The drawing and painting group known as the Cleveland Art Society has often, throughout its history, had musical accompaniment to its exhibitions in galleries and museums. Its plan for this month is to invite folk duo, Margaret and Tony Maughan, to add their magic to the opening evening of the art group’s ‘Big Summer Exhibition’ at Stokesley Town Hall.
The Maughans were friends and fans of the legend Vin Garbutt who sadly passed away in June. Vin was one of the most popular singers on the British folk music circuit. Dubbed the Teesside Troubadour, Vin found inspiration for his songs from his Irish mother’s family, as well as from the industrial landscape of his home town and stories of its townspeople. And with much of the art on display holding local references, the combination of the two art forms should be fitting.
A topic of conversation will inevitably be shared memories of Vin during the evening to the backdrop of paintings and prints; some of the artwork might even be Teesside industrial inspired – right up the local folk scene’s street.
Joint winning students from CCAD will also be awarded their prize for being this year’s most outstanding first-year art students. The Art Society has operated the Harry Lorraine Award for many years and is a legacy left to the young art community by late member, Harry who had been part of the fixtures and fittings of the group for decades.
The brand new exhibition, curated by Cleveland Art Society, opens at 7:00 pm on Friday 11th August. The exhibition is open from 10:00am-4:00 pm most days, except Sundays, up until Friday 25th August.
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