Art­work to go on show

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - HERALD & POST -

RE­TIRED teacher Rita Read­man has clutched a paint­brush for as long as she can re­mem­ber.

The grand­mother-of-four, from South Bank, taught for more than 25 years at Red­car Tech­nol­ogy Col­lege then the Fur­ther Ed­u­ca­tion Col­lege.

And now the for­mer art and de­sign teacher will show her lat­est project “Bright Lights” at Gallery TS1’s sum­mer ex­hi­bi­tion next month.

Rita, 72, said: “My in­spi­ra­tion for this se­ries of work has come from the beauty of my home town.

“I like to travel to my favourite places on Teesside; Whitby, Salt­burn, Red­car, and take lots of pho­tos. From there I de­cide what I think would make a nice paint­ing and de­cide whether it would be best to go with acrylic or ink.

“I de­cided to go with sharp, bright colours to bring a bit of light and hap­pi­ness to peo­ple who look at them. They seem to be quite popular on­line.”

At a young age Rita taught her­self to sew and later stud­ied dress de­sign at Mid­dles­brough Col­lege of De­sign.

She went on to marry and have three chil­dren, be­fore set­tling in Teesville. While work­ing at the col­lege, Rita wanted to ful­fil an am­bi­tion to cre­ate stained glass work and so took classes to learn the art. “I just love it,” Rita added. “It’s about show­ing your cre­ativ­ity. And if I can make peo­ple happy with my work then I will con­tinue to do so.”

The TS1 ex­hi­bi­tion, “Feel the Heat” kicks off at the com­mu­nity art gallery on Cor­po­ra­tion Road, on June 1 un­til July 11.

Visit the group’s Face­book page for more in­for­ma­tion.

Rita Read­man, and, left, one of her art­works

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