On the 15th December 2011 we met at the Shipley Art Gallery where we viewed the annual exhibition of Gateshead’s Art Society. This is short listed by members themselves and includes paintings of scenes from across the North East.

Most of us found much to admire here as it was our kind of art. ‘Christmas Present’ in the gallery holding silverwork, ceramics and jewellery, chosen by craft experts across the U.K., was also impressive. Although the Shipley does not have a coffee shop we were directed next door to the library where we had a nice lunch and a good cup of coffee.Well worth a visit.