College student returns book to his tutor – after 50 years
AN art student has apologised to his tutor after returning one of his books 50 years after borrowing it.
Joe Beard, 70, from Poynton, took the book about a French painter from teacher Bill Eley in 1966 when he studied at Stockport Art College.
It helped him find inspiration for his fledgling career but he then forgot all about it until finding it at the back of a shelf last year.
And now – at a reunion exhibition at Stockport Art Gallery where Bill ran a drawing workshop – he finally had his book returned.
Joe said: “It is about Nicholas de Stael, and I remember Bill giving it me and telling me to have a look because I’d like him. It was all in French and though I don’t speak French it was a lot of use as it had his paintings in, which were quite advanced for his time and I learned a lot.
“I’d forgotten about it until I found it going through some old books. He’d told me to return it to him the following week. At least it is still absolutely spotless. Apart from the fact the pages are yellow it is in good condition.”
Joe is one of six former Stockport Art College pupils from the 1960s who are displaying work at the art gallery, on Wellington Road South.
They went to the now closed college together in the 1960s and decided to put on the exhibition, entitled 50 Years Ago Today, after initially reuniting via the internet and email. All have gone on to pursue art as a career or hobby.
The exhibition, which runs until April 9, largely features their recent work although Joe has shown some pieces he produced when still at college.
He said: “I hadn’t seen any of the others for decades, so it has been great to talk about old times.”
●● Joe Beard with the de Stael book
●● Alejandro Romei with some of his dog paintings