‘A Mixed Palette’ is the second joint exhibition of artists Jacqueline Bradley and Hazel Gillard. The exhibition encapsulates the artists’ lives, their interests and passions and is on display at the Dudley Canal Trust’s Portal Building for the next two months. Directly observing the world around them inspires their works, including nature, landscapes, animals and people. The artists hope that this exhibition gives visitors as much enjoyment as they had in creating the works.
"We’re so pleased to be able to display Jacqueline and Hazel’s works in our new temporary exhibition space”, said Holly Wain, Heritage Activities Assistant at Dudley Canal Trust (Trips) Ltd. "Their paintings offer our visitors an escape into diverse landscapes and shine a spotlight on the natural world”.
Jacqueline was born in Kinver, and from an early age she was inspired by the countryside of the West Midlands. Jacqueline is self-taught and uses watercolour to bring her scenes to life. Many of Jacqueline’s works are painted outdoors from direct observation, and she brings a sketchbook with her everywhere she goes to never miss an artistic opportunity. Jacqueline is a member of the Birmingham Watercolour Society, the Hagley Art Club and the Brierley Hill Society of Artists.
Hazel Gillard was born and grew up in Netherton. Living on the doorstep of Saltwells Nature Reserve, Hazels paintings include local scenes such as Doultons Claypit where she spent many hours of childhood. She has always been captivated by art but came back to painting later in life, attending her local groups and becoming a member of Hagley Art Club and the Brierley Hill Society of Artists. Hazel loves to paint different landscapes, including seascapes, as well as people and animals in acrylics and pastels. Many of the paintings on display include animals, from many visits to Dudley Zoo and West Midlands Safari Park. "I love to paint anything at all, and am inspired by everything around me...including a cheeky ostrich pecking at our car window!"
"We are delighted to be exhibiting our work at this wonderful Black Country venue”, said artist Hazel, "The Portal opens up opportunities for local artists to display their work in this brand new, light, spacious gallery. Local art by local people!"
Major funding partners for the project to create the Portal include the European Regional Development Fund £997,000, Heritage Lottery Fund £989,000, Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership £755,000 and Biffa Award £500,000. Other charitable donors include The Garfield Weston Foundation, J P Getty Jr Charitable Trust, Headley Trust, The Wolfson Foundation, Dudley Canal Trust, Dudley Canal Trust (Trips), and £30,000 raised by a public appeal.
The exhibition is free to visit and will run from 1st July to 1st September 2016. All of the original artwork featured in the exhibition will be for sale.
For more information, visit the Trust’s website at www.dudleycanaltrust.org.uk or call 0121 557 6265.