Mercer’s Gallery’s stunning new book from People’s Choice exhibition

The Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate Borough Council

The Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate Borough Council

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By Graham Chalmers

The People’s Choice exhibition at Harrogate’s Mercer Art Gallery has spawned a colourful book just in time for Christmas.

The beautifully-illustrated account of how the districts’ residents chose their favourite works of art is a real eye-opener on the breadth and depth of the gallery’s fine art collection.

The exhibited works were chosen by a wide range of people throughout the Harrogate district, including the one chosen by myself on behalf of the Harrogate Advertiser Series.

Girl In A White Scarf, is a lovely Cubist portrait in pale blues by late British artist John Craxton who was initially influenced by Picasso.

The publication of the book of The People’s Choice exhibition ties in nicely with an event at the gallery this Saturday.

Visitors are invited to join staff in Mercer Art Gallery’s shop for tea/coffee, mince pies and discounts from 2pm to 4pm.

Currently the shop is stocking a book on the Victorian artist who is the subject of this year’s ‘blockbuster’ exhibition - Frank Holl: Emerging from the Shadows.

And it also has copies of a book about a previous a previous ‘blockbuster’ success - Atkinson Grimshaw: Painter of Moonlight.

One of his paintings, Silver Moonlight, was chosen by well-known actor, the Harrogate-born Hugo Speer for the recent The People’s Choice exhibition at Mercer Gallery.

l Frank Holl: Emerging from the Shadows runs at Mercer Gallery, Swan Road, Harrogate until March 20.