The Spring Painting Exhibition, which ran from the 21st to the 23rd at Cliffs Pavilion, displayed a record number of 344 total paintings. Though the non-profit exhibition was free admission, there featured postcards and paintings on sale in support of Havens Hospices and were also welcoming donations.

The paintings and creations truly showcased the superb talent of Southend’s local artists in the Southend Art Club. There were some amazing paintings of Southend seaside, which depicted the ambiance, textures and movements of the seafront so accurately. I also personally enjoyed the fantastic animal paintings and pastels on show, with fur that looked so realistically fluffy you could almost reach out and stroke it. But I wouldn’t recommend actually doing that, of course.

First established in 1929, Southend Art Club is by far the largest art club in Southend-on-Sea and its surrounding local areas, with an active membership exceeding 250 members and an increasing number of new members joining. They meet up monthly to paint, outdoors in the Summer time, and have regular lunches and dinners.

The Spring Painting Exhibition was opened by Sir Teddy Taylor on Thursday evening who also gave a small speech, with his usual wit and charm, and presented the trophies to the winners of each category.

Congratulations to (featured in the photograph below, holding their winning creations):

  • Alan Hunter for best drawing
  • Norman Ventris for best watercolour
  • Joan McCluskey for best newcomer
  • Joe Morris for best painting
And also to (who were not there on the evening):
  • Anita Pickles for best oil
  • Andrea Sinclair for best acrylic

Southend Art Club

The above photograph of the winning artists was taken by Ian James.