Painting a beautiful picture of our town

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THEY’VE been showing Yorkshire really is an oil painting for over 100 years - and today they take centre stage in Doncaster.

A legion of 27 artists from Doncaster Art Club have taken over a section of Doncaster Museum and Art gallery to show the public the quality of work which is being produced by a selection of keen amateurs from all across the borough.

Group chairman Mike Shaw reckons his home county is just great for painting.

He said: “Our exhibition certainly has paintings of the Yorkshire landscape, but it also has scenes from places like Cornwall and the Mediterranean too.

“The great thing about Yorkshire for a painter is there are plenty of subjects here.

“We do meet as a club to paint outside around Doncaster, at places like Lord Scarborough’s Sandbeck Hall estate, with his permission of course. There are a number of pictures painted there in our exhibition this year. There some beautiful landscapes in and around Doncaster.”

In all, there are 140 paintings on show at the museum this week, with painters allowed to contribute up to nine each.

The show is the biggest exhibition of the year for the club and its members, and the members are hoping the public will turn out in force to see their work.

Mike’s paintings will be among them.

The retired civil servant from Bessacarr has lived in Doncaster for 33 years, and says the group is keen to recruit more young painters since most of the members are middle aged.

Almost all are amateurs, who have held jobs down while doing their work.

The one exception is professional David Curtis, from Misson, the club’s president, who is well known for his landscapes and townscapes. The club has been running since 1897 and members were instrumental in pressing for a museum and art gallery in Doncaster more than a century ago.

Fans of the exhibition include Cynthia Ransome, Doncaster Council’s cabinet member for communities.

She said: “I would encourage anyone in Doncaster to come along and support this exhibition celebrating local creative talent to be proud of.” Doncaster Art Club’s annual exhibition at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery runs until September 17 2011. Anyone interested in joining the club can call 01302 536815 or 886992.