'Eclectic mix' of paintings on show - Leicester Mercury preview

(April 30, 2010)

Leicester Mercury

Leicestershire art group's work on show over weekend

The bank holiday weekend sees the annual exhibition by the Kirby Bellars Group of Artists in Kirby Bellars, near Melton Mowbray.

Founded 29 years ago by its president, David Weston, the group attracts artists from across Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Rutland.

The show presents an eclectic mix of paintings in all media.
Sylvia Alexander's Pub Interiors, for example, attract with a subtle use of colour in a style she continues to develop in the naive manner. By contrast, Julie Penaluna's painting (Work Done) depicts a work-worn tractor to create an atmospheric scene where light and good colour combine to stunning effect. Chairwoman Judy Buerling catches the eye with five watercolours on a tea-time theme, including the strong and striking Strawberry Jam. Ray Salmon's First Snow, First Light captures in oils those waking hours when a familiar landscape is transformed by a covering of winter snow.

Roger Lancaster offers four paintings with a unity of style. His Lavender Fields in acrylic, creates an almost empty landscape where the group of figures emphasis the lonely feel of this very atmospheric painting. unflower by Gordon Currer is well worked out in an abstract form, and Manor Farm Marefield is a pastel by Tim Hughes in the more traditional style.

David Weston exhibits two superb watercolours, Mist In The Fishing Creek Southwold and Sunlit Screen Altarnum Cornwall.

INFO: The exhibition is open 10am to 5pm from Saturday to Monday in the Village Hall in Kirby Bellars off the A607, near Melton Mowbray. Admission is free and refreshments are available. Further paintings are on show, while local produce stalls are in St Peter's Parish Church nearby.

DW Mist in the Fishing Creek
David Weston - Mist in the Fishing Creek

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