A GUIDE TO THE PICTURESQUE VILLAGE ON THE SOLWAY COAST
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L S Lowry visited West Cumbria over many years to call on friends and painted many local scenes including Maryport, Cleator Moor and Workington. He befriended Aspatria born artist Sheila Fell, whom he called the greatest landscape painter of her generation. Sheila died in 1979, aged just 48 and many of her paintings are now held in major public and private collections, including the Tate Gallery, Walker Art Gallery and in the Government Art Collection.
The troubled genius Percy Kelly, born in Workington, lived in Allonby for many years and sketched and painted local scenes of villages, farm buildings, fishing boats and the nearby fells. His fascinating life story is now being told through various books published by Castlegate House Gallery in Cockermouth and in the wonderfully illustrated letters that he sent to friends and family.
In one of his letters he wrote “I cannot paint for monetary gain. I would rather starve than sell one piece of my work - but when I depart this world people will stop and wonder at the beauty and truth I have endeavoured to portray”.
Another talented local figure, was Jospeh J Heskett, son of a shoemaker he became a prize-winning bass vocalist, a writer, a poet as well as a photographer. Although not well known for his paintings a very fine painting of Allonby hangs at the Maryport Maritime Museum. Your paintings BBC
Current local artists include artist and architect Malcolm Wilson. Malcolm lives in Carlisle and has painted some incredibly dramatic scenes of Allonby and West Cumbria.
Allonby's annual art exhibition of work by local artists is held either the last weekend in July or the first weekend in August in the village hall, £1 entry.
Hercules and the Farmer's Wife: And Other Stories from a Cumbrian Art Gallery
Sheila Fell, A Passion for Paint
The Man Who Couldn't Stop Drawing: The Extraordinary Life of Percy Kelly
Cumbria Artists Open Studios