Arts expert draws big crowd


Birds of a feather: Art historian Paul Atterbury, centre, known for his patterned jackets, is joined by fellow fashionistas Jim Dickson, Neil Chapple, Peter McGinley and Doug Johnson. Picture: Supplied

ART enthusiasts flocked to hear British antiques expert Paul Atterbury speak at the March meeting of the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society in Mornington.

About 230 members and guests enjoyed a fascinating and well-illustrated presentation on The Canal Age, Mornington branch chairman Peter McGinley said. Mr Atterbury gave insights into the development of the network of canals in Britain, 1760s-1840s, that he said was at the heart of the Industrial Revolution. Their development was said to have had a major impact on artists such as John Constable and manufacturers such as Josiah Wedgwood. The talk looked at those who worked on the canal boats, especially working families who travelled the network in all conditions to earn an income.

Mr McGinley said this year’s program included a wide range of topics: A New Black Identity: The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, The Mistress of Romance meets the Master of Suspense: Daphne du Maurier and Alfred Hitchcock, and Rembrandt’s Vision: Dutch History Painting in the 17th Century.

ADFAS members learn about the arts in a friendly environment.

The next talk on Friday 4 May focuses on British artist William Hogarth. New members are welcome. The hour-long lectures are at 5.30pm at the Peninsula Community Theatre, Wilsons Road, Mornington. They are followed by light refreshments and an opportunity to meet the lecturer and fellow members.

Details: Lorraine Borthwick 0419 789 280.

First published in the Mornington News – 3 April 2018


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