The following notes were produced in connection with our Silver Jubilee in 2006.
Poole Leisure Painters, a group of amateur artists, will celebrate 25 years of providing informal companionship and activities for painters this summer, with a Silver Jubilee Exhibition. The exhibition will be held on Saturday 3rd June at Poole’s Lighthouse Centre for the Arts, the group’s twice-weekly meeting place and the largest arts centre outside London. A Lighthouse spokesman said “Lighthouse has been pleased and honoured to provide a base for Poole Leisure Painters for the past 25 years. It is excellent to see such talent and dedication from within the community and we look forward to their Silver Jubilee exhibition which is sure to be of great interest and of high calibre”.
Poole Leisure Painters group was formed in 1981, with the help of the Daler family, to provide a meeting point for local painters. In the words of Mary Daler “it should be a meeting of like-minded people”. Growth since then has been steady; there are presently some 75 members. The support of Lighthouse, which opened in 1979, has been particularly important and has provided excellent facilities, easily accessible in the centre of the town.
At each meeting, members bring ‘work in progress’ to continue in an art studio environment, without organised tuition or direction. Of course, amongst the banter and chat there is a valuable thread of comment, critique and advice for those who ask for help from fellow members. Whilst the “informal” arrangement is at the heart of its approach, the group also arranges demonstrations and visits to galleries, as well as mounting exhibitions of members’ work. Additionally occasional “view and vote” sessions are held for the members to select from current work. The wonderful setting of Poole Harbour, Brownsea Island and the Purbeck Hills provides a wealth of opportunities for the group’s summer sketching days.
Along with painting, in all media, there is a strong social element to the meetings. Painting is not a silent activity here and new members with all levels of ability and experience are always welcome.
May the next 25 years see further development of this unique and relaxed organisation and let there be no lonely leisure painters in Poole!