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This season:


COME OUTSIDE’ Art Exhibition

Private View on 7th September 5-7pm
Throughout the summer members of The Chandos Society of Artists have been out and about Somerset preparing work for their September exhibition.
They are displaying their work in Bridgwater Arts Centre from 4th to 28th September. Their exhibition ‘COME OUTSIDE’ is a collection of works inspired by their summer en plein air work which is inspired by visits to Noah’s Ark Zoo, Durlieigh Sailing Club Regatta and the City of Wells.
The entires will be critiqued by highly acclaimed local artist Janet Lawrence. She will be given the unenviable task of choosing the ‘Best in Exhibition’. The chosen artist will be presented with The John Alan Award,  a cash sum given in memory of the society’s late president.
The presentation takes place at the Private View on 7th September (5-7pm) when guests can meet the members and view the many pieces of work while enjoying some wine and nibbles.
Janet Lawrence
Janet returned to painting after years of running her own design studios. Originally trained at Harrow Art College following which she entered the commercial world as an illustrator and designer. Her commercial career culminated in being adopted as a design consultant at the dti working through the Design Council. Her private work is experimental, developing new techniques and styles using mixed media, She still undertakes commissions for watercolour portraiture, animal studies and landscapes using her own loose style of water colour painting developed over her professional career.
The Chandos Society of Artists was founded in 1961 and is based in the town of Bridgwater in Somerset. Jean Rees RWA, who was the co-founder of Bridgwater Arts Centre in 1946, was also a founder member of the Chandos Society of Artists and later became its Chairman.
It encourages the practice and appreciation of the visual arts through its programme of exhibitions, lectures and other events.
Work by members of the Society covers the whole spectrum of styles and subjects which includes painting, sculpture and ceramics. New members are always welcome.