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Over-60s art group is still amajor draw.

Byline: Laura Wright

WHEN council funding for a community amateur arts group was cut, it was disbanded.

But theover-60s enjoyedtheir weekly class so much, they decided to continue the group themselves and, more than a decade later, the Rumney Art Society is still going strong.

The independent group of mostly retired people from the Rumney area of Cardiff have financed themselves for the past 12 years, hiring out a hall and holding their own classes.

The group do not have a teacher and follow their own styles each week, asking each other for advice and criticism.

Pat Napper, a retired grandmother of six and one of the original members of the group, said: "When the class was closed, one of the ladies said it was sucha shame for the class to give up and rang up some of the members to keep it going.

We get together every week and enjoyhavingapaint, a chat and a cup of tea.

"We meet and do our own painting, whatever we want to do, and help each other in any waywe can. If someone's got a skill in one way, they help the others.

"We're not in any way pretending to be professional artists, we just enjoy painting.

The class was originally called 'painting for pleasure' and that's what we do."

Fellow member and grandmother-of-two Betty Deacon, 78, of Llanrumney, Cardiff, said: "We just enjoy the company, it'sanice little crowdand it's still going strong. We were all for it carrying on, none of us wanted to leave."

On occasion, the group saves up enough money to invite demonstrators to show them different approaches to painting.

Mrs Napper, of Rumney, added: "At the moment we have about 12 members on the books, usually about 10 come every week. The trouble with the group is that people are getting old, some have got so old they can't come any more.

One of the members was 99 last week, another can't go far from their oxygen machine."

Every year, the society exhibits its work at Rumney Library.

Mrs Napper said: "People put their pictures up for a month just for showand some are sold. The library says it cheers the place up."

Rumney Art Society meets every Tuesday between 2pm and 4pm at Rumney Memorial Hall, Wentloog Road, Rumney, Cardiff. For more information on Rumney Arts Society, call Mrs Napper on 029 2079 2430.

laura.wright@mediawales.co.uk

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 29, 2008
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