Eye-catching art showcased at Woodend

LOCAL artists displayed their works at the latest Woodend Arts Fair in Mossley.

Hundreds visited Woodend Mill for the two-days of the fair over the weekend of May 11 and 12.

And for artist Chris Cyprus two clients from Lincolnshire visited him to see his work which is of local landscapes and rural scenes, mostly within a 10-mile radius of his studio.

Chris exports his work worldwide thanks to the internet allowing him to advertise globally.

“The world wide web opens up markets and it is no longer a small world. I have recently sold work to America and Germany and often it is to ex-pats,” he explained.

Chris has appeared on BBC programmes The One Show and Gardeners World which has also increased his profile.

He was on The One Show to promote his book Northern Lights, a series of northern scenes at night.

It is a limited-edition production of 250 which are individually numbered and comes in a special box and also includes a print. It retails at £125.

Chris also produced the book in paperback and all 200 copies have been sold at £40.

A self-taught artist, Chris worked in the building industry until a back injury ended that career and initially he sold paintings in pubs for £50 and £60 a time.

There was also a northern flavour for Hugh Winterbottom’s latest series of work.

It is entitled Northern Tone and features local landscapes.

Judith Alsop-Miles also featured local landscapes including an impressive Diggle snow scene in acrylic and a watercolour of Hartshead Pike.

Jean Fitzhugh’s new line is artwork on tiles and her range included one of Woodend Mill.

Nancy Crilley specialises in art textiles while Kimberley Morris, situated on the fifth floor, has produced some impressive life oil paintings and etchings, some of which are life sized.

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