Le Weekend - a Northern Perspective.
It provokes a massive attack of writer's block or the despatching of mental search parties in any direction desperately looking for interesting subject matter with an iota of County content. I hope my latest article will appeal to some readers without upsetting others who see red when they see City blue!!
Pirlo and Rooney
As we walked up the stairs to enter the gallery, we passed several large bonsai in amazing mother of pearl pots, preparing us for the impressive elegance of the large well-lit room the exhibition was hung in.
My friend decided to dazzle in a shirt straight out of Hawaii Five 0 and the vibrant colour turned her in to someone the gallery owner thought he recognised from off the telly!! We all ended up with free cups of coffee from the gallery on the strength of the mistaken identity.
Going to the Match - Ben Kelly
We did have to walk past a few pieces ablaze with City scarves painted by Ben Kelly, who was artist in residence there during the 2007/2008 season but the experience was bearable. I had to laugh at the positioning of a couple of drawings by Harold Riley, a big United fan and mate of Sir Alex, which were placed on a little wall well-hidden from general public view so as not to offend the sensitivities of the City elite.
Car Park - Liam Spencer
As well as the usual Lowrys, artists such as Liam Spencer and Alan Lowndes filled the walls with large work that pictured the back streets of Greater Manchester or, in Spencer's case, neon-lit night-time inner cityscapes.
Oldham St, hazy sunshine - Liam Spencer
Alan Lowndes was born in Heaton Norris, Stockport and I like to think he may have visited E.P. in his younger days. He painted many scenes around Stockport, some which can be seen at Stockport Art Gallery. He preferred his work to be described as 'honest, rather than naive'.
Egerton Mews, Stockport - Alan Lowndes
The Park, panorama of Stockport - Alan Lowndes
Most of the paintings had been red spotted so I'm sure there was general satisfaction all round. It makes me sad to think that a lot of the work may have been bought as investments and will be stashed away unseen until prices rise enough to make it worthwhile reselling them.
My dabbles in art collecting only go as far as buying the odd affordable painting off ebay where many a budding Lowry displays his/her work to the world.
I did toy with the idea of writing to the Sheik to ask for first refusal on one of his decadent bonsai should they decide to have a future makeover on the Chairman's Club. On second thoughts though, I don't think I'd get it through the front door!!