A SHOWCASE of some of Cheshire's top painting talent is taking place in Acton Bridge later this month.

Weaver Vale Art Society, a thriving group of skilled professional and amateur artists, has announced its upcoming Summer Exhibition, which take place on Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21, at Acton Bridge Parish Rooms.

The group was founded 11 years ago to provide members with mutual support in a friendly environment, and has since managed to build a reputation for the high standard of its work.

After holding successful exhibitions last year at High Legh and at Visual Arts Cheshire’s Barons Quay gallery, this year they return to their base at Acton Bridge with a wide range of artwork and greetings cards on sale, with prices to suit every pocket.

Weaver Vale Art Society chairman, Sue Wreglesworth, said: “Exhibiting is a good motivation for us to finish pieces, but it’s also a real enjoyment.

"The standard of work on show for an exhibition like this is very important. It’s all high-quality work.

"It takes shed loads of preparation - everyone is busy rapidly painting, because you don’t want to put the same stuff out for every show. People want to see different things each time.

"We’re a thriving group. At the moment we have a waiting list to join, which is a fabulous position for a society like ours to be in.

"Everybody comes along on a Monday afternoon, we do our own painting, then we wonder around and see what everyone’s up to with their work.

"We’re very friendly, very helpful, and we support each other totally. We also get great friendships out of it because art is something we all have in common, and people say how much they look forward to coming on a Monday afternoon."

Entry to the show is £1 for adults free for children, and as well as the art itself, there will also be a refreshments on sale, and a tombola.

Doors are open 10am to 5pm on Saturday, May 20, and 10am to 4pm on Sunday, May 21.

Sue added: “Cheshire’s a great place for artists. Some of our members are also part of Visual Arts Cheshire, and the whole scene is really buzzing at the moment.”