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An artistic evening was had at Finch & Co

October 1st 2015
By: Mary.Wilkins
An artistic evening was had at Finch & Co

In the midst of the Merton Arts Trail, Finch & Company's office was filled with beautiful artwork by Kevin Williams, Ian Stephen and our very own Beryl Bowers.  It was the second annual Art Open Evening and like last year, was very successful.

The evening was an opportunity for local friends and residents to pop into the office and have a drink and nibbles, whilst enjoying the artwork. 

Beryl started painting in 2008 when her son bought her a term’s tuition at the local adult education centre.  She discovered a good friend was also attending the class which helped her to relax into this new environment.  Following this, she enrolled in a short course of drawing lessons and over the next few years, under the guidance of local artist Kevin Williams, she learned more techniques such as watercolour and mixed media.  Her favourite subjects are flowers and trees and she often produces her own Christmas cards.  Her winter scenes have been displayed in the office windows during the festive season.

Beryl’s friendly personality means that she has also made new friends who share her interest in art.  The feedback from within the local community has been positive and there is a great ‘buzz’ during the evenings while local people socialise and enjoy the artwork on display.

Kevin has always enjoyed painting, mainly in watercolour, alongside his career as a freelance graphic designer. One of his favourite locations is Wimbledon Common which he says is a constant source of inspiration.  He paints in all weathers which gives his work spontaneity and freshness. 

His enthusiasm is passed on to his students in the Adult Educations Centres where he has taught for around 16 years.  Kevin says “exhibiting at Finch & Co’s Merton Park office has been a great experience.  The idea of a ‘pop up’ gallery makes a very social evening and enabled me to meet friends and local residents, some of whom made a purchase! It says a lot about Finch & Co.”

Ian Stephen enjoys travelling to find inspiration but also is equally excited by the wealth of natural beauty he finds living in South West London – the parks and ponds are all on the doorstep and constantly changing throughout the seasons.

He says “light, contrasting warm/cool colours/tones are the most important aspects to my work to give dimension… life.” To find out more about Ian’s work – have a look at his website www.ianstephen-fineartist.com .