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Woodhorn Northumberland museum gives artists chance to show their work

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John Fulthorpe of the Federation of Northern Art Societies

The owners of more than 200 works of art have their fingers crossed that their painting or drawing will feature in a special exhibition to open at Woodhorn this coming weekend.

The Federation of Northern Art Societies is making a welcome return to Northumberland following a successful show at the museum at Ashington in 2008 when around 150 works were displayed from over 50 different regional art groups.

The selectors this year will once again have a challenge on their hands to choose the entries and reduce the numbers down to a more manageable quantity for display in the gallery.

“It is an open exhibition,” explained John Fulthorpe from FNAS, ”which means there are no restrictions on the subject matter or the medium used. As a result, the exhibition will be a wonderful mix of colours and materials featuring everything from gentle watercolour scenes to vivid oil paintings. We even have work from one artist who paints on tiles. There should be something to suit everyone’s taste.

“And there will be something to suit everyone’s pocket too, as many of the paintings will be for sale.”

The Federation has been organising these region-wide exhibitions for more than 60 years, with the very first being held in the Shipley Gallery in Gateshead. Last year it was the turn of the Customs House in South Shields, and prior to that, Preston Hall in Stockton, but they are always on the look out for new venues.

“Moving around the region gives us an opportunity to showcase amateur artists from all parts,” said John. “This year as well as being able to show off Northumberland talent, we have work from all over Tyneside, Durham and Cleveland.”

Liz Ritson, Woodhorn’s events and exhibitions officer is delighted to be able to host the exhibition once again. “The exhibition was very popular with our visitors last time. We know how much they enjoy having the opportunity to see such a significant collection of amateur paintings from right around the region under one roof.”

The exhibition opens to the public on October 22 and runs until January 29, 2012. It will normally be open Wednesday – Sunday. But as next week is half term, the museum will be open every day for family fun and Woodhorn’s fifth birthday celebrations.

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