The best of both worlds

)'Eye for art&Councillor Hargreaves with Jack Williams, a member of  both art clubs.

)'Eye for art&Councillor Hargreaves with Jack Williams, a member of both art clubs.

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WHEN two of St Helens’ most known artistic groups came together, it was always going to produce spectacular results.

The Art Club St Helens and The Thursday Art Group joined forced to create a joint annual show.

And the outcome was enough to thrill St Helens mayor Tom Hargreaves, who was one of the first to see the exhibition.

Art Club St Helens members spend two thirds of the year working in the Community Room at the Gamble Building, practicing and developing their skills through exercises in painting still life, portraits and life drawing.

During the summer months, the club works outside and sketch directly from their surroundings. It’s these exercises, combined with personal development, that generate the finished artworks for the annual showcase.

The Thursday Art Group consists of a group of local artists who have been meeting for a number of years to exchange views and ideas and to share their common interest in art and its production.

Meeting regularly at the Citadel Arts Centre on Thursday mornings, or in the Community Room in the Gamble Building on Thursday evenings, both groups work in a range of media and come together each year for an annual exhibition.

Rainford High Technology College is also exhibiting selected works in the large gallery cabinet.

Each year the person who officially opens the exhibition selects their favourite artwork to receive the Marjorie Clark Award. This year the Mayor selected Harry Campbell’s artwork, Chris, as his favourite work.