Words and photos by Katrina Ffiske.
In the centre of Salisbury, the Young Gallery can be found on the first floor of the library in the Market Square.
Running until the end of December is an exhibition by many of the supporters of the gallery.
There was a buzz at the preview, held at the end of November, when artists, friends and art collectors gathered for the launch of this impressive exhibition.
The works include landscapes, portraits, sculptures, photographs and abstract works with many at affordable and reasonable prices.
Tim Chadsey, one of the gallery’s trustees was there to launch the exhibition: “Many of the supporters are volunteers from various walks of life and come together to contribute their expertise and time to ensure the gallery builds on recent successes,” said Tim.
“This exhibition is a way of thanking them for all their help, while the public gets to see a wide range of exciting, varied art from the local artists.
“The Supporters of the Young Group (SoYG) is a close-knit group without whose tireless support our gallery couldn’t function.”
The mayor of Salisbury, Tom Corbin was there and commented on how lively the Salisbury art community is.
His comment rang true, as throughout the evening there was a wonderful warm atmosphere, with all the artists being very supportive of each other’s work and all very keen to see The Young Gallery flourish.
The gallery was established in 1913, opening with the original bequest by Edwin Young. The collection comprises approximately 535 watercolours, drawings and unfinished works of art, all executed by Edwin Young (1831-1913) who was a competent and prolific Victorian watercolourist.
The exhibition runs until December 31 and has many affordable artworks, which would make perfect Christmas presents.
Artists include John Bruce, June Cluett, Tracy Dovey, Judi Glover, Steve Neville, Karen Welsh, Mylene O’Connor and Nick Phillips.