YORK Art Workers Association is marking its 25th year with a commemorative book and exhibition from Friday at Pyramid Gallery, Stonegate, York.

On most first Mondays of each month, a close-knit group of artistic people meets at Jacob’s Well, in Trinity Lane, Micklegate. The group consists of craft workers, artists, design professionals, gallery owners, art collectors and others with an interest in any of those disciplines.

The focus of the meeting is always a short presentation by an invited guest who will discuss a particular discipline or project in which the speaker has a depth of knowledge.

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The book cover for the York Art Workers Association's At 25 Years

The association was founded by architect and building conservationist Peter Burman in 1993, along with stone carver Peter Coates and sculptor Charles Gurrey, since when it has consistently attracted an annual membership of between 50 and 70 and a mailing list of many more who attend occasional meetings. Founder Peter Burman MBE, incidentally, will present a lecture on the legacy of John Ruskin on September 3.

To mark the 25th anniversary, the association is mounting an exhibition of members' work at Pyramid Gallery, to coincide with a commemorative book of examples of work by members, combined with information on present members and a history of the association.

A full programme for 2018 and previous years may be downloaded from the website yorkartworkers.org.uk. Membership details can be found there too, or you may prefer either to visit Pyramid Gallery to pick up a membership form or to contact membership secretary Terry Brett on 01904 641187 or at pyramidgallery@yahoo.co.uk.

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Midnite At The Oasis, by Linda Combi, from the York Art Workers Association's book, At 25 Years

"We're hoping to attract new members with the events planned ahead, starting with the 25th anniversary exhibition," says Terry, who runs Pyramid Gallery. "This show will include work by more than 40 York association members, including paintings, etchings, pottery, sculpture, glass, rug-weaving, stained glass and jewellery, all produced in or around York."

The exhibition will be open to the public from Friday afternoon and a preview will take place in the evening from 6pm to 8.30pm. The gallery's opening hours are 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, and 12 noon to 4.30pm on Sundays.

The 25th anniversary book, At 25 Years, featuring details and images of work by 45 York artists, will be on sale at Pyramid Gallery for £3. The show will run until January 28.