Museum hosts display of eye-catching work

Painting by Irene Hilsden
Painting by Irene Hilsden

Stunning photography, finely-detailed paintings and traditional spinning work will be on show at a new exhibition at Alnwick Bailiffgate Museum.

The display opens on May 10 and runs until June 29, showcasing the work of Darryn Wade, Irene Hilsden and the Shilbottle Recreational Art Group and the Powburn Spinners.

Wade returns to the museum with his new Northern Lights exhibition; a stunning collection which shows Northumberland in all its glorious, haunting and dramatic beauty.

He also makes his own unique brand of frames from wood found on our beaches. The sea washed, knarled and characterful surfaces are the perfect surround to his pictures of the great outdoors.

The Shilbottle Recreational Art Group was started by artist Hilsden in 2010 to encourage people who had always thought they could not paint, to learn some basic watercolour techniques in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

From an initial group of seven members the class has quickly grown in numbers.

While the pictures in the Bailiffgate exhibition may have been painted by amateur artists from the group, some of whom have been painting for less than three years, they are a pleasure to view.

The club members have been using watercolour, acrylic or oil and show what hidden talent lies in all of us.

They are also a testament to Irene’s fantastic tuition and care she shows for all the members.

The group meets at Shilbottle Community Hall.

Away from the classes, Irene works mostly in pastels and pastel pencils, creating finely detailed paintings of animals and birds, some of which are also included in the exhibition.

The Powburn Spinners, who will be showcasing a display of their work, is a group of people who are passionate about keeping alive the traditional craft of hand spinning and passing on their skills to others.

Since inception, the group has grown from strength to strength.

They meet twice a month at Powburn where novice and experienced spinners alike can learn and develop new skills in a wide range of textile crafts from spinning to felting and knitting

The group has workshops, trips and social events offering the chance to meet new people, share experiences and to learn from each other.

Admission to the exhibition is included in the museum entry fee, which is open Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am to 4pm, and Bank Holidays.

For more details, call 01665 605847.