Nottingham couple raising funds to get speech therapist for local Parkinson’s patients
A Beeston-based husband and wife team, Mary and Brian Evans, have organised an exhibition of Irish art to raise funds for a speech therapist to help local people with Parkinson’s Disease writes Gerry Molumby.
Mary, a former schoolteacher in Long Eaton, originally came here from Belmullet Co. Mayo. Her husband Brian is a retired lecturer who started his career in engineering as a fitter, was born in Stapleford and spent many years working at the Stanton Ironworks.
The exhibition preview was opened last Tuesday at the Nottingham Society of Artists’ Gallery, on Friar Lane, by Parkinson’s UK’s Head of Local Networks Tyna Brych.
Mary told the Irish World: “We have always chosen Forty Shades of Green as the title for our exhibitions after the song written by Johnny Cash which made it’s way into the charts on Radio Luxembourg’s top 20 in 1961.
“That was the year Brian first visited my home in Co. Mayo and instantly fell for the rugged beauty of its landscape and the humour and music of its people.”
Since then they have returned every year and their artwork is strongly influenced by the landscape and the people of the west of Ireland.
“Brian has been living with Parkinson’s now for a number of years and finds the decline in his ability to speak to be a great loss but he benefits from speech therapy so we are delighted people both appreciate and buy our paintings while at the same time contribute to supporting Brian and others locally with Parkinson’s,” said Mary.
Alan Gardner, Chair of the Nottingham Society of Artists, said:”This is our first formal initiative for the Parkinson’s charity, though the society has regularly hosted events and exhibitions with a strong charitable dimension.
“Mary and Brian have exhibited with us in the past, as recently as 2016, and have promoted similar very well-attended exhibitions.
“We hope this raises much-needed funding for the valuable work done by Parkinson’s UK in the local area.”
The exhibition is open until next Sunday 10 September (10:30am-4:30pm daily) at the Nottingham Society of Artists Gallery, 71 Friar Lane, Nottingham.
Any unsold donated paintings will be auctioned off on Sunday 10 September at 2:30.
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