By Anton Dolders, Regional Chair of Arts at Macmillan Cancer Support
Art For Macmillan’s exhibitors and supporters turned out in force on Saturday 30th Jan for what was to be one of the last events taking place at Cambridge Walks Gallery, set up to raise funds for the provision of care for people whose lives have been effected by cancer and for their families. The gallery will close in mid February as after so much event coordinating, I could do with a well earned break. I am planning to go on a drawing expedition around the North of Britain. The result will be a collection of drawings portraying landscapes, waterways and architecture encountered enroute. Watch this space for examples of work from my travels.
Saturday saw the return of amazing perception challenging artist, Daniel Adler and masterful water colour artist, John West. Although far from completion, the former’s current painting appeared to combine the solidity of ancient stone buildings with a backdrop of multitudinous blended colours. I think it promises to encompass all the qualities which make Daniel’s work so incredible and exemplifies his ability to focus on areas of tiny detail enabled by his Aspergers Syndrome condition.
John West impressed everyone with his classis approach to water and landscape creation with a painting of The Iron Men on Crosby Beach in water colour. His skill with a paint brush is always mesmerizing and the rapidity with which his images appear is incredible. John’s knowledge of using water to provide bases of various consistency; a necessity with this medium, is second to none.
The children’s workshop was as successful as usual and the paintings resulting from it which are attached to the front of the gallery look wonderful. I particularly like the way the participants have used the circular dimensions of the plates which were originally intended for mixing paint on, to such great effect.
This Saturday (6th Feb) will feature abstract painter, Walter Fairclough and a demonstration in landscape painting by me from 12pm until 3.30pm.
Cambridge Walks Gallery – open until 15th February.
Open: Tues – Sat 10.30am – 5.15pm
For details of Art For Macmillan’s exhibitions and events look at: www.artformacmillancancersupport.co.uk
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