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Lively painters put on variety show - Leicester Mercury review

(May 02, 2008)
Leicester Mercury
 
The Spring Bank Holiday weekend sees the Kirby Bellars group of artists opening the doors on their annual exhibition in the village hall writes Leslie Goodwin.
 
This year promises to be well up to the standard we have come to expect from this lively group of painters, led by their president David Weston, who founded the club some 27 years ago.
 
David Weston 1
Spooky Booton, David Weston
 
David shows two watercolours this time, a dramatic view of a Norfolk church, entitled Spooky Booton, and one of his paintings on a railway theme showing two aged locomotives on the scrap heap.
 
There is much variety this year in various media.  Among the pastellists, Carroll Pendery shows a large and well executed picture called Simply Roses, and Chris Goodson a Still Life with Plums.
 
 
Chris Goodson Still Life with Jugs
Chris Goodson, Still Life with Jugs
 
Nicola Pennill continues to experiment on a landscape theme in mixed media. Her painting of Harris in the Outer Hebrides caught my eye.
 
Nicola Pennill: Finsbay
Nicola Pennill, Finsbay, Harris
 
Among those pursuing the art of pure watercolour, David Wright excels with Salthouse, and Tony Slater takes us to Pin Mill in Suffolk, with a large painting of Thames barges.
 
David Wright 1
David Wright
 
For a more unusual view of life, Gordon Currer's Street Games shows children at play in Hong Kong.  The group's dynamic chairwoman is Judy Buerling.  Judy continues her theme of multi-image paintings, this year from her visit to Greece with five entertaining pictures.
 
For contrasts, one could look no further than Derek Wright's fine drawings of Venetian palaces.  My eye was particularly taken with his sepia work of Palazzo Vendramin, and Roger Lancaster presents five acrylic paintings, each imbued with a misty light. His Ebbing Tide Cromer is a fine piece of work.
 
Roger Lancaster Cromer
Roger Lancaster, Ebbing Tide Cromer
 
The club recently suffered the loss of one of its stalwart members when Norman Sims passed away a few weeks ago.  A panel of his paintings in his inimitable style, so familiar to those of us who regularly visit the Leicestershire art circle, are on show in tribute to a man whose great enthusiam for painting was totally infectious.
 
There is great variety in this exhibition and it is well worth a visit over the Bank Holiday weekend.

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