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Art Stand Group

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Having retired, moved away from Cambridgeshire and into Whatstandwell last year. You’d think that would be enough to keep anyone busy.

However, my wife and I are keen artists and had decided that we should throw ourselves headfirst into getting involved with the local community, its groups and events.

Not wanting to travel far, we researched local art groups, but found that the only local watercolour group had sadly shutdown.

What to do now? My wife said I should be proactive. So I used community websites to get the word out that I was interested in forming a brand new art group.

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‘Mr Green with Baby Green’ Philip Cox 1990. Photograph Warwick Baggaley.

We are pleased to announce we had a great response. The Art Stand Group was formed after an initial meeting before Christmas. Currently, we have six local artists/artisans meeting once a month to socialise, discuss art, plan exhibitions and visits, do workshops and generally have fun.

The group aims to be all inclusive and provide a stimulating, encouraging, non- judgemental environment where people can explore the many art possibilities and cover a wide range of media, while developing our own skills and knowledge.

Some members are new to art, others have been doing it for years; we also have some who work professionally. We have painters, leather workers, textile artists, weavers, muralists, and someone who makes wonderful full size figures from Papier Mache.

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‘Gt. Longstone Dale’ David Hunns 2017 Watercolour

As a group we are keen to get involved in local community events and work towards developing the Arts in the Parish. We hope to cater for the Whatstandwell, Crich, Fritchley and smaller local hamlets below Crich Stand.

People will be able to meet us at our first event which will be Whatstandwell Open Gardens, where we will be exhibiting work in some of the beautiful gardens on the afternoon of Sunday July 14 th 2019.

It is a great time to join our new venture as we are still exploring exciting possibilities. If all this sound interesting, then why not contact us and have a chat. We are not focusing on developing one particular form of media, both 2 and 3 dimensional work are of interest to us. We would also like to move into working with other groups to provide one off creative experiences within the local community.

For more information, contact David Hunns: 07835 886595

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