Local artist Chris Reade brings beautiful watercolours to the Waterside Gallery

Local artist Chris Reade exhibited as part of the Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust’s first Open Exhibition this summer and returns this winter to the Waterside Gallery with his own solo exhibition. Visitors will be able to see Chris’ watercolour paintings from 20th November to 8th January 2018.

The delicate watercolours demonstrate a range of subjects, from winter wonderlands, to historical scenes, and even local landscapes. Chris’ paintings show such attention to detail, sparking visitors’ imaginations.

Following an unexpected career break for Chris at the end of 2000, and with more time on his hands, it was then time to consider – what next!

A number of computer learning projects soon ran their course, and next to come along in 2001 was an opportunity to get involved in a part time Watercolour course at Leasowes Community College, organised in conjunction with the Tim Nash School of Fine Art.

The real start of a serious interest in watercolour painting did not therefore start until 16 years ago, although Chris had always been a great admirer of work completed by his father, who for many years was a member of the Wolverhampton Society of Artists.

Working with Tim as a tutor, has been a huge benefit in terms of gaining knowledge with the subject matter, putting such knowledge into practice, and thereby having the confidence to produce a completed piece of work that is pleasing to the eye both for oneself, and others.

“Chris exhibited in our Open Exhibition and we’re so pleased to be able to display a wider range of his artworks in this solo exhibition”, said Holly Wain, Heritage Activities Assistant at Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust. “There is something for everyone in this exhibition. These original artworks are for sale at very reasonable prices and you can know you are supporting local art, and a local charity at the same time.”

Chris Reade’s exhibition will be on display from 20th November to 8th January 2018. All artworks are for sale and vary in price from £35 to £85. The exhibition is free to visit in the Portal Visitor Centre, 501 Birmingham New Road, Dudley, DY1 4SB.