Gallery exhibition in Great Yarmouth chronicles art society talent across 90 years
- Credit: Nick Butcher
Art fans can view some rarely seen gems as part of a distinguished society’s 90th anniversary celebrations.
For among some 70 works hanging in Great Yarmouth library galleries are around 34 from its permanent collection.
The paintings have either been in storage or on public loan and have been gathered together for the first time to mark the milestone.
Great Yarmouth and District Society of Artists has a reputation for excellence, admitting only the best and boasting some famous names among its artist alumni.
As well as publishing a book tracing its history members have also embarked on an ambitious exhibition.
Society president Margaret Carver said it was only going to be a book launch at first.
The effort involved in re-grouping the paintings and hanging them seemed beyond the capabilities of the small group of older folk, she said, but in the end they decided to go ahead.
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The result is 74 pieces tracing the range of talent across the decades.
Mrs Carver said ten of the 11 remaining members were exhibiting around four pieces each, some of which were for sale.
“I think it is absolutely brilliant,” she said.
“That ten members can put this on is amazing. And I am so proud of the permanent collection.
“To achieve it without any funding at all is really something that we have got to be proud of.
“They have mostly been bought on merit although a few have been bequeathed.”
The process of amassing a permanent collection for the town began in 1982, but it remains homeless.
Mrs Carver said subscriptions were now being used to pay for storage rather than adding to the collection, some of which were bought for next to nothing but were now quite valuable.
Meanwhile the collection is available to hire as long as it is insured and safe.
A private view for patrons is on Wednesday evening when the mayor of Great Yarmouth, Kerry Robinson-Payne, will attend.
The exhibition will be open to the public from Thursday to Saturday.
Mrs Carver will be on hand to answer any questions. The exhibition, although a celebration, was tinged with sadness, she added because of those that had died.