2:01 AM 12th September 2020
Frontline Faces From Near And Far
The new exhibition, now showing at Gallery on the Green in Settle, honours the true heroes of the Covid-19 pandemic - the people who put their own safety at risk to look after us all.
Jill - NHS Staff Nurse
Many of the portraits are of friends and former colleagues of the Settle-based artist Julie Sobczak. Some are local, including a sheep farmer and his dog, but reflecting the fact that this is a global pandemic, they also include people that Julie has met during her extensive travels, that included a spell working as a midwife in the Cayman Islands.
Among the images is one of a group of musicians from New York who entertained neighbours during lockdown – the lead musician James Palmaro, who has been blind for forty years, is a long-time friend of Julie.
Another image is of a policeman and his dog from New Zealand: they work with another of Julie’s friends. Naturally health care workers in their protective gear feature in many of the images. And reflecting Julie’s time as a midwife there is a picture of a family and their new born child with the midwife.
The birth of baby Axl - Welcome to the world baby Axl. Senior Nurse Midwife Sue shown with Kat (mother) and Annie Mae (grandmother and retired midwife)
As an artist, Julie has previously worked mainly with watercolours but has more recently has embraced the wizardry of technology to create these digital paintings, based on photographs, that strive not only to capture a likeness - but also give an insight into subject’s personality.
“Thank you to all frontline workers. Your tireless efforts are not going unnoticed.” Fifty percent of donations made to the gallery during this exhibition will go to NHS Charities Together. Donations can be made by scanning the QR code in the exhibition posters or visiting the gallery website www.galleryonthegreen.org.uk
The exhibition at the gallery, which is based in a former telephone box in Upper Settle that is believed to be the world’s smallest art gallery, runs from 12 September to 6 November.
You can read more about Julie’s work at the website