The canal gardens, Roundhay
Art Appreciation Group
Leeds U3A art group has been going for a number of years. I have been running it since 2015 and we have covered mainly modern art (1900-now) but we are open to older prominent artists. It is a relaxed atmosphere where we look at the career and then work or various aspects. There is plenty of time for discussion. We always have a coffee and further discussion afterwards at either the Bowery or Salvo's café in Headingley – all welcome. It is predominantly ladies who attend; it'd be nice to balance things out. Some preparation is useful but not essential. Understanding can be improved by attending galleries or watching TV programmes.
Email Vince Mihill at firstname.lastname@example.org, or ring 07804 191189 if interested.
Visit to Harrogate, 31 January 2020
Meeting at the bus station we set off for Harrogate. It was a mild day and we stopped off at Walker Galleries to look at some local art. There were a few Laura Knights there. After passing the beautiful Farrah's toffee shop and some other elegant buildings we found the Mercer Art Gallery. The main exhibition was a collection of between 15 and 20 of Turner's Tour of England paintings. The best of these were Scarborough Castle and KIrkstall Abbey. His observations of light were stunning. We were reminded why he is still of interest now. There was also an Isabel Rawsthorne painting from 1951, she was a muse of Bacon and I think Freud. There were also some interpretations of landscape from year 5 and 6s. The staff there were extremely helpful and welcoming. Indeed they directed us to the superb Palm Grove restaurant/tea rooms. A goodly array of refreshments were available with items such as savoury tart and a much admired lemon and orange scone. A good discussion was enjoyed before setting off homewards on a fairly scenic journey back.