Christina Hargraves is set to show her latest exhibition 'Meadows' at RSPB Geltsdale and visitors are invited to see her work in the gallery space at the Hallbankgate nature reserve.
Having grown up on a farm near Allendale in the North Pennines, the artist has strong memories of working in the hayfields which have influenced her work. She has a deep love of the countryside and also draws inspiration from the beautiful surroundings of where she now lives in Lanercost near Brampton.
Christina Hargraves said: "If I were to be told that I could only paint wildflowers and meadows for the rest of my life I would be perfectly happy! I feel very privileged to be invited to exhibit at Geltsdale as it is one of my favourite places. I just love the peace and solitude to be found in this place".
'Meadows' will be on show in the gallery space at Stagsike Cottages - the information point at RSPB Geltsdale, everyday from Wednesday 27 July-Sunday 11 September, 9 am-5 pm and admission is free of charge.
Ian Ryding, Farmland Warden at Geltsdale said "We are delighted to be welcoming Christina Hargraves for this special exhibition. Meadows are an iconic part of our British countryside, but sadly just 3% of those that existed in the 1930's now remain in the UK. As home to a rich variety of wildlife including wildflowers, insects and birds, meadows are very important and we hope this exhibition will highlight just how special they are and why they need to be conserved."
For more information on events and wildlife spectacles at Geltsdale visit rspb.org.uk/geltsdale.
Editor's Notes: 1. About the artist: For further information, or to create a feature on this special exhibition, please contact the artist via www.christinahargraves.co.uk
2. About the reserve: Set in the stunning North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, RSPB Geltsdale is home to black grouse, birds of prey and breeding wading birds and is ideal for walking. There are four waymarked trails leading from the car park at Howgill. The Stagsike Trail will take 1-2 hours to walk and the other trails a little longer. Stagsike Cottages are approximately a 40-minute walk from the parking area and provide an information point and toilets.
Many of the trails are on existing tracks but boots are essential for much of the year and waterproofs are recommended. There is no general vehicle access to Stagsike Cottages but disabled access can be pre-arranged by phoning the reserve on 01697 746717.
Location and opening times - RSPB Geltsdale, Stagsike Cottages, Nr Hallbankgate, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 2PW. The reserve is open daily from dawn to dusk, the visitor centre is open daily, 9 am-5 pm
3. The RSPB is the UK's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.