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Netherfield residents to have brush with fame

A selection of Netherfield’s most colourful characters are to appear in a Nottingham art exhibition next month after being captured on canvas by a talented artist.

Local artist Dominick Cuming has spent the past two years painting the portraits of people living in Lily Avenue.

And now after competing a staggering 28 portraits of people living on the street, Dominick is now planning to showcase them together for the first time this November at Nottingham Society of Artists Gallery in Nottingham.

As well as their portraits, a short biography about each of the residents featured will also be displayed at the exhibition to help bring the community alive to those living outside the area.

TALENT: A selection of some of the portraits of people living in Lily Avenue

Dominick told Gedling Eye that he’d never originally planned to paint everyone in the street.

“It was just something that seems to have grown and grown by itself,” he said.

“I first painted the portraits of a family who live on the street and was then asked to paint one for a neighbour for her birthday. The neighbour’s friend then saw it and asked me to do one for her and then also one for her friend; I’ve now painted a portrait for everyone in the whole street.

“I think it’s great that we’re holding an exhibition of jolly old ‘Nevo’ in such a good gallery in the middle of the City.”

ON DISPLAY: Some of the portraits of Netherfield residents featured in the exhibition

When asked to name his favourite portrait that will be on show, Dominick chose the portrait of ‘Eileen’, as he thinks it’s the most fun.

FAVOURITE: Eileen is pictured with a cigarette

The exhibition will open to the public on Tuesday, November 14, but local residents from Lily Avenue can get a sneak peek at the collection between 6pm-8pm on the same night at a private viewing where free wine will also be on offer.

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The exhibition runs from Tuesday, November 14 to Sunday 19th and will be open between 12pm-5pm Tuesday to Saturday and 10am-12.30pm on the Sunday

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