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Painting for Pleasure



A group of Hethersett artists who paint for the joy of it will be holding their first full exhibition in November. 

The Painting for Pleasure group began in January 2006 and was the brainchild of Linda Goldspink (pictured above). 

“I started the group simply to give people with a similar hobby the chance to sit and paint together. Anyone can attend, whether a complete beginner or those who have been painting for years,” Linda explained. 

“I spend my time walking around the room during the two hours, offering help where needed, but there is no pressure put on any of the artists to keep up. Some weeks I will take along items for still life and other weeks we work with photographs,” Linda said. 

Most of the group work in watercolour, but some also use acrylics or pastels. Friendship also plays a large part in the success of the group. 

“I encourage chatter while working, which some people may think strange, but if you are going to work in silence you may as well sit at home to paint. Everyone has built up a good friendship and enjoy seeing each other’s pictures in the break when we have posh drinks like cappuccino and chocolate biscuits,” Linda joked. 

The group’s first full exhibition will be held in Hethersett Village Hall from 10.30 a.m to 4 p.m on Sunday, November 18th. Entry is free and the event will also feature live classical and jazz café style music from the trio Pizzicatos. Some members and friends will also display other hobbies and sell items suitable for Christmas presents. Refreshments including home made cakes and lunches including soup and Ploughmans will be on sale with profits going to the St Remigius Parish Church Development and Restoration Appeal. Some of the paintings will also be available for sale in aid of CHUDURA. 

The Painting for Pleasure group meets on Wednesdays in the village hall throughout the year. 

“We already number 30, but we might be able to squeeze a few more in,” Linda said. For more information she can be contacted on 01603 810503.