"Beware Of Artists. They mix with all classes of society and are therefore the most dangerous" 

(Queen Victoria)

St Mary's Art Group initially started in 2000, and the meetings were held at St Mary's Church, Hilperton Marsh.1998, had seen a fair number  people - who are now members of St Mary's Art Group, join an Art Class for Absolute Beginners (Drawing and Painting) with Sue Burns as our tutor. For two years we renewed our membership Year 1, Year 2, then  a Course entitled ADVANCED PAINTING and DRAWING Year 1! This could have gone indefinitely but Sue decided that we were more than competent to move on - and start our own self-help/assisted help Art Group. In other words Sue needed us to move onwards to make space for really needy students!!!

One of the real originals was Helen Rae. Barney Rowen and Anne Brown joined St Mary's in the second year when membership had reached around 18/20.  This appeared to be a suitable numbered - tables were larger and space was limited. Elizabeth Butler followed the next year.  Although people have come and gone the group remains committed and still meets in the same place every Tuesday morning from 9.30 a.m. until 12.30 a.m.

We currently have around 18 members, from absolute beginners to those who are more advanced, who enjoy meeting up to paint, exchange ideas, improve techniques and express interpretations of everyday living using a wide variety of styles and media. Our meetings are informal and fun and you will receive a warm welcome should you decide to come along to try us out before committing to the membership fee of £33 per person per term (as of September 2019). Summer term 2019 is a one off £19.  If this sounds like something you would enjoy, then you can either visit the other pages on this site for more information, or go straight to the Contact Us page to find out more about any of our exhibitions,  membership, or sales of paintings displayed here. 


We are members of the SAA Society For All Artists and we also accept commissions.





And, we are a very social bunch! We tend to go out for group lunches at Christmas or at the end of  our year.