The “Wild Places of Lincolnshire” art exhibition will be opened by the Chairman of Lincolnshire County Council, Cllr Roy Chapman, at 10.30am on Saturday 17 October at Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve near Skegness.
The exhibition is open to the public from Saturday 17 October until Saturday 21 November 2009. All the paintings are available to buy.
Bob Armstrong has spent the last year visiting, sketching and painting Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust nature reserves. The result is this unique exhibition of 22 original paintings that celebrate the work of the Wildlife Trust in its 60th anniversary year.
With almost 100 nature reserves in a county of nearly 2300 square miles and a 100 mile coastline, it was a major undertaking.
Bob Armstrong commented: "I decided to paint the nature reserves at different times of the year in order to produce a selection of paintings reflecting the wide variety and differing seasons. Each reserve seemed to represent a different challenge, since in addition to the usual painting difficulties, I was constantly aware of the need to achieve a sense of place."
Bob Armstrong had painted the landscape at Gibraltar Point several times before and after an enjoyable day’s birdwatching there, decided to push the boundaries out a bit. His plan was to produce 20 paintings of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust nature reserves to celebrate the Trust’s 60th Anniversary.
Bob said: "I managed to visit 41 reserves and now have a greater admiration for the wardens and volunteers alike who work so hard to keep these precious places for all of us to enjoy."