintings on show at the Belper Art Group's 40th anniversary exhibition at the Strutt Centre.

The Belper Art Group's newest member, Doe Scullion positions her paintings in the 40th anniversary exhibition at the Strutt Centre on Saturday.

The Belper Art Group's newest member, Doe Scullion positions her paintings in the 40th anniversary exhibition at the Strutt Centre on Saturday.

Teresa Bailey, the chairman of the Belper Art Group with some of her pictures which make up an exhibition to mark their 40th anniversary.

Teresa Bailey, the chairman of the Belper Art Group with some of her pictures which make up an exhibition to mark their 40th anniversary.