THORNBURY Art Club is ending its most important exhibition of the year this weekend.

The summer event - which is free to attend - showcases work from more than 50 artists who use a range of materials and styles.

Over 150 framed paintings and almost 100 unframed paintings are on display at the Thornbury Methodist Church hall.

“There is a huge variety of work because of the number of artists exhibiting, each with their own approach to painting,” said Mary Drown, Thornbury Art Club chairperson.

“The work by the Stroke Group is particularly interesting and inspiring because their members have either returned to painting or started painting after having had a stroke.

“Most paintings are for sale.

“We want this event to inspire others to pick up a paintbrush and have a go.

“Painting is enjoyable, absorbing, challenging and sometimes frustrating.

"It is basically making marks of some sort on a surface of some sort - it can be as simple or as complex as you want to make it.

”Painting is a wonderful hobby - it is also very therapeutic and a great escape from stress.

“During the exhibition we encourage visitors to vote for their favourite painting.

"This could be one that appeals to them the most or one they would like to hang on their wall.

“The winning artist will receive a voucher to spend on art materials.

"Stewards at the exhibition will be only too willing to give any advice or information."

The exhibition runs until Sunday.

It is open between 10am and 6pm every day – except on a Sunday when it is open between 2 and 4pm.

The hall is located just off the High Street.

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