Gathering sees the Port Lincoln Art Group celebrate five decades

Port Lincoln Art Group members past and present recently came together for a lunch at Boston Bay Winery to celebrate 50 years since the formation of the group.

Members met late last month to exchange stories, share the history of the club and view photo albums.

Speakers were allocated a decade to talk about what happened in the group during that 10-year period, while photos of the club's activities were shown and past members were presented with a floral tribute.

The club's committee had done a wonderful job of collecting memorabilia, checking facts and tracking down past members for the celebration.

When the Port Lincoln Art Group started in 1971, it did so with the "aim of sharing with like-minded people in their endeavours to improve their abilities, to support and encourage each other, and to know a painting is never finished".

It is something which remains to this day.

The group has been involved in a number of activities and events in the past five decades and Port Lincoln residents would be aware of the group's annual exhibitions and Tunarama exhibitions held at different venues over the years, including the Church of England Parish hall, Tafe, Kallinyalla Nursery and the Civic Centre Mall.

The group is currently located at ArtEyrea.

It has a long tradition of encouraging and providing opportunities for improving art techniques and knowledge through workshops and weekly painting, in an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere.