Inspiring exhibition in memory of former art tutor

Members of the Weare Giffard Art Group are holding an exhibition in memory of their former tutor She

Members of the Weare Giffard Art Group are holding an exhibition in memory of their former tutor Sheila Scoular, who died earlier this year. - Credit: Archant

Group dedicates its latest display to renowned local artist Sheila Scoular.

Popular artist: Sheila Scoular.

Popular artist: Sheila Scoular. - Credit: Archant

MEMBERS of the Weare Giffard Art Group are holding their annual exhibition in memory of their former tutor, who died earlier this year.

Sheila Scoular 73, who lived in Bideford, died in February but has left behind a legacy of amateur local artists after teaching for some 30 years in the North Devon area.

The group was devastated to learn of her passing but members have vowed to continue the Wednesday morning and afternoon sessions at Weare Giffard Village Hall.

Member Mike Hudson said: “We want to keep on going in her memory because we enjoy it.


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“Sheila was a real artist – she did everything – ink, watercolour, pastels, you name it.

“Some of her paintings were internationally famous. I believe she was restoring a Lenkiewicz painting when she died.

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“Sheila was the best teacher I have ever known – so gifted. She would give anyone support and advice or instruction on a subject. She covered most of the range and could give technical advice on things like perspective and colour.

“She was so supportive she made you want to come back and keep doing it.”

In 2011, Sheila told the Gazette that the group covered virtually all media and attracted a range of people of different ages and walks of life.

She said: “I have some who have been with me for years and others who say they haven’t done any art since they left school.

“But they all want to do it and I think that is what makes it a success.”

She said the group’s exhibitions were always very popular and attracted visitors from across the area.

This year’s exhibition, which opens on Friday and runs every day until Sunday, from 10am-5.30pm, will be the group’s 22nd.

Admission is free, with donations to Cancer Research UK.

The group would like to hear from any local artists who could volunteer their time to offer some advice during the weekly sessions at Weare Giffard Village Hall. Anyone interested should contact Pam Johns on 01237 470204 in the first instance.

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