Art show brings out hidden talents

Roman Ridge Extra Care Art show. Mary Chan with one of her works

Roman Ridge Extra Care Art show. Mary Chan with one of her works

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IT’S never too late to pick up a paintbrush!

Residents at a care home in Wincobank have been getting a taste of the artistic life - by showing off their own paintings in a special art exhibition.

Roman Ridge Extra Care Housing held the event after support worker Emma Dickinson noticed the talents of some of its 95 residents, who are all aged over 55.

Just under 20 artists took part in the exhibition, said manager Tracy Marples, including 92-year-old Elsie Middleton, who entered a landscape picture depicting a row of houses.

“Emma thought it would be a good idea, and it’s gone down really well,” Tracy said.

“The quality has amazed me, some of them are absolutely beautiful. You could easily sell them.

“What’s interesting is a lot of these residents didn’t start painting until quite late in life.”

The residents created the paintings with a variety of materials, including watercolours and oils, and other works included pictures of nature scenes and flowers.

One resident, Angie Cain, took a more challenging approach to her paintings, with a series of abstract pieces.

“It keeps them active,” said Tracy.

“It’s amazing how many people have come down to see the works that have been displayed.”

Roman Ridge opened two years ago and features 80 flats with its own cafe, shop and hairdressing salon, as well as a programme of regular activities.

The budding artists have been honing their talents in a weekly arts and crafts club.

Tracy said the exhibition went so well there could be a second in the near future.

“We’re thinking of doing another one in the New Year and letting the public in,” she added.

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