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LC Gold members strike a pose for Jane


Regulars to the LC Gold fitness classes are used to striking a pose in order to strengthen those muscles, but they have been striking poses for arts sake recently too.

Swansea artist Jane Jones, a long-standing member of Swansea Print Workshop, has been finding inspiration for a new artwork with some impromptu life drawing sessions at our regular fitness classes.

Jane is a regular at some of Mandy’s LC Gold sessions herself – LC Gold is a programme of fitness classes tailored to the over 50s. And as a printmaker she specialises in figurative and abstract works, using intaglio and block relief methods, often executed on a large scale.

One of her best known works, which featured in a number of local exhibitions, showed an arresting portrait of Dylan Thomas rendered in hot tar.

Jane, from West Cross, said: “I am always looking for interesting new projects and new sources of inspiration and I was pleased to be invited along to sketch some of the LC regulars exercising.

“These were quite challenging sketching sessions because many of the LC classes naturally involve fast movement, which can be tricky to capture successfully on paper.

“But it was fascinating to work with a fairly large group of people, rather than the tradition single sitter at a life drawing session.

“And of course these ‘sitters’ were making many different shapes and poses throughout the class – it certainly gave me some interesting material to work with and I look forward to showing the completed work to some of my LC Gold classmates.”

Chris Jones, our Health and Fitness Manager said: “We were delighted to invite Jane along to work in this unusual environment and I look forward to seeing the finished results.

“I know Jane is an LC Gold member herself and one of the things we hear time and again from our LC Gold members is how much they value the social side of the classes and the friendships they have made during their time with us, so it is great to see the LC Gold classes inspire activities other than health and fitness – as vital as health and fitness are.”