Sutton Watercolourists group was formed by artists who met in a SCOLA class in 1981, under the tutelage of Lorna Murray. The group was formed in 1986 and their aim was to explore and develop the potential of watercolours and bring it the public notice. Their first major exhibition, held at Sutton Library 21st September 1989, sold 27 paintings, many of these by Fred Gillespie and Arthur Wootton.
History. (Some facts about members)
Fred Gillespie has had his paintings shown in the Open exhibition of the Marine Artists exhibition at the Mall Gallery as well at other venues. Other current members of
the group, Elizabeth Court, Jane Spencer have been part of the Royal Watercolour Society’s Open Exhibition at the Bankside Gallery during recent years. One of our founder
members Sarah Holliday who moved out of the area is now a professional painter and member of the the Royal Watercolour Society. Sarah has appeared on radio and TV. All
members show their work at a wide range of venues and online.
Our range of past exhibitions have been held at Cheam library, Europa Gallery Sutton, Whitehall Cheam, The Corner Gallery, Leatherhead Theatre and Denbies Vineyard.
Re-organisation by National Heritage at the old Cheam Whitehall building required a change of meeting place and the group now meets at Cheam library (opposite the previous site!)