The Market Hall opened it’s doors on Saturday for Kingsbridge and South Hams Art Club’s Summer Exhibition.

Mayor of Kingsbridge, Councillor Anne Balkwill, performed the official opening much to the delight of members and in her opening speech named and congratulated the people who were responsible for the hard work in setting up the exhibition.

She was then shown around the exhibits by the Chairman of the club Bill Buckby, President Joyce Houghton and Secretary David White, where she had the opportunity to meet individual artists.

Cllr Balkwill was impressed with the high standard of the paintings and said: “The depth of local talent is amazing and the exhibition is very inviting and beautifully presented.

“KASHAC is clearly an inclusive club which encourages it’s individual members to develop their own particular skills.”

Bill Buckby said: “It is a pleasure to meet the Mayor and to show her around our exhibition. This is a special occasion for me as it is my last public duty as chairman after three years in the post.

“Our club welcomes people of all ages and abilities. In addition to the opportunity for exhibiting and selling their work, the main aim of the club is to offer it’s members our venue at Harbour House to meet with other like minded people who wish to enjoy painting in a friendly environment.

“There has been much research looking into the benefits to people of all ages engaged in creative activities particularly painting and drawing.”

There are over three hundred framed and unframed pictures of a variety of subject matter, individual styles and media for sale. There is also a large selection of greetings cards.

The exhibition continues until Sunday, August 26, and is open daily from 10.30am until 4.30pm and closing at 3pm on the last day. Entrance is free.