Merve Woodrow with his own artwork, Clare Sutton, Helen Whiting and Shirley Monaghan are pleased with the union.
Merve Woodrow with his own artwork, Clare Sutton, Helen Whiting and Shirley Monaghan are pleased with the union. Linden Morris

Creative groups win in merger

TALENTED fingers and creative minds have come together with the merging of Warwick Artist's Group Inc (WAGI) and Warwick Quilters and Textile Artists (WQTA).

WAGI's newly elected secretary, Clare Cotton, said it was decided that WQTA would informally continue to operate under its original name and take membership with WAGI because it is a legally recognised body.

"We see it as a win-win situation for both parties," Mrs Cotton said.

"The artists were looking for a committee because their small numbers meant they didn't have enough eligible members to stand.

"By coincidence the textile artists had been looking for a new venue suitable for workshops."

Mrs Cotton said the response to the union has been positive from both groups.

"It has effectively broadened the range of art we have. We now have acrylics, pastels, and drawings, as well as quilting and fibres.

"Today is just about sorting out all the little issues that arise when you merge two groups."

The only male in the group, Merve Woodrow, is pleased with the union."

"I have no intention of leaving any time soon because I do my best work here," Mr Woodrow said.

Other newly elected committee members include president Gayle Purcell, vice presidents Shirley Monaghan and Dorothy Devine, and treasurer Helen Whiting.

This year WAGI will also be celebrating its 50th birthday with party plans still to be decided on.

WAGI will be holding a watercolour workshop on Thursday March 15, at 9.30am at its Willi St cottage.


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