‘Kindness of Strangers’ on show at gallery exhibition

A new exhibition at Pannett Art Gallery is just one of many events taking place this year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Alderman Robert Elliott Pannett.

Saturday, 15th February 2020, 10:28 am
P Lawson by John Lawson – one of the many treasured paintings that are on display at Pannett Park Art Gallery.
P Lawson by John Lawson – one of the many treasured paintings that are on display at Pannett Park Art Gallery.

Visitors to the venue will find many treasures to be discovered at The Kindness of Strangers (and Friends) exhibition which is open to the public Tuesday to Sunday (9.30am to 4.30pm) until Sunday, March 22.

Alderman Pannett left in his will Pannett Park, and the money to build a gallery, to Whitby – the town he loved – in 1920.

Over the years many more paintings, drawings and other artworks have been given to the gallery and some of these are now on display.

All the artwork in the current exhibition have either been given, been left to the gallery in a will, or purchased with money donated or bequeathed to the gallery.

Some of these are recent acquisitions, such as the large collection of watercolours recently bequeathed to the gallery by the late Joyce Turner who is remembered by many local people as Miss Turner, their French teacher.

Miss Turner’s love of the town is reflected in her choice of paintings which feature some fabulous Whitby scenes.

The exhibition also includes a beautiful portrait, possibly of Henry (Harry) Lawson who was in the Grenadier Guards and was killed at Guichy, France, in the first world war.

This picture was painted by his father John Lawson and gifted to the gallery by Alice Payne, Harry’s niece.

The art gallery is always on the lookout for new donations of both paintings and funds to keep it running smoothly.

Bob Dalrymple, chairman of the Pannett Art Gallery Committee, said: “We are always keen to investigate ways of extending and improving our collection so that we can show the very best art works in this fabulous local gallery.”