Artists look back at the Christmas story of Bethlehem

Bethlehem, a painting on show in the Christmas at 35 exhibition at 35 Chapel Walk, Sheffield
Bethlehem, a painting on show in the Christmas at 35 exhibition at 35 Chapel Walk, Sheffield
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Christmas at 35 Chapel Walk

Contemporary community art space 35 Chapel Walk Gallery offers an alternative to Christmas craft this year.

The gallery, which is situated half way down Chapel Walk in Sheffield city centre, will be exhibiting work of various media from artists which focuses on the stories we hear about Bethlehem, 2,000 years after the small town had its moment of fame.

Becky Gee from the gallery said: “For most of us the events of Jesus’ birth and the current situation in the city are distant in time and space.

“All we have are the stories we hear – some are hopeful and some are heart-breaking.

“The exhibition offers an escape from shopping and even from tradition, a welcome break during this festive season.

“The gallery, which is known within the local community as a space which welcomes all art forms from local artists, has taken the opportunity to utilise the contemporary space by curating a more refined exhibition of artists.

“Works in paint, pencil, print and installation are brought together in a thought-provoking display which questions the perceived peace in the small town.”

Artists exhibiting are Keith Barley, Paulette Falcidia, Jess Smedley, Ric Stott and Lee Hoyland.

The show’s private view takes place tonight 7pm–9pm.

The gallery will be open up to Christmas Eve, from Monday to Saturday, 10.30am to 5.30pm, with an open evening on Sunday from 7.30pm to 9pm for Winter Solstice Quiet Meditation.

Members of the public are welcome to attend either of the special events.