Final chance to see scenes of great beauty

This weekend is your last chance to see Scenes of Great Beauty and Drama, an exhibition of original artwork by members of Whitby Art Society.

Thursday, 24th November 2016, 3:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 29th November 2016, 9:29 am
Robert Brindley painting, part of the Scenes of Great Beauty exhibition.

Part of the group’s fundraising efforts for the Great North Air Ambulance, the exhibition is on display at Whitby’s Pannett Art Gallery until thius Sunday.

This exhibition has been a tremendous effort by art society members, to raise as much money as possible for such a great cause.

Keith Blessed of Whitby Art Society told the Whitby Gazette: “I am sure most people will know of the tremendous work that the Great North Air Ambulance do in rescuing people who are in extreme difficulty in remote areas, which can sometimes be life-threatening.

Countryside painting by Keith Blessed.

“The air ambulance can obviously cover areas which are inaccessible to ordinary ambulances.

“So the members of Whitby Art Society have galvanised themselves to produce work to the theme of scenes of great beauty and drama and one original, framed painting from each member was donated to the exhibition, with all the proceeds of sales of these paintings going to the GNAA.

“The Pannett Art Gallery have been very generous by not taking any commission from the sales.

“Some artists put further work into the exhibition, and 30% of the sale of these go to GNAA.”

Countryside painting by Keith Blessed.

As part of the fundraising efforts, the society produced more than 100 A5 original paintings to sell, and also held a quiz night and raffle, with prizes donated by local businesses.

“When we started this project we would have been happy in raising £1,000,” said Keith, “but to date we have raised a staggering £5,300.

“The people of Whitby and visitors have been extremely generous in buying our artwork, which is of an incredible standard, some by artists of national and international recognition.

“However there are still a number of artworks looking for new homes, and with Christmas approaching would make a unique and lasting gift for your loved ones, but hurry as the exhibition finishes on Sunday at 4.30pm.

“The proceeds are going to an excellent cause, and one that this area could not possibly do without, and you will be getting something unique for your money.”