Tales of the Dales opened last Friday evening at Wensley Church (CLICK HERE for a map) and has had a steady stream of visitors.
The church of Holy Trinity, Wensley is looked after by the Churches Conservation Trust. Its very beautiful - medieval wall paintings, ornate carvings, lovely stonework and a serene atmosphere - and a lot of people are discovering this gem for the first time.
The Preview saw the launch of two books: The Penhill Giant - a story book for children - and Tales of the Dales - which contains all the stories collected for the exhibition plus the paintings they inspired. Tales of the Dales nearly didn't make it for the show due to a breakdown at the printers but, with only two hours to go, it finally arrived. To buy either of them CLICK HERE.
Some of the paintings have caused a lot of interest, in particular the ones that deal with the dissolution of the monasteries, the Settle Carlisle Railway, potholing and peoples' favourite hill walks. The other main point of interest is my technique for mixing watercolour and indian ink. You can see this in action in a short film about the exhibition - CLICK HERE.
The show runs till August 11th and I'm at the church every day from 10 am to 5 pm. Come and see me if you're in the area. For full details of the exhibition CLICK HERE.