Those readers who live in and around Abingdon may or may not recognise the lovely scene, shown on the easel above with Ted Hallett the artist. Ted painted it with the help of a black and white photograph taken in 1900! and it is this painting that the Henley Arts and Craft Guild has chosen to publicise their upcoming exhibition at the Old Fire Station Gallery starting 21 April until 2 May.
You may well have seen many of Ted Hallett’s wonderful pictures over the years in our town and surrounding area; Ted has been exhibiting at the Old Fire Station Gallery in Henley for many, many years and has a permanent exhibition in the Health Centre in Twyford which raises money for medical equipment.
Ted, who is in his 80th year is a design engineer by trade – has been interested in painting and the arts since he was a child despite, as he says “having a falling out with my art mistress!”; as a teenager he loved painting outside and his many family holiday in Cornwall gave him a great love for that part of the world – so much so that he spent most of his holidays in St Ives and admits to probably painting St Ives from top to bottom over 50 times.
He says to this day he is still excited by “the challenge of an empty piece of paper” and still works prolifically from his studio in the garden of his Twyford home producing delightful paintings and prints of local beauty spots and also some more figurative pieces, in different mediums including oils, acrylics and watercolour. To see more of Ted’s pictures and many more from other talented members of the Henley Guild, don’t miss the exhibition and the Henley Arts Trail which runs at the end of the exhibition period – over the May bank-holiday weekend. There are also ceramics and sculptures on view – most of which usually sell like hot cakes.