Local artists exhibit at the Portal

Local Castle Art Group and Brierley Hill artists are holding exhibitions at the Portal over the next two months.

We’re thrilled to showcase such gifted local artists with this new exhibition. There is such a variety of subjects and techniques which are celebrated. We hope that this diversity might inspire visitors to give it a go themselves!

The Castle Art Group meets weekly in the Visual Arts Studio at Castle High School in Dudley. The members of the group are amateur artists who enjoy developing their skills. They are encouraged to experiment in a wide range of media including drawing, painting and printmaking. Although most participate for pleasure, some members choose to follow a more formal path in order to gain qualifications such as GCSE and A level Art and Design.

The exhibition features works in a range of media created by Castle Art Group students, including Acrylic, Oil, Watercolour and Pastels. Subjects include bright and rich studies from nature such as Jess Harris’ ‘Peony’ and Veronica Price’s ‘Orange Wallflowers’. Students have also chosen local studies such as Ann Shirley’s ‘Canal Bridge’ and ‘Dudley Castle’.


The Brierley Hill- based artists work in a range of media, including watercolour, acrylic and mixed media.

Artist Tim Nash has been exhibiting for 30 years, and teaches seven art classes per week in watercolour, mixed media and acrylic. For this exhibition, Tim is displaying atmospheric and rich textured works in watercolour and mixed media of a range of landscapes including harbours, mountain scenes and countryside views.

As well as Tim’s paintings, the exhibition includes the work of Bev Challinor, Elaine Skidmore and Gail Belchamber who attend the Brierley Hill Neighbourhood Learning Centre where Tim teaches. Bev began painting in 2013, prior to that the only brush she owned was for sweeping the path! She joined Tim’s art class at Brierley Hill and began experimenting with painting in mainly watercolour, as well as mixed media. She’s now been bitten by the painting bug and enjoys the company of like-minded people. Bev’s works in this exhibition include ‘Cabin at the Waterside’ and ‘Me and My Bird’.

Elaine has been painting since 2008. She’s a member of the Victory Painting Group, Brierley Hill District Art Society and attend Brierley Hill Neighbourhood Learning Centre. She has a passion for watercolour but paints in all mediums and takes inspiration from landscapes and animals. At the Portal, Elaine’s works take inspiration from nature with ‘Red Berries’ and ‘Poppy Field’.

Gail has been painting since 2010. She was inspired by a work colleague to take the plunge and has never looked back! Gail is now deputy chairman of Wall Heath Art Club, a member Brierley Hill District Art Society and Hagley Art Club. Gail paints in all mediums but she loves watercolours as there’s no place to hide any mistakes it’s an interesting and challenging medium. Gail’s work is mainly focused on landscapes but lately she has been painting animals and narrowboats. For this exhibition, Gail is exhibiting a range of different works from woodland scenes and sea side cottages, to bright and colourful animals such as Peacocks and Robins.

The exhibitions are running throughout February and March and are free to visit. All of the original artwork featured in the exhibition will be for sale. For more information, visit the Trust’s website at www.dudleycanaltrust.org.uk or call 0121 557 6265. For information regarding art classes please call Tim Nash on 07941697672.