Who would have thought a society founded to help wounded First World War soldiers would still be on the go?
The new chairman of Spalding Arts & Crafts Society, Mo Teeuw, says it was surgeons at the old Johnson Hospital in the town who came up with the idea.
“And the society continues to thrive,” says Mo, a professional artist with studios in her home at Moulton and in Norfolk, and who exhibits in a number of galleries. This year, that includes the Mall Gallery in London with the Society of Women Artists.
Mo’s artistic career has flourished since she gave up teaching at the Priory School.
For about 15 years she ran adult education watercolour painting classes and then residential art courses.
Mo now runs painting holidays in France, and plans to include Morocco following a visit earlier this year.
In recent years she has painted more and more independently and her work has evolved to using both watercolours and oils. She is also a professional associate for the Society of All Artists, for whom she undertakes demonstrations.
Mo believes artists need to paint regularly and to work collaboratively sometimes to keep improving. In that spirit, she took part in an online international challenge in January to produce a painting a day for a month, putting the results on a blog each day.
Painting communally is something Mo is encouraging among Arts & Crafts Society members, with regular Paint Outs. Two have already taken place – at Surfleet and Moulton. The next one is on Wednesday, August 20, meeting at Moulton Mill at 10am and anyone is welcome to join in – members and non-members.
Mo said: “It’s artists coming together and painting at a set location, enjoying each others’ company. We stop for lunch in the garden and have a lovely chit-chat about art.”
The society – which has grown to a membership of 154 people – also has speaker meetings on the first Tuesday of every month. The next one is on August 5 when David Woolas is giving a demonstration in oil pastels at Pinchbeck Village Hall (7.30-9.30pm). The cost is £2.50 for members and £4.50 for non-members, including a hot drink.
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