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Events on 14th Feb 14

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Yoga For All

Date: 6th Jan 2014 - 26th Feb 2014

Location: Whalley & Clitheroe Old Grammar School and Carter Leisure

Time: 19:00 - 20:30

Cost: £6 per session

Dates for sessions Monday at 7pm, Tuesday 9.15am and Wednesday 10.30am. For more course/class details contact Christine on 07774064837.

New Yoga Classes to help develop breathing, stretching and strengthening, flexibility and relaxation.  Classes taught by experienced british yoga tutor.

Exhibition - Ribble Valley Open Winner 2013

Date: 31st Jan 2014 - 22nd Feb 2014

Location: Platform Gallery - Education Room, Station Road, Clitheroe, lancashire, BB7 2JT

Cost: Free

Exhibition of work produced by the Ribble Valley Open 2013 prizewinner Glen Purchase.

Ribble Valley Open Prize-winner 2013

Glen Purchase

31 January - 22 February 2014 (closed Sundays)

Monday - Friday 9.00am-5.00pm, Saturday 10.00am - 4.30pm, tel. 01200 425566

Each year the Clitheroe Castle Museum host a Ribble Valley Open Exhibition, displaying selected artwork inspired by the Ribble Valley. In 2013 Glen Purchase of Clitheroe was awarded the Ribble Valley Prize, which showcases and celebrates the diversity and excellence of the current art practice in the Ribble Valley. As part of her prize she won this opportunity to have a solo exhibition within Ribble Valley.

"I have always loved to draw and paint and making things in general. I would have loved to have been trained as an artist, but got sidetracked into teaching infants instead. Throughout a long career in primary education, I used to dream of the day when I could retire, and paint! And five years ago, I did just that, except of course that retirement is not one long holiday of free time, as I had imagined, and as any retired person will confirm. Nevertheless, I have spent what free time I have had to learning about painting, and trying to improve what skills I have. I am mainly self-taught, and have tried as many different ways of producing an image as I can think of, oils, acrylics, computer generated pictures, but always come back to watercolours, as being the most beautiful. I love the transparency and the way the paint is so unpredictable. All watercolourists will understand when I say that most of my best efforts have been 'happy accidents'.

After completing a City and Guilds Course in fashion design, I became fascinated by fabrics. I have recently become a member of the Embroiderers Guild, and am developing my embroidery skills.

My main interest now is to capture a visual experience using paints, fabrics and stitches. I like to sketch outdoors, unless anyone is watching, when I take a photograph and retreat to my little attic studio in Eshton Terrace. (From my window I am lucky enough to be able to see Clitheroe Castle, Pendle Hill and a lovely old mill chimney). I then try to develop the idea using my sewing machine and a huge stash of fabrics and threads.

My sketchbooks over many years are filled with memories of the places I have seen, flowers, birds, people - and the only thing I miss from my native Northumberland after living happily in the beautiful Ribble Valley for many years - the sea!"

Glen Purchase