Jim Robson, the Men's Forum Chairman has just confirmed that all your efforts this year mean that we can again donate the impressive amount of £7500 to our 2 chosen charities for 2016 - The Springfields Hostel (a homely refuge for women) and the St Thomas' church Restoration Fund.
We would also like to announce the start of fundraising to replace our 30 year old exhibition lighting system.
Please donate now to make next year's exhibition even brighter and better!
Milnthorpe Art Exhibition 2016 - Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th August 2016.
The Milnthorpe Art Exhibition is now in it's 27th year and is run by the Milnthorpe Men's Forum for the benefit of local charities. Our chosen charity for 2016 is the Springfield Hostel in Kendal. A long running, local charity set up to counter Domestic Abuse. Last year we donated £7500 to our charities.
It is the largest open art exhibition in the North West.
For artists, the selection process is rigorous and usually only about 50 per cent of paintings submitted are displayed for sale. As a result we have helped many artists to become recognised and valued.
For the buying public, it is a very good opportunity to purchase fairly-priced, original art from accomplished artists with the knowledge that any commission goes to good causes in the community.
Louis Morton the Chairman of our Art Exhibition is delighted to welcome Frances & Geoff as this year's Guest Artists.
Featured Artist for 2016 - Frances Winder
About the artist
Frances has lived in Kendal for 15 years. Inspired by the Lake District in all its facets, she is moved by colour, mood and light. Using paint in a free and boldstyle, exploring the surface effects in a painting, trying to achieve more significance than realism in the work. This can lead to more abstract pieces sometimes.
After a Fine Art Degree at Manchester College of Art and an Art teaching degree, Frances taught Art in the Manchester area for five years. Now her career has included illustration work for landscape architects, architects, advertising agencies, freelance illustration and also more teaching in adult education. All the while painting and exhibiting In galleries.
Her work is in a variety of disciplines, Acrylic paint, guache and oil pastel and other mixed media methods, Ceramics and printing methods are very important. www.franceswinder.com
Some of her work below, please click to enlarge:
Featured Artist for 2016 - Geoff Taylor
Geoff introduces himself:
"I was born in Lancaster a long time ago, we moved to Sheffield for a time before returning north to Arnside 19 years ago. After a 3 year Graphic design course at Chesterfield College of Art I began work as a Graphic Designer.
In my quest to design Record Sleeves in the 70’s I did some illustrations for the album The Musical Version of the War of the Worlds by Jeff Wayne. Which led to book cover painting for fantasy and science fiction writers such as David Eddings and Raymond E Feist.
I received commissions for pen and ink illustrations for children’s books for authors including Michelle Paver and Cliff McNish. Another style of art evolved when I was taken on by Games Workshop, a role-playing gaming company where I did many illustrations for their unique Warhammer World.
I have always painted wildlife whenever I had some free time, wolves mostly. Such as inspiration from the local story of “The Last Wolf” in England, reputedly killed at Humphrey Head, Cumbria in the 14th Century.
Now semi retired I have found a new passion in the Lake District fells and have been painting landscapes. When I first began painting I worked with designer’s gouache on art board and developed airbrushing skills which lend themselves well to the book cover art which needed bright intense colour, then a change to acrylic paints in the 90’s. The size of my painting brushes have always been fine, finer and finest which accounts for the detail in my paintings. Some say I paint every hair on a wolf! maybe I do!"