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Hamiota Art Club

Although the Hamiota Art Club was officially organized in Oct. 1969, a group of ladies, namely Mrs. Kathleen Rutherford (since deceased), Mrs. Dorothy MacMillan (later Mrs. R. Riddick), Mrs. Bessie Houck, and Mrs. Ethel Stewart (since de­ceased) had been having get-togethers to go out sketching for several years.

The Club was formed with Mrs. Anne Perlmutter as instructor, who taught how to work in charcoal, pencil and oil media. In later years, instruction has been expanded to include watercolor, soft pastel, oil pastel, India ink and acrylic media by instructors from Virden, Brandon, Strathclair, Oak Lake, and Erickson in Manitoba, and from Marchwell, Sas­katchewan, as well as some local artists.

The highlight of the Club year is the annual Art Show and Tea, which is held in the spring. This has created a great deal of interest, not only in the Club, but also in the community.

The Club members have also had a display of pictures at the Hamiota Summer Fair for several years. Pictures painted by the members are hung in the local Heritage Arts Centre, Royal Bank and Credit Union for viewing during the year.