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Art exhibition on 90th birthday

Wednesday 16th October 2013

Jean Smith, one of the founders of the Lostwithiel Art Group, is celebrating her 90th birthday with an exhibition of up to 60 of her paintings in Taprell House, above the library in Lostwithiel.

Before Jean moved to Lostwithiel she lived in Newquay for a number of years with her late husband Stan. When they moved to Newquay they surfed at Lusty Glaze beach nearly every day and could still be found riding the waves when they were in their seventies.

It was 40 years ago, while she was living in Newquay, that Jean attended night school and started painting. She learnt to paint the sea and also developed a love for woodland scenes.

On moving to Lostwithiel she placed an advert in the Parish magazine, The Bridge, with Heather Turner and Elizabeth Parmenter. They invited people to form a local art group and 13 people replied. The art group is still going with a similar number today.

The solo exhibition will contain paintings from private owners who have returned them for the exhibition, and others which will be on sale. Proceeds from the sale will go to the Mission Aviation Fellowship which supports Church missions in developing countries.

The exhibition will be open on Tuesday October 29th, Thursday October 31st and Friday 1st November.