By Betsy Everett
The West Burton art group’s annual Easter exhibition has become a fixture in the Dales calendar and this year promises the usual eclectic mix from these mainly amateur artists.
The down-to-earth – wellington boots and a watering can sitting quietly in a little grey porch – and the exotic – boats bobbing in the harbour of Skiathos in the electric blue Aegean – are captured by husband and wife, Judith (‘Gardening’) and Jonathan (‘Skiathos Town’) Woolley, long-standing members of the group, now in its seventeenth year.
The interests, observations and affections of the artists form a varied but surprisingly cohesive whole: Dinah Francis’s blue hare looks mildly apprehensive and alert to possible predators, but the most obvious one, her clear-eyed fox with a faraway gaze, looks more wistful than wily.
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The 50 or so works will all be on sale – and they do go quickly – in the light and spacious West Burton village hall where the artists not only mount their exhibitions but, literally, practise their art, every Wednesday.
There is no tuition, none has a formal qualification, most are retired professionals who love painting and sharing the results of their efforts which, as ever, provide a feast for the eye.
The exhibition at West Burton village hall is on Sunday and Monday, April 1 and 2, from 10am-4pm. Admission is free, with tea and biscuits, artists’ original work for sale and donations invited for, among others, St Teresa’s Hospice in Darlington.