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.
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.
“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.