Mayor sits for art society’s portrait artists in New Brighton


Mayor Cllr George Davies visited Mersey Arts Zone (MAZ) in Vale Park, New Brighton, yesterday. During the visit, a group of local artists each produced a portrait of the Mayor in a 15-minute sitting.

The artists were from The Wallasey Arts Society, which is an open artistic organisation founded in 1962. Up until recently, the society was without a home, but MAZ came to the rescue.

Dawn Reck, founder of MAZ explains all, “MAZ has been open since May last year and we hung on during the lockdown. Last Summer, the artists were coming to the park and produced their art of the building, the park and the prom in the fresh air, all whilst enjoying Vale Park.

“I kept noticing them out and about and sometimes it would rain and I’d invite them in to keep dry! So in the end, I said, ‘I know let’s talk about this. How can I help you?’

And through Dawn’s offer, The Wallasey Arts Society found a new home. Each Wednesday, the society meets At Vale House, Vale Park, from 10am to 12.30pm for a portrait class, where all are welcome.

Speaking to, the Mayor said, “I’ve never been so still and quiet for 15 minutes! It really was a great moment to come across and see the work that these artists had produced in such a short space of time. To see myself portrayed by 15 different people was absolutely amazing.

“It’s fantastic [that the society has a new home] in the park, in a place like this. It’s a great way to get together as a community. I’m delighted to have visited and to meet the members of the society.”

You can find out more about the exhibitions and classes at Mersey Art Zone, in Vale Park, by visiting their Facebook page and should further details of The Wallasey Art Society can be found on their Facebook page

Daw Reck of Mersey Arts Zone, with the Mayor and Mayoress.
The artists deep in concentration.
The Mayor enjoys one of his portraits.
One of the artist’s artwork.

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