Over 200 people turned out last week for the preview evening of Antrim Art Club’s Exhibition at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall.
Artists, guests, tutors and demo artists joined together in the sunshine for a wonderful evening of art and music.
The guests were greeted by the Mayor of Antrim Councillor Brian Graham, Mayor of Newtownabbey Councillor Thomas Hogg, Club President Rosemary Holland and Vice President John Taylor.
After the guests had time to browse the paintings. the Cllr. Graham spoke about the work the Club did in the Community to promote art and also of his long association and interest he took in the Club which he hoped to continue; he thanked President Rosemary for her voluntary work and mentioned she had received the Community Volunteering Excellence Award in the past, he then formally opened the exhibition.
Cllr. Hogg then congratulated the Club on their show of paintings and wished us well.
The artists were delighed to receive such praise from the two charming Mayors.
A number of apologies had been received from William McCrea MP, Danny Kinahan MLA, Theresa Murray Castle Mall Antrim, Doreen Kirkwood Carrick Art Club and Roger Waring Artist who gave the club a painting for the evening as a fundraiser.
The guest speaker for the evening was Colin Corkey Professional Artist and very fine Still Life Artist.
Colin gave an excellent talk on one of his paintings and commented on how he had always been influenced by Rembrandt.
The club was delighted to have the very talented young harpist Susan Grace Bates who spoke about her musical career so far and then played two pieces on the Irish Harp which delighted everyone.
The winner of the beautiful watercolour painting by Roger Waring was Philp Gaff and this was presented by to him by AAC Artist Lesley Sharp.
Vice President John Tayor thanked the Mayors of Antrim and Newtownabbey and gave them a gift and AAC Artist Mary Nelson presented Colin Corkey with a gift and AAC Artist Lesley Sharp thanked harpist Susan Grace Bates for playing and gave her a gift.
AAC Artist Stclair Beatty kindly thanked President Rosemary Holland for all she did for the Club and AAC Floral Artist Eileen Lagan presented Rosemary with a very large bunch of beautiful flowers.
Rosemary commented: “We had such a good evening and are so pleased to continue to promote art in the community in 63 years at AAC and to bring together artists and people who just like to look at paintings and enjoy the whole experience.”