The Christmas exhibition is now starting to come together and everything should be looking great in time for tomorrow night's preview.
The show features paintings by fifteen different artists, some regular exhibitors at Bianco Nero and some brand new ones. Among the regulars are some works by Emma Holliday (http://www.emmaholliday.co.uk/), full of life and vigour and all completed "on the spot". Included in the show is one that Emma describes as her coldest painting ever, entitled "Sandsend, High Tide" and completed on Sandsend beach with a nor'easterly blowing straight from Siberia. Emma certainly suffers for her art! I came across her sitting on a bench in Stokesley Market Place one cold but bright day last winter while she was working on one of the paintings in the exhibition - "College Square, Stokesley". It really captures the individuality of the lovely Georgian town houses but also the energy of a bustling market town.
Other works in the show include some wonderfully evocative landscapes by Robert Newton (http://www.robnewton.co.uk/), some jewel-like still lives by local artist Susan Dugdale and some fun and vibrant paintings by Jane Kitching from Crathorne. Among new artists to Bianco Nero are Lancashire-based artist Patricia Haskey Knowles (http://www.phk-art.co.uk/) and Emerson Mayes (http://www.emersonmayes.co.uk/), both of whom will be having exhibitions in the gallery during 2012. Emerson has sent along some of his beautiful hand-coloured drypoints of birds including "A very fortuitous fielfare" pictured below.
There really is a very diverse range of visual treats in the gallery at the moment!