First show of the year sees wide Diversity of art at People’s Gallery
Tuesday 21st January 2014 13:37 Community Posted by Max Wieland
PICTURE PERFECT: Artists pose with their widely varying works of art. Back, from left, Kerbad Marolia, Geoff Wright, Gordon Clegg and Sandra Crake with, front from left, Chelsea Carr, Hilary Carr and Michael Halley.

PICTURE PERFECT: Artists pose with their widely varying works of art. Back, from left, Kerbad Marolia, Geoff Wright, Gordon Clegg and Sandra Crake with, front from left, Chelsea Carr, Hilary Carr and Michael Halley.

A Stalybridge Art Gallery was packed to the rafters for the launch night of 2014’s first exhibition.
In total 11 artists had work on display at Melbourne Street’s People’s Gallery leading to the name ‘Diversity’, due to the number of diverse styles from the various volunteers.
“It was a brilliant night and that wasn’t a surprise because it’s a great exhibition,” said the Gallery’s manager Gordon Clegg.
“The volunteers involved range from the age of 20 to over 70 and that is reflected really well in the artwork they have produced collectively.”
Since the Gallery’s re-launch at the end of 2012 the monthly exhibitions produced by the People’s Gallery have gathered more interest as time passes. With the latest one on Friday bringing in a near full-house, Gordon explained to the Tameside Reporter it was because there “was something for everyone.”
He added: “There is nothing too challenging to look at, all of the art on display is very accessible.
“Whether it’s watercolour, oil, landscape or abstract, I would say it is all very pleasant on the eye and I think that’s why the popularity of the Gallery has grown and grown.
“Thankfully interest in our exhibitions is getting bigger and bigger all of the time.”
‘Diversity’ is on display until January 31, at which point a new exhibition will take over. The next display will be curated by David Stockwell, former head of art at Manchester Grammar school. His exhibition’s preview night will be open to the public on Friday, February 7, from 7.30pm.
– Also featured on our Stalybridge page in this weeks Tameside Reporter (January 16 edition) you can read about the ‘£3m primary school plans at Silver Springs Academy.’