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New exhibitions at Treasure House

Two new exhibitions have opened this week at the Treasure House in Beverley. “Birds, Blooms and Butterflies” turns the spotlight on Elizabeth Lambert, who lived in Beverley between 1791 and 1830 and produced hundreds of finely-detailed botanical and natural history drawings and watercolours. In addition, she also played the organ at St Mary’s Church. For many years, her artworks were stored in California, cared for by her descendant Nicholas McGegan, himself an international conductor of classical music. 

The exhibition displays these beautiful artworks for the first time and explores Elizabeth’s life, touching on the middle class society in which she lived. 

The second exhibition, called “Peripheral Vision: Straw People” is a series of fantasy drawings, mainly in gouache (GOO ASH) by Julian Swift, who studied at Manchester College of Art in the 1960s and then spent over 30 years as a graphic designer. 

In addition, visitors will also be able to see a series of new works created for Beverley Art Gallery by sculptor Michelle Reader. “Plastic Harvest’ will feature Michelle’s quirky sculptures created from the colourful and sometimes shocking plastic rubbish of everyday life. Michelle has been working with local children and some of their artworks have been added to the sculptures. Both exhibitions are free and continue until November 3rd.