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News Release - Issued by the National Trust, Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Newton-on-Ouse Art Group Exhibition

-with original art, prints and cards for sale in the Hayloft Room, Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens
Saturday & Sunday, 13/14 Dec and 20/21 December.

An exhibition of original pieces by twenty artists from the Newton-on-Ouse Art Group is currently on show at the National Trust’s Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens. The exhibition celebrates 50 years since the group began, by bringing together a selection of works by current members, in various media from watercolour to felt and embroidery.

“Newton clearly has some very talented artists,” says Joanne Parker, Events and Marketing Co-ordinator, “And we are delighted to be hosting the exhibition at Beningbrough. “It’s in the historic stables and very atmospheric Hayloft Room and will be open for the next two weekends - an ideal time to come and browse, and perhaps purchase some original local art as a gift this Christmas.”

The artists have been inspired by a variety of subjects. The village and its surroundings have inspired some of the artists, such as Betty Hines with her watercolour paintings Driveway to Highfield, Shipton and the scenic All Saints Church from the viewing point of Fisher’s End. Beningbrough Hall and parts of the estate feature in some paintings, and Georgina Bean has chosen York as her subject, in colourful pen and wash.

Unsurprisingly, the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales and Moors is well represented, such as in the striking vinyl and drypoint engravings by John Dawick. There are also images of flora and fauna, with Judith Hartup contributing intricately detailed watercolour paintings on velum, such as Tansy Beetles shown in all their iridescent glory on the tansy plant. Other artists have been inspired by more abstract subjects, and scenes further from home.

Beningbrough is open weekends throughout winter, 11am – 3.30pm. The exhibition is free but normal admission charges to the property apply or free entry to National Trust members. For more information, tel: 01904 472027 or visit

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Notes to editor:
Access can be made available at a time to suit if interested for photographs or a chance to interview some of the artists.

For more information, interviews or images please contact:
Jo Parker
01904 472017 (direct) / 472027 (office)

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