And below, the festive food, then members discussing answers to the quiz and the fiendish quiz masters revealing the answers. We also played pictionary in teams, which got very competitive!
Lesley talked about the founding of the guild and handed over to June, our one remaining founding member, who had put together this reminiscence of EAG's beginnings.
'40 years ago I joined a small group of painters (adult) class at the Eye Youth Club building opposite the Guildhall. We had a small exhibition at the Guildhall, not a house then, but offices, which led to five of us enthusiasts to form our own Art Club. We advertised to see if anyone else would be interested and we rented a room for the evening at the 4 Horseshoes in Eye. Several people turned up and so we formed a committee, with Ruth Shuttleworth as chairman, and 4 other members, Betty Thomson, Sylvia Parton, Thelma Hodgins and me. Two of those were also members of the Bury Art Group, so we had access to their constitution, which we copied and still use today. It was decided to call ourselves Eye Arts Guild, because of our first exhibition held at the Guildhall. We also had a demonstration that evening by Pauline (whose surname I don’t recall), a local artist, printing on scrunched tissue paper.
From then on during the summer we would meet on Thursday evening at a member’s house to show our day’s work. Then winter came and our meeting place was Stoke Ash Village Hall. Our very first demonstration was how to paint a still life in oils, by Dorothy Swanton.
The membership grew and became popular. After Stoke Ash Village Hall we have had to move to bigger venues, so may we continue to meet, paint and enjoy the pleasure of painting and make great masterpieces!'
Mine [Hannah] is a little animation made of 40 cells, the eye growing older as it goes along.
Get your thinking caps on.
The next meeting is on 5th January, and will be organised by Ian C. See you there!
And I will be blogging again then, so send me your contributions.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.