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Treasures in MK
Perspectives of a New Volunteer
I recently had my introductory interview with Karen and declared my interest in art.
So I was delighted when Karen asked if I would accompany a group to the Treasures in MK art exhibition which is currently running at the Milton Keynes Art Gallery. Almost 200 works have been lent by almost 60 collectors from in and around Milton Keynes. The items vary greatly in size, subject and were produced during the last 400 years. Artists include Matisse, Gainsborough and Picasso.
So on Monday 10th March, Paula, Kseniya and I set off from an event at the Age UK Centre at 1.30 pm and we greatly enjoyed a brisk walk to the Art Gallery. We were welcomed with tea and coffee and then Hannah gave us an excellent tour about a small selection of the works of art.
Hannah described a small ‘composite’ horse being held by an Indian groom which was produced in about 1820. The outline of the prancing horse was filled with coloured images of real and fantastic animals. Soon after we learned about a larger black and white lithograph ‘Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester’ which was printed by Paula Rego in 2001. And she described a lovely collection of plates, tankards and candlesticks from the 1600s each of which was covered in a mosaic of iridescent mother of pearl pieces.
It was a very enjoyable afternoon in every respect. Thank you Hannah, Karen, Paula and Kseniya for a great start to my volunteering with Milton Keynes Reader Service.
Liz Le Voi