The Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust is proud to be showcasing the works of a group of talented local artists over the next two months in their visitor centre, the Portal. The Brierley Hill-based artists work in a range of media, including watercolour, acrylic and mixed media.
Artist Tim Nash has been exhibiting for 30 years, and teaches seven art classes per week in watercolour, mixed media and acrylic. For this exhibition, Tim is displaying atmospheric and rich textured works in watercolour and mixed media of a range of landscapes including harbours, mountain scenes and countryside views.
As well as Tim’s paintings, the exhibition includes the work of Bev Challinor, Elaine Skidmore and Gail Belchamber who attend the Brierley Hill Neighbourhood Learning Centre where Tim teaches. Bev began painting in 2013, prior to that the only brush she owned was for sweeping the path! She joined Tim’s art class at Brierley Hill and began experimenting with painting in mainly watercolour, as well as mixed media. She’s now been bitten by the painting bug and enjoys the company of like-minded people. Bev’s works in this exhibition include ‘Cabin at the Waterside’ and ‘Me and My Bird’.
Elaine has been painting since 2008. She’s a member of the Victory Painting Group, Brierley Hill District Art Society and attend Brierley Hill Neighbourhood Learning Centre. She has a passion for watercolour but paints in all mediums and takes inspiration from landscapes and animals. At the Portal, Elaine’s works take inspiration from nature with ‘Red Berries’ and ‘Poppy Field’.
Gail has been painting since 2010. She was inspired by a work colleague to take the plunge and has never looked back! Gail is now deputy chairman of Wall Heath Art Club, a member Brierley Hill District Art Society and Hagley Art Club. Gail paints in all mediums but she loves watercolours as there’s no place to hide any mistakes it’s an interesting and challenging medium. Gail’s work is mainly focused on landscapes but lately she has been painting animals and narrowboats. For this exhibition, Gail is exhibiting a range of different works from woodland scenes and sea side cottages, to bright and colourful animals such as Peacocks and Robins.
“We’re thrilled to showcase such gifted local artists with this new exhibition at the Portal”, said Holly Wain, Heritage Activities Assistant at Dudley Canal Trust (Trips) Ltd.
“There is such a variety of scenes and techniques which are celebrated. We hope that this diversity might inspire visitors to give it a go themselves!”
Major funding partners for the project to create the Portal include the European Regional Development Fund £997,000, Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) £989,200, 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 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.
For information regarding art classes please call Tim Nash on 07941697672.