Tal­ented artists unite for paint­ing chal­lenge in sup­port of hospice

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

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)

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