Celebration of hidden art talent

THE art work of a former Darfield man will feature in a special September exhibition at the village museum.

Lifelong Darfield resident Fred Rowlands died quite recently, but left much behind him for others to enjoy.

The exhibition in Darfield Museum’s cafe gallery is devoted to Fred’s sculptures, paintings and drawings.

Examples of his craft include wood sculptures, from simple mice on a tree branch through to Atlas holding up the world, and a crucifixion.

Fred’s art work begins with an early self-portrait then progresses to an oil of Scarborough, a pencil sketch of the Shambles, York, and scraper board work. Fred was born and raised at Darfield. His artistic talent was noticed at school but he went to work in underground maintenance at Houghton Main Colliery, studying art at evening classes. The museum is open Saturdays from 10am to 4pm; Sundays from 2pm to 5pm and Wednesdays 1pm to 4pm.