Alyson Baggaley

I like to think of myself as a local budding artist. I have always enjoyed creating art works and, since I retired 3 years ago, I have been to art classes to develop my talents. I work in oils, watercolour, acrylics and pen and ink.

I have had 4 commissions recently and most of my work is for sale.

Example of Alyson’s work below:





Carol Ayre

As a child I spent most of my time drawing, and eventually chose to study art at college.  But then life more or less overcame art and I, apart from a few terms at night class in the early 90’s, had no time for any real arty pursuits.

This changed when I found a weekly art class about 19 months ago, which I actually heard about from Alyson Baggaley at a U3A meeting.  This class has re-awakened my love of drawing and painting and I am amazed at just how much work I have managed to do in such a short time.

Thank you U3A members for your positive comments on my work in July 2012.


Mike Marshall

Primarily, I would like to state that I do not think of myself as an “artist,” whatever connotations the word might have.  I class myself as “expressionist,” i.e. my work does not follow any one particular art genre or any stylised themes.  I merely express my thoughts and feelings through the interpretation and representation of any subject matter that catches my attention.  Consequently, I cannot be classed as a “Cubist”, “Fauvist”, “Realist”, “Impressionist”, etc etc.  I have never been trained as an “artist” or attended any art classes, but I would hope that the broad spectrum of observers may find some appealing aspects in my endeavours.

Many thanks from me to those who imparted favourable comments about my work, but I can equally accept adverse criticism without resentment: since as the old adage expounds: “You can’t please all of the people, all of the time!”


Brian Angus

My interest in photography started when my eldest son Graeme was born.  That was in 1965 and I joined Seaham photographic society shortly afterwards. Photography became something of a passion for about 18 years during which time I had a messure of success in various competitions.  I then gave it up completely untill  2000 when I bought a digital camera.   I am now trying to pass on some of the hints and tips I have picked up over the years, to the happy band of photographers who form our Photography Group.

Some of Brian’s pictures displayed at July 2012 meeting

Maureen Green