Col­lege stu­dent re­turns book to his tu­tor – af­ter 50 years

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

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.”

Joel Good­man

●● Joe Beard with the de Stael book

●● Ale­jan­dro Romei with some of his dog paint­ings

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