Where the art is

Kirkcaldy Art Club'Wednesday painting class 2010
Kirkcaldy Art Club'Wednesday painting class 2010

AS Kirkcaldy Art Club’s new session gets into full swing, it seems the pages of the Fife Free Press played its part in the formation of the club, which marked its 50th anniversary this year.

Back on September 23, 1961, Miss Dorothy Ross wrote in the ‘Readers’ Opinions’ section of the Press asking ‘why no art club?’.

She wrote: “In the new town of Glenrothes there is a flourishing art club. Surely Kirkcaldy could produce enough interested artists to start a club here, especially as we have in our midst such a fine art gallery and museum.”

Her initial letter sparked correspondence from like-minded individuals supporting the idea of the creation of a Kirkcaldy group the following week.

And on October 7, 1961 an advert appeared in the Press for a public meeting which was to be held in the Museum Lecture Hall for ‘all interested in forming an art club in Kirkcaldy’ on October 10.

It was at this meeting, attended by 50 enthusiasts, that the town’s own art club was formed.

Strength to strength

Since then the club has gone from strength to strength, celebrating its first 50 years with an exhibition in Kirkcaldy art gallery in February this year.

Sheila Mooney, from the art club, told the Press: “After Miss Ross’ piece appeared in the paper there was a meeting and a lot of interest was raised. I think you could say the club’s never looked back since.”

Now five decades on, the club has more than 100 members already signed up for the next year, with more likely to enrol shortly.

The club welcomes anyone over 18 who is interested in art, improving their artistic abilities, and developing ideas with others.

The new session of painting and pottery classes at the Dysart studios has begun, with places on the classes filling up fast.

For full programme details and more information about the art club visit www.kirkcaldyartclub.org.uk.