A rich mix from the Dales to the Aegean from talented West Burton artists

Skiathos Town by Jonathan Woolley features in the West Burton show

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.

Fishing Boat, John Hopkins
Tree, MaryRose Kearney
Gardening, Judith Woolley
Still Life, Pierre Guillon
The Fox, Dinah Francis


Blue Hare, Dinah Francis


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