A co-op society of artists

Michael Howley (centre) with fellow artists Phil Darby (left) and Stephen Ormerod.(s)
Michael Howley (centre) with fellow artists Phil Darby (left) and Stephen Ormerod.(s)

An artist behind a co-operative gallery is hoping to find space for their work in the Ribble Valley.

Michael Howley, who used to teach classes at Whalley Adult Education Centre and was an artist-in-residence at Favell’s Art and Design in Clitheroe, is one of the partners in Art & Soul, a gallery and artists’ workshop in Burnley Road, Padiham.

“We created Art & Soul as a space where we could co-operate as artists,” said Michael, a former college tutor who gave up his teaching career to become a full-time artist.

“There’s a lot of interest in our gallery, and I’d also like to get our work into the Ribble Valley, where the art scene is thriving and where I hope people will remember my work from a few years ago.”

Michael, who specialises in landscapes and moodscapes, is currently exhibiting along with painters Stephen Ormerod and Gill Fox and photographer Phil Darby in “New Collections”, the third annual exhibition at the Art & Soul gallery, open 11 am to 4 pm Friday to Monday.

The exhibition runs until the end of January, and the gallery also runs workshops for artists to develop their skills. For more details see Facebook or www.artandsoul.uk.com

CHOICE OF TWO PICS:

Michael Howley (right) with Phil Darby in front some of their paintings and photographs (s)

Michael Howley (centre) with fellow artists Phil Darby (left) and Stephen Ormerod.(s)