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Date published: 18th July 2016

North Norfolk District Council’s public art gallery showcases new exhibition of animal portraits by local artist Alison Argent.

The new exhibition uses pastels to capture the likeness and personality of a series of pets.

Alison said: “I have been combining my love of art with my love of animals to produce portraits in pastels, a favourite medium that I find especially suitable for capturing the qualities of animals.”

Alison has lived and worked in Norfolk for over 30 years, moving here from Leicester. With a passion for drawing and painting and achieving a Foundation Course at Loughborough College of Art and Design, Alison has recently returned to creating animal portraits.

She added, ““My aim is to produce not just a picture of an animal but a portrait of a particular animal, capturing its likeness and character.”

Capturing Characters: An exhibition of animal portraits in pastel opens July 19 and runs at NNDC’s gallery until August 19, 2016.

NNDC seeks to offer free opportunities to local artists to display their work in the 1st Floor Gallery in the Council’s Holt Road offices in Cromer. Currently six exhibitions are held annually.

Cllr Becky Palmer Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture said: “It’s great to be able to offer artists a space to exhibit their works. It is often the boost they need to gain a wider audience. Capturing Characters is a super collection of pictures and we are pleased to be able to host them.”

The NNDC Gallery is open to the public on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8.30am – 5pm; Wednesday 10am – 5pm and Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm.

Last updated: 26th September 2016