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BARDSEA ART GROUP PAYS TRIBUTE TO 90-YEAR OLD FOUNDER

The Bardsea Art Group holds its bi-annual art exhibition from 10am – 5pm, Saturday 27th May to Monday 29th May at the Old Schoolroom in Bardsea, near Ulverston in Cumbria.

As a tribute to the group’s founder, now 90 years old and still a very active member of the group, the exhibition will include several of Ron Stacey’s paintings which are privately owned.

Happy using watercolour, oils, pastels or acrylic, Ron is a natural colourist and his work is revered for its loose, almost abstract style, using complementary colours to create stunning, atmospheric effects; pinpoints of light shine through, whether in depicting Morecambe Bay or the beauty of the Lakeland fells.

He says: “Knowing how to mix colour to achieve effects of light and shade is key in starting a new painting, I go straight to work with brush and watercolour, doing a preliminary sketch only if the subject calls for tight treatment. I have always tried to encourage our members to be free in their work, but most of all to enjoy it.”

Due to creaky knees and arthritis, nowadays it’s not as easy for Ron to work ‘en plein air’ as it used to be and he mainly works from photographs generously supplied by the many local, professional artists fit and young enough to still walk the fells of the Lake District and mountains of the world, many of whom are regular tutors to the Bardsea Art Group.
Professional artist Graham Twyford has been a visiting tutor to the Bardsea Art Group since its early days. Graham commented: “Throughout the years, Ron has provided not only boundless amounts of encouragement to the Bardsea Art Group, but he is also extremely generous in sharing his own knowledge, equipment and materials. Ron is a real presence in the Furness community of artists and an important figurehead for us all.”