Dave Morgan looks ahead to the annual art exhibition in Alvechurch.
How do you paint the Moon? For kids it’s usually just a blob of white – but what if you are trying to paint man’s first landing on the Moon?
That was the challenge laid down to members of Pam’s art classes in Alvechurch and Droitwich, who take part in an annual competition arranged by local nursing home owner Kamal Khan to produce artwork on a specific theme. And the reason for the challenge? 2019 is the 50th anniversary of that epic first landing.
The initial reaction of the amateur artists was not of enthusiasm but of a feeling that with the grey of the moon’s surface and the blackness of the sky, there wouldn’t be a lot of colour.
Therefore two alternative themes were added: a picture to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings (also in 2019) or even a painting in the Georgian style, similar to the challenge from two years ago. Slowly but surely the artists started to get enthusiastic at such a wide choice of subjects and the creative juices started to flow.
Art tutor Pam McGregor commented: “It’s quite surprising that although the initial reaction to both the Moon landing and D-Day landing subjects was subdued, as time went on several of the artists actually chose those subjects as they thought more about what they could produce and the result is a wide variety of pictures.”
The winners of this year’s challenge were due to be announced at the summer fete at Tutnall Hall care home as we went to press. All the entries for the challenge, together with up to 100 other new and original images, will be on view in Alvechurch Village Hall for the annual Art Exhibition from July 25 to 27.
Many of the paintings will be for sale at prices that should make them attractive investments, especially as purchasers will be able to buy an original work of art that no-one else owns.
Over the past few years the exhibitions have received excellent reviews by visitors and the intention is always to improve on the standard of work. So all the pictures in the main exhibition will be art that has not previously been exhibited and that has been created during the past 12 months.
The exhibition will be open from 10am to 6pm (10am to 5pm on the Saturday). Entry is free and refreshments will also be available. More details about the art classes can be found at www.pamsartclasses.co.uk
Above: local artist Dennis Hill is advised on some finishing touches to one of his paintings for the exhibition by tutor Pam McGregor.