Filipino artist stages her first exhibition

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A FILIPINO woman who settled in Hucknall two years ago has launched her first art exhibition at the town’s library.

Mum-of-one Silma Hammer (55), of Linby Grove, has been painting since the age of 25.

Her skills are self-taught and mainly picked up from reading books about art.

The only time she has ever attended an art class was after she moved to Hucknall in April 2009.

Now she is showing 27 of her paintings at the Market Place library.

The selection is a mix of watercolours, pastels, oils and acryllics. It features subjects as varied as portraits, animals and flowers.

The exhibition is running now and will continue to Saturday November 5. Each piece is also for sale and Silma will be on hand to talk about her work on Friday lunchtimes.

“I am apprehensive,” said Silma. “I hope those who come to see the exhibition will appreciate my work.

“If I hadn’t done this exhibition now, when would I have got the chance? I thought that I might as well test the waters and go for it.”

Silma is married to David Webb (60). They met on the Internet and married on June 15 2009.

David had an exhibition at the library several years ago when he showcased vases, bowls and other pieces created with his wood-turning skills.

Added Silma: “David didn’t want me to use his portrait. But there are plenty of other pieces that will hopefully appeal to those who come and take a look.”

OUR PHOTO shows Silma at work, preparing for her exhibition — DISPIC NHUD11-2582-1.