1. BBC 'Your Paintings'
In 2013 one of our exhibits
in the Museum was linked to the BBC 'Your Paintings' project
which aimed to put online all the oil painting recorded digitally
for the National Art Catalogue of public collections. It launched
on February 8th. Spelthorne Museum had several paintings recorded,
and they now appear online along with 212,000 others.
The Museum did put a couple of our paintings, as seen on the
website, on show in the display case in the Thames Room (in
the middle of the Famous People of Spelthorne exhibition). There
were colouring cards etc for children as well.
The BBC did Projections
across the UK and Big Canvas Art Activities that were on local
BBC News. Various famous faces also created their own 'Your
Paintings Collections' online including John Sergeant.
The Spelthorne Museum Collection
paintings are shown below in a small size with a link to the
BBC website for each painting. On that page you can click on
the painting and it will be shown to you in a much larger size.
2. Latest Painting
Museum Acquires Important Painting of Staines'
Museum, Staines, has acquired at auction an important local
painting, Staines with St. Marys Church by
Edward H. Niemann. The large oil painting, which dates from
c1880, shows the Thames at Staines with St. Marys Church,
and was purchased for the museum with the generous assistance
of the Art Fund.
Nick Pollard commented This painting is an important addition
to our collection and forms a valuable record of the riverside
at Staines, when it still had a rural aspect. It will be the
centrepiece of future exhibitions of views of the riverside
in Spelthorne. We are extremely grateful to the Art Fund for
enabling us to purchase this painting, which otherwise would
have been beyond our resources. Niemann was well known
in the mid Victorian period for his views of the English countryside
and along the Thames in particular, and this is the first of
his work to be owned by the museum. It is now on display in
the Thames Room at the museum.
also acquired several other paintings, prints and other items
relating to the Boroughs history at the same auction,
for which it will be seeking sponsorship.
From the Rotary Club, Staines
This is a painting of the Market Square at Christmas in
the 1960's. It was used for a Christmas card in the 70's. The
Rotary Club donated it to the Museum in 2014.
Mary Stella Edwards
We do have
art work by Mary Stella Edwards, in our Storage area. We hope
to put an exhibit on of her works and work from other artists
in the near future. Keep checking in to see more news on this.