Faifley Art Group is picking up its paintbrush again after two years of struggles brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

And the group is on the hunt for new artists to join its ranks as members emerge from post-lockdown hibernation.

Speaking to the Post, organiser Christine Smith outlined what the sessions are all about.

She said: “We have a weekly meeting on a Wednesday morning and people come along to paint and draw and it’s also quite a sociable group.”

Before the pandemic hit, the team of artists would host exhibitions to showcase their work and venture out on art-related trips to galleries and museums.

Formed in 1988, the group is mainly made up of retirees, but Christine is on the lookout for some fresh faces from the area.

She added: “Generally speaking we are pensioners, everybody in the group at the moment, but if there’s any younger people who are in a position to come along on a Wednesday morning, they would certainly be more than welcome.”

The budding artists enjoy painting, drawing and creating whatever they like and although there is no formal teaching in the group, the members are hoping to attract some art tutors to deliver some tutorials.

Long-time member John Pugh, who has been with the art group for the last decade, admitted he joined Christine and company after he retired. He has had an interest in art since he was a schoolboy.

He said: “You go up there and it’s a good group of people, good camaraderie there as well, a group of people from various backgrounds.”

Lilian Lenz, whose interest in art was sparked when she lived in Germany, has been a member since 2016 and revealed the art group was well missed during lockdown.

The Faifley Art Group meet every Wednesday between 10am-12pm at Skypoint Community Centre, Lennox Drive, Faifley, G81 5JY. Anyone who wants to get involved can get in touch with Christine at ch27sm@yahoo.co.uk.