Reflections of Eston and Normanby
By Rob Nichols
Wednesday 13 Nov 2019 13:58:00
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Get down to TS1 Gallery on Corporation Road to catch the final week of a delightful little exhibition that shines a spotlight on Eston and Normanby through the eye and brush of artist, David Jowsey. It is an exhibition of 12 watercolours which David tells us “capture the heritage of two of the region's oldest neighbouring villages.”

David Jowsey

So much of the heritage of the old villages shines through the tender treatment of David, a local lad who has born and lived here most of his life. He therefore has an eye for some buildings and scenes that we might well drive past without a second glance. But with the palette of the artist they leap into life and that view of the cemetery lodge or the old high street pub might be a real revelation for us.

Once upon a time the adjacent villages lay on a busy east/west thoroughfare along Ladgate Lane, between Redcar and the suburban belt. Trolley buses would turn at Normanby Top before plunging north towards the works. Now, so often bypassed on the A174 Parkway, the villages and estates around Normanby and Eston are still connected by the old historic highways and bye-ways. David Jowsey brings the ivy and board clad bricks and mortar to life. He seeks to show that the old heart and spirit of the communities are still there by capturing in watercolours what he describes as the “cornerstones” of Eston and Normanby.

David Jowsey says of the exhibition, “I have lived most of my life within both villages, as has my family before me, so I have strong family connection to both villages.” David is a former Primary School teacher and an acclaimed published author of supernatural tales set in the local area. He clearly finds plenty of inspiration in his surroundings and this mini exhibition will help many of us look about us and draw inspiration ourselves.

David Jowsey

You can enjoy the dynamic dozen watercolours, positioned at the back of the gallery. Alongside are working drawings as well as hand typed information boards with old photographs of Normanby and Eston that should be fascinating to anyone who has lived or even passed through the area beneath the Eston hills. If you are lucky there might even be a calendar to snap up as well as prints of the individual paintings.

Gallery TS1 is situated opposite The Empire, 57 Corporation Road and is free entry 10am – 4pm Monday to Saturday. The gallery is run by a co-operative of artists and is crammed full of the work of local talents with loads of gifts ideas from paintings, to jewellery to cards and much more besides.

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