High profile visit to Valley couple’s first exhibition

Clitheroe photographer Karina Begolo and artist Tony Begolo with Hyndburn MP Graham Jones.
Clitheroe photographer Karina Begolo and artist Tony Begolo with Hyndburn MP Graham Jones.

Two artists from the Ribble Valley have enjoyed a high profile visitor to their first exhibition.

Tony and Karina Begolo’s exhibition of art work and photos at Churchfield House, Great Harwood, has been visited by Graham Jones, MP for Hyndburn.

And during a private viewing of their work, the couple presented Mr Jones with a limited edition print of Martholme Viaduct by Tony. These will be available for members of the public to buy from the gallery in due course.

The couple, who live in George Street, Clitheroe, are hoping their first exhibition will firmly establish them on the local arts scene.

Tony (58), enjoyed a successful career as a hairdresser for many years working for a major salon in London for 12 months before running his own salon in Blackburn.

Now working as a secure receptionist at Calderstones, Whalley, Tony, who is predominantly a portrait artist, is eventually hoping to concentrate on his art full time.

One of father-of-three Tony’s most recent commissions is to paint a portrait of self-proclaimed former gangster Dave Courtney, who has become both an author and celebrity.

Fifty-year-old Karina, who trained at Newcastle College of Arts and Technology is also ploughing all her energy into her photography.

The mum-of-one and former nursery nurse is exhibiting examples of her photography at the exhibition alongside some of her three-dimensional crafting pieces.

The exhibition will run until September 17th and Churchfield House is open on Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm.