9 December 2009
Stella Carlton painting
A retrospective exhibition of paintings by local artist Stella Carlton-Kelly has resulted in a generous donation to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Stella Carlton-Kelly sadly died 5 January this year, although her work can still be found in many homes around the county and further afield. Married to Hereford GP, Dr Peter Carlton-Kelly, for almost 56 years, she was a popular figure – both within the local arts scene and also within Herefordshire and Worcestershire Lawn Tennis Associations, for whom she was an Honorary Life Vice-President.
Classically trained at both Norwich School of Art and the Byam Shaw Art School in London, her work was largely inspired by the people and beautiful countryside of Herefordshire and the surrounding Marches. Although portraiture was probably her greatest love, Stella was also known for her still lifes and landscapes, and was particularly skilled at conveying mood and atmosphere.
The exhibition was held at the Apple Store Gallery between 22 October and 25 October, and was attended by friends, family and members of both the Hereford Painting Club and Hereford Art and Craft Society. Her family, together with gallery owners David Laws and Marion Campbell, kindly agreed to donate £300 towards the Macmillan Renton Appeal from receipts of sales.
The Apple Store Gallery opened in 2005 with the hope that the venue would 'further the reputation of Herefordshire as the county of creativity as well as of beautiful scenery and heritage'. It is located close to the picturesque All Saint’s Church in Brockhampton and features the work of local artists and craft practitioners. Artists working on-site, portfolio and electronic portfolios, workshops, a framing service and refreshments all contribute to an enjoyable and stimulating experience.
For more information, and details of upcoming exhibitions, call 01989 740313 or visit their website: www.applestoregallery.co.uk .