Veteran artist puts Hucknall in picture

ARTISTIC FLAIR -- David Kinton with his picture of Hucknall High Street
ARTISTIC FLAIR -- David Kinton with his picture of Hucknall High Street

A LOT of people who have never visited Hucknall will now have a better idea of what the town centre looks like — thanks to a work of art.

For the pastel picture of High Street by David Kinton, of Eastwood, was displayed for a week at the prestigious venue of the Nottingham Society of Artists gallery on Friar Lane in Nottingham city centre.

The large exhibit shows the traffic-light junction of High Street and Watnall Road, with cars in the foreground and Hucknall Parish Church also to be seen.

David (76) attends an art course at Watnall Road Community Centre, Hucknall on Friday afternoons. He produced the picture from a photo provided by course tutor Robin Bellamy.

First taking an interest in art about 12 years ago, David gained two qualifications in the subject at Basford Hall College and then received tuition from Rosemary Wells, of Sherwood.

He achieved the special milestone of having his own exhibition at Eastwood Library in January last year.

The community-centre course reflects an upsurge of interest in art among residents of the Dispatch district. It is proving of benefit both to beginners and to more experienced artists who want to develop their talents further.

Former Dispatch chief reporter Denis Robinson, who is taking part in the course, said: “I joined because I was looking for a new hobby after my retirement and I am now really enjoying the experience.

“We are a very friendly group and a particularly nice thing about it is the way we encourage each other.”