An interesting day visiting three venues to see the present exhibitions and a preview at Salford Art Gallery.
After a pleasant walk down into Eccles, through the Maker's Market, and admiring the foods on offer;
I aimed for the Town Hall, where a local photographer, Dag Pagan, had an exhibition for the day.
However, having set off early, I decided to look in on the Eccles Community Gallery and to my surprise Dag also had work on show here. I also met some fellow members of my art club who were making their way to the Town Hall as well.
At the the Hall, it was impressive to see all of his photographs together, rather than odd ones on Facebook. It was nice to have a chat with him about his work before settling down for something to eat, with my wife, Sue, who had joined me by then. Having purchased one of his calendars of local scenes, we set off for our next stop at Salford Art Gallery.
Here a local artist David Coulter, had a preview of his local scenes. I had been impressed with these on Facebook and was looking forward to seeing them in a gallery.
On our way to this exhibition, we stopped and viewed the Tony Warren retrospective which had details of his life and lots of Coronation Street memorabilia. It was interesting to find out about his background story and the programme will always bring back memories, as it was based in my city and the original street was a street in Ordsall; near where I started teaching.
David had a few of his paintings alongside the Tony Warren exhibition as well as a full display on the Stairway Gallery. As we were looking around, his young grandson, being very proud of his grandfather, told us about a couple of the paintings; explaining that one of the children in the cafe painting was him!
The paintings did not disappoint, although this was an unusual preview. As his work was displayed on the stairs, everyone who attended the preview, had retired to the cafe for food and drink, leaving the Stairway Gallery empty! Later, I had a chance to chat with David, who recognized me but we couldn't work out where from!
An interesting time and a chance to catch up with friends and view the work of local artists.