Talented artists unite for painting challenge in support of hospice
A GROUP of artists are to paint Macclesfield for a charity challenge.
The five artists have come together to create five works of art using the town as their inspiration.
The pictures will be sold as part of Art Fair taking place at Macclesfield Town Hall from September 26 to October 4, raising money for East Cheshire Hospice.
Inspired by Enid Blyton’s Famous Five, the artists have chosen to look for adventure in the backstreets of Macclesfield.
Christiane Van Doorn, who is co-ordinating the ‘5 Go Mad in Macc’ project, said: “We are delighted that five very fine artists have agreed to take part in this challenge.
“Macclesfield is rich in material and who knows what gems the artists will encounter, and how they will choose to interpret them. The artists each have different styles, so it will be fascinating to compare and contrast, and at the same time to celebrate the people and places of this wonderful old mill town – as well as raise money to support the invaluable work of East Cheshire Hospice.”
The artists taking part in the project are:
Anne Aspinall, who lives and works in Macclesfield, where she’s been a member of the Longden Gallery on Roe Street for more than 25 years. She has exhibited widely in England and Wales and has a reputation for richly coloured depictions of the Welsh landscape and harbours.
Steven Bewsher is a Ma c c l e s f i e l d - b a s ed painter who is inspired by both the urban and rural landscape of the north west. Many of his paintings depict well-known Macclesfield landmarks such as Hovis Mill and Chestergate. He also paints London scenes and exhibits across the UK.
Chris Cyprus uses simple northern scenes of potting sheds, allotments and back-to-back terraces as his inspiration. In 2008 Chris and his paintings appeared on BBC television’s Gardener’s World, charming the audience with his colourful interpretation of their passion for all things green.
Dean Entwistle lives in Macclesfield and his work is recognised by the Royal Watercolour Society. Many of his paintings depict the hills and dales of the Peak District and Derbyshire, as well as more recent cityscapes of Manchester.
Ralph McGaul works out of his studio in Macclesfield, creating striking paintings, woodcuts and etchings. His style is described as primitive.
●● Four of the artists involved, from left to right, are: Ralph McGaul, Anne Aspinall, Chris Cyprus, Steven Bewsher. Also taking part is Dean Entwistle (not pictured)