2011 Exhibition

(March 14, 2011)

Each year, at the beginning of May, the little Leicestershire village of Kirby Bellars plays host for the Annual Exhibition of the Kirby Bellars Group of Artists, or KBGA, as it is better known. 


Founded some 30 years ago by the well known artist, David Weston, who lives in the village, the club has grown in size and popularity, attracting artists from all parts of the county and

beyond.  They meet each Monday evening throughout the winter months in the village hall, but work outside direct from nature during the summer.  From this it may be rightly assumed that the majority of the work at the club's exhibitions is traditional in nature, however members use a wide variety of styles and media to show their own interpretations of the subject matter.


The Spring Bank Holiday weekend in early May brings hundreds of visitors to Kirby Bellars,

including many artists from other clubs, and some from great distances.  The high standard of the paintings in the exhibition brings people back year after year to enjoy and to buy the work on show. This year will be particularly poignant for the group as David Weston is very ill, and although his work will be on show, including a lovely painting of Venice and one of his last unsold railway paintings, he cannot be at the exhibition and his personality, charm and ready wit will be very much missed


With a membership of around thirty-five, admission to the club is limited, but new members are encouraged to join the group for their summer sketching programme and apply for membership in September. Every year a few are lucky enough to join what is a friendly and talented group of artists, some of whom have many years of experience behind them.


This year's exhibition is on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, 30th April, 1st and 2nd May, from 10am to 5pm.  It is held in Kirby Bellars Village Hall, off the A607, 2 miles west of Melton Mowbray.  Entrance is free and refreshments are available in the village hall throughout the weekend.  The church in Kirby Bellars is also open with further paintings, and local produce stalls.
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