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Browse works by location, where the subject or artist has a connection with the area in and around Newquay.
Newquay Society of Artists was founded in 1950, at a time when Newquay was a small and quite select seaside resort catering mainly to families who came to enjoy sand and sea. Aside from buckets and spades of a fifties seaside holiday, visitors enjoyed evenings at Newquay's three cinemas or a live show performed at the Cosy Nook Theatre and many bought paintings at the Summer Exhibitions of the newly formed Society, which offered work by local enthusiasts. Loyal visitors came year after year and paintings of Newquay's sands and seas decorated the walls of countless northern homes.
Over the years, various locations have been used for exhibitions:The Old Chapel in Central Square, Trenance Cottages, various hotels, then Claremont Methodist Church Hall and latterly the Women's Institute Hall. Recently the Society has been able to establish a new tradition by mounting the Summer Exhibition at Trerice Manor, a National Trust property near Newquay, where it has proved very popular.
The Society has also been offered the opportunity in recent years to take part in the annual September Fish Festival at Newquay Harbour, almost from its inception a decade ago.
From earliest days the Society has been keen to encourage local artists of all abilities and to provide a forum for mutual interests. Fortnightly meetings, demonstrations, tutors and events have spurred both past and present members to develop their skills. Many well-know local artists started their careers as members of the Society,
Names from the past include: Bill Bailey, Nancy Bailey, Richard Bonney, Gwen Diamond, Ted Dyer, John Hawkey, Norman Hall, May Hicks, Arthur Lang, Ben Maile, Pat Nicholson, Ivy Pearce, John Piper, Chris Smith, Alec Wiles.