A tribute to our friend; ‘Zebra’
Last week was brilliant at Mission Gallery we had lots of visits from artists who have donated work for the Art Auction (20th Aug – 2pm) at the famous Reading Room on Alexandra Road. Amongst the lovely artists to pop into Mission Gallery was Claire Curneen who brought along 4 year old Esther.
Inspired by our friend, ‘Zebra – the pencil sharpener’, Esther drew a fantastic portait of him which has been chosen as this weeks feature drawing .
Zebra is made of wood and features some lovely stripes and a kind smile. He came to Mission Gallery via a dark and gloomy attic. Following his release, Zebra donated his life to helping pencils create bright and beautiful drawings. As with many of our volunteers at Mission Gallery, Zebra was happy in his work and a valuable team member. He understood the aims of Mission Gallery and helped us to achieve many of our desired goals. His particular area of interest was education and he could be found on a daily basis in our new Books & Resource Area. He was a friendly pencil sharpener who stood proudly on his island of red. He inspired many young artists and liked mainly green pencils. Zebra was not so keen on large triplus learner’s pencils, as their triangular shape often got stuck in his belly. Esther’s realistic portrait is the last known image of Zebra as we came in on this bright Monday morning to find Zebra in pieces! Zebra stayed in safe hands with the full-time staff during the children’s workshop today with tutor Keith Bayliss and assistant Lauren Savigar. Lauren is a wonderful volunteer at Mission Gallery and has kindly volunteered to take Zebra away for some TLC. We wish Lauren and Zebra all the best and look forward to seeing him again soon.
In the meantime if you would like to visit his portrait he is on display in Mission Gallery courtesy of Esther during 15th- 21st August.
Children’s Summer Art Workshops:
Colour | Monday 8th August
Collage | Monday 15th August
Pattern | Monday 22nd August
Morning Session: 10am – 12pm | Afternoon: 1pm – 3pm
Colour, Collage and Pattern workshops inspired by the paintings of Jane Phillips and led by artist Keith Bayliss. The results of these workshops will be displayed alongside Jane’s paintings during August Bank Holiday Weekend:
27th – 29th August 2011.
£7.50 per workshop | Ages 5 – 13 only | Booking and pre-payment essential
01792 652016 | firstname.lastname@example.org