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Art Club of the Year 2017

From its mid-20th century roots as an antidote to the rise of computers to a truly 21st century art group, Martin Clements shares the history and aims of Cardigan Art Society
Clinch The Artist at the Folie Bar, oil, 32x42in. (81x106cm)

In 1964 Beryl Mason organised an art exhibition as part of a rebellion against the changing world of automation and computers. Her aim was to show that people were above machines and that true artists could evoke an emotional response and interpret their viewpoint through their art. The first exhibition attracted 114 submissions by local artists of which 87 were selected and was opened by Dr Fredrick Konekamp, an internationally known artist.

The exhibition was held in a small room at Squibbs Studio, Cardigan. Dr Konekamp commented that it had more variety than many other exhibitions he had attended, some pictures were amateurish, but all had been done with integrity. The organising group commented that they had not realised that there was so many artists in the surrounding district and how much interest the exhibition had attracted, with 400 people coming to view the pictures. The exhibition was such a success that they decided to form the Cardigan and District Exhibiting Society and to look for larger premises so that sculpture, pottery and other forms of art could be included.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the February issue of Leisure Painter, including our 16-page art holidays and courses guide. Leisure Painter publishes a wide range of inspiring and practical tutorials and projects for the beginner and amateur painter each month, from step-by-step demonstrations from photographs to illustrated techniques, practical tips and ideas for making the most of your favourite hobby, and plenty of inspiration to pick up your brush and try for yourself. This month: how to paint landscapes in different styles using watercolour, acrylics, oils and pastels. There are ideas for portrait painting and 5-minute sketching exercises. If you're new to watercolour painting, you'll need David Webb's step-by-step tutorial on how to stretch paper. There are drawing exercises ( yes, you can learn to draw well!), first steps in abstraction, Japanese ink techniques to paint a frog, and ideas on how to fill your sketchbooks. Have fun with your hobby this month.