GI art group celebrates 40 years

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Coming together . . . Past and present members of the Green Island Art Group, as well as friends and family, come together for the group's 40th anniversary celebrations on Tuesday. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

A large and chatty gathering of past and present members, friends and family, came together this week to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Green Island Art Group.

More than 50 people took part in the reunion, celebration, and book launch event, held on Tuesday at the Janet Cameron Hall in Green Island.

Along with celebrating the group’s history, the gathering was also an opportunity to launch the book The History of the Green Island Art Group: 40 years, 1978 – 2018, researched and compiled by immediate past secretary Mona Cromb.

The hall has been the regular meeting place for the art group, which was officially founded in 1978, for many years.

With a membership of 47 keen painters, the Green Island Art Group meets each Tuesday morning to paint together, share ideas and socialise.

Group president Lindsay Aitchison, a relatively recent member, said the club was a “great group of people”.

“I have found that they are always bright, chirpy, social and friendly, and always willing to help, assist, advise, and constructively criticise each other’s work,” Mr Aitchison said.

Tutors are brought in from time to time to help group members develop their technique, and exhibitions are held each year.

For more information about the Green Island Art Group, contact Mona Cromb, phone 488-1465, or email macbac@xtra.co.nz