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Lingering Presence

Wednesday 15 October to Sunday 9 November

Free Entry: October 10am to 5pm, daily and November 10.30am to 4pm, weekends only

Meet the Artists: Saturday 18 October, 12 noon to 3pm, with music by harpist Sarah Dean, for 30 minutes at 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm. 

Photographer and poet Phil Cornelius, pastel artist Keith Blessed and candle-maker Chris Jones explore the spiritual nature of the North York Moors and coast. 

Keith Blessed 

Pastel artist Keith Blessed was born in Doncaster in 1953. He worked in hospital pathology labs and the pharmaceutical industry before taking early retirement in 2001, when he moved to the picturesque seaside town of Whitby.

Keith is passionate about promoting the use and understanding of painting with pastels.

His sources of inspiration are the seascapes and landscapes of the northeast coast and moors, in particular their ever-changing moods and atmosphere. 

He portrays dramatic sunrises, sunsets and stormy skies in equal measure, showing the contrasting light and shadow in vibrant detail. His work is on display in the Cellar Gallery in Whitby, and he is also a member of the Pastel Society of Australia.

Previous exhibitions include:

Staithes Festival of Art

Ferens Art Gallery, Hull

Pannett Art Gallery, Whitby

East Coast Open, Scarborough

Kirkleatham Hall and Museum, Kirkleatham, 

Great Sheffield Art Show, Sheffield

Gallery 49, Bridlington

Pierrepoint Gallery, Thoresby Park, Nottinghamshire

Grape Lane Gallery, Whitby