Artists’ party is a festive sell-out

ART PARTY: Dot Tilbury takes guests on a journey through the Sound of Music at the IoM Art Society Christmas party

ART PARTY: Dot Tilbury takes guests on a journey through the Sound of Music at the IoM Art Society Christmas party

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THERE has been more success for the Isle of Man Art Society this month as its Christmas party was another sell out.

The society endeavours to support and encourage artists in the island, and each year it holds a Christmas party for all of its members.

Membership secretary Celia Marshall said: ‘The Christmas party is aimed at fostering friendships between the artists from the different sections of the society.’

Throughout the evening there were many sources of entertainment. Dot Tilbury took the audience through an entertaining take on The Sound of Music.

And the fancy dress competition saw the winning Christmas tree costume worn by Roy sporting a very fetching fairy on his head. Two Wise Men, Cathy and Bob were awarded second place.

The Art Society was founded with just 28 members in 1953. Nearly 60 years later they have 350 members and regularly hold special events alongside weekly workshops, life drawing sessions and silent auctions.

The non-profit making society meets Monday to Friday, either day or night where the members’ creativity strives through many mediums including oil, acrylic, water colour, and pastel collage.

Celia added: ‘It aims to support and encourage local artists, both those with experience, and those who have never painted before at all.’

The secretary also pointed out that each member was entitled to show their pieces in their annual Easter Exhibition which is held in the Villa Marina.

Last year the society saw the exhibition show almost 400 paintings from nearly 80 artists; each year it is always an eagerly anticipated event.

Celia invited all ambitious artists to become a member: ‘Even if you have never painted before, you will be sure to receive a welcome.’

People of all ages are also welcome to join the group.

Anyone who is interested in finding out more, or joining the society should contact Celia Marshall on 663772 or email her on celia@manx.net

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