Art exhibition bridges family’s generation gap

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THE GENERATION gap was bridged during an art exhibition in Hucknall.

For grandad Colin Wybrow (73), of Walk Mill Drive, Hucknall, has shared some of the wall space at Hucknall Library with an artist much more junior in years — his 12-year-old grand-daughter, Lucy Wybrow.

To make it a genuine family affair, his wife, Audrey (73), has also been exhibiting one of her paintings.

Lucy, of Papplewick Lane, Hucknall, who goes to Hucknall National Church Of England Academy on Annesley Road, has exhibited a piece featuring a mountain range.

Audrey’s painting is of a wolf.

But 26 of the 28 paintings that have been on show — and up for sale — in recent weeks are Colin’s from a portfolio of work amassed over the last decade.

The pieces are mainly acrylic on canvas with a few watercolours thrown in for good measure.

A broad range of subjects are captured from wildlife and birds to motorbikes, trains, aeroplanes and landscapes.

This is the first time Colin has exhibited on his own, although his work has gone on show previously through his membership of Hucknall Art Society, which meets every Wednesday at the Central Methodist Church on Baker Street.

“I decided to take up painting when I retired ten years ago,” said Colin, who used to build electronic equipment for the Ministry of Defence.

“I really enjoy it. I never throw any of my work away. No matter whether you think it is a good piece or not, you can always learn from it. I feel I’ve improved because of that.”

Colin has thrown himself fully into the arts and has recently taken courses in wood carving and stone carving.

But it is painting that has captured his imagination the most. In the main he is self-taught, although he has had some tuition at the Patchings art centre at Calverton.

OUR PHOTO shows Colin, Audrey and Lucy with examples of their paintings and the rest of the works on display in the background — DISPIC NHUD12-0795-1