Posted by Mary Wells
Mary Wells from Beverley, runs and tutors classes called DAPPAs (Drawing and Painting for Pleasure Artists). There are now two DAPPAs groups of around 10 per class that meet every week on Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons at Walkington Methodist Church Hall.
Their aim is to improve their artistic skills and learn about different methods and media. Most of the class are retired or semi-retired and many haven’t done any art since their school days when they arrive but always had a yearning to have a go. Others are already proficient and come along to get motivated to produce finished pieces of artwork and improve on their skills. Everyone enjoys working alongside like-minded people no matter what skill level they have attained so it’s a very happy atmosphere.
Last year it was decided to hold an exhibition of work produced by DAPPAs within the theme ‘A Journey Through Yorkshire’ in support of Parkinson’s UK as one of the members is a Parkinson’s sufferer. It was very successful and raised almost £ 600 through commissions on sales of artwork, raffle tickets and cakes and refreshments. This year they are holding another exhibition on Saturday September 17th, this time with the theme of ‘The Four Seasons’ and its in support of both Parkinson’s UK and Yorkshire Cancer Research.
Mary Wells will be demonstrating using pastels during the day and members of DAPPAs will be there to talk to visitors and serve cakes and refreshments. As well as wonderful original artwork to see and purchase there will be greeting cards for sale.
We hope there will be a good turn out on the day as it is the culmination of work done throughout the past year and we hope it will become an annual event in Walkington that can’t be missed!
Contact Mary by: email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining the classes.