Secrets of exhibition revealed at event
AN artist whose grandparents inspired an exhibition at a historic mill will talk about their work at a special event.
The exhibition at Quarry Bank Mill in Styal features art by Barbara Greg and Norman Janes inspired by the mill.
Barbara grew up in Styal in the early 1900s and was a descendant of Samuel Greg who was the mill’s founder. She married Norman Janes, whose family was also in the mill business.
Their artwork was influenced by nature, industry and the mill community, as well as each other, and is on display at the National Trust site as part of the Drawn out of Love exhibition.
The couple’s original engravings, lino-prints, watercolours and art materials are showcased in the exhibition, which allows visitors to follow Barbara’s life from student to artist and illustrator of books such as The Poacher’s Handbook.
The couple’s granddaughter Emily Janes, who helped curate the exhibition, will give a talk to give further insight into the talented duo.
She will be sharing tales of their life and love of art on Sunday, February 15, at the mill.
Kate Picker, visitor experience officer at Quarry Bank, said: “It will be a unique insight into the lives of two people who were a part of Wilmslow’s history.
“Anyone who is interested in local history, art or Quarry Bank will really appreciate this chance to connect with a relative of two people that have such strong links to the area.”
Emily Janes’ talk is on Sunday, February 15, between 1pm and 3pm.
Normal mill admission charges apply but the event is free.
Booking is essential, by calling 01625 445845 or visiting nationaltrust.org. uk/quarry-bank.
The free exhibition is open 11am to 4.30pm until Sunday, April 19.
Barbara Greg and Norman Janes. Right: Granddaughter Emily Janes with one of the works of art