See the new "109 Miles" Art Exhibition at Danby

10th May 2019

A major one-person exhibition is now underway at the North York Moors National Park’s Inspired by… gallery as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Cleveland Way National Trail.

For over a year Debbie Loane, as the trail’s artist-in-residence, has been preparing around 100 paintings and drawings depicting the diverse landscape of the Cleveland Way which runs across the North York Moors National Park and has helped inspired scores of artists since it opened on 24 May 1969.

Each piece within the 109 Miles exhibition at Danby, which runs from 11 May to 9 June, is based on Debbie’s interpretation of seven distinct stretches of the Cleveland Way using differing artistic styles – from charcoal drawings and watercolours through to collage compositions.

The work include scenes such as the wild landscape of Urra Moor, the pigeon lofts at Skinningrove; the iconic shape of Roseberry Topping and the houses clinging to the cliffs at Scarborough’s South Bay.

For the project Debbie has spent days walking sections of the trail in different seasons, revisiting spots to make sketches and collecting items that are eventually incorporated into the artwork. For instance visitors will see an image of Nettledale which includes pigment from local earth and charcoal, while a painting from Roulston Scar has been created with the help of mark-making materials such as grasses and pheasant feathers.

Alongside 109 Miles, visitors are able to see the Cleveland Way in Miniature, a collection of postcard-size works of art dedicated to the National Trail which will be available to purchase.  

A Meet the Artist event will be held on the opening day on Saturday 11 May from 2pm until 4pm. Debbie will also be leading a family drawing and a natural landscape workshop on Saturday 18 May and Sunday 19 May respectively. All her works will be for sale and there will also be an accompanying 20 page publication available to purchase.

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