The annual open air exhibition was recently held at St Annes town centre and Lytham St Annes Art Society members did not disappoint as they showed up in numbers to put their works on display. From visitors to shoppers, there were plenty of interested individuals who showed up to see the kinds of artworks that were on display. A committee member of the Lytham St Annes Art Society, Robin Theobald termed the weekend a success and the excellent weather conditions definitely had a role to play in all that.
This particular event has been quite important to the society and has always been on their calendar according to Theobald who also stated that the day wasn’t just a chance for members of the public to buy art from the local artists but was also a great opportunity to create more awareness about the society, its members and the work that they do. He concluded by thanking all the people who attended the event.
There will be an outdoor show in Lytham that has been scheduled for the first weekend in August i.e. 5th and 6th but in the meantime, those who are interested in seeing the work of the society members can visit the society’s studio, located in Haven Road, from the 1st to 22nd July where they will be staging their summer exhibition.
The Lytham St. Annes Art Society has a long history, having been established in 1912. In the early days, the society’s main purpose was to create more interest in all forms of applied and pictorial art. The members did this by meeting so they could sketch from nature, paint, discuss and critique. The members would also hold an exhibition every year. However, the number of exhibitions have now been increased to five every year and has now been offered the Fylde Art Gallery to use for their purposes.
The society currently has close to 400 members. Many of these members live in the South Fylde Coast or nearby locations and usually people who are interested in arts and crafts. The society now has a specially designed studio which is used for various purposes including exhibitions, workshops, visits, social events and lectures. Most of the work needed is done by volunteers and the society is also a registered charity. The society’s studio, the centre of operations, is located on Haven Road opposite Booth’s supermarket.