Barnet Collection member Renos Lavithis talks to Rosy Moorhead about the group's spring exhibition

Twenty-one Barnet artists are showing their work in a spring exhibition

Renos Lavithis

Twenty-one Barnet artists are showing their work in a spring exhibition

One of Renos' works

Twenty-one Barnet artists are showing their work in a spring exhibition

First published in Art & Exhibitions St Albans & Harpenden Review: Photograph of the Author by , Features writer

At this time of year, thoughts naturally tend towards spring cleaning – putting things in order, clearing out the old to make way for the new. So, with all that extra space you’ll now have in your house, why not pay a visit to the Barnet Collection’s spring exhibition and sale to bag yourself a lovely piece of artwork to fill it up?

Held in collaboration with the Greek Cypriot Community Trust and Morphou Area Organisation, the Barnet Collection’s exhibition and sale in North Finchley will feature a range of ceramics, paintings and arts and crafts by its 21 members. A percentage of the proceeds raised will go to charities supported by the Mayor of Barnet, Cllr Lisa Rutter – The Alzheimer’s Society, The Outward Bound Trust and The Barnet Carers Centre.

“It’s a wide range of the arts,” explains member Renos Lavithis, “ceramics and glasswork, sculpture, silk work and pottery. All the members are exhibiting between three and 12 pieces each.”

The artists will be on hand throughout the exhibition to meet and chat to visitors, and on Saturday and Sunday there will be activities (drawing on stone, clay modelling and silk drawing) to keep the kids happy while mum and dad browse the artwork.

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Renos, 67, who worked as a graphic artist for the Daily Mail for 30 years, will be displaying works from his London Project, a series of drawings of London landmarks done in his newly discovered style of ink drawing with watercolour wash splashes of colour here and there - a red bus, for example.

“I took early retirement,” Renos says, “and went back to my old haunts on Fleet Street and painted all the pubs we used to go to and places from my career, but it doesn’t have the same atmosphere now. Then I moved on to draw rivers and St Paul’s and beyond.”

The Barnet Collection’s spring exhibition and sale is at the Britannia Centre, Britannia Road, North Finchley from March 23-25. Friday, March 23 from 5.30pm to 9.30pm, on Saturday, March 24 from 12noon to 6pm and on Sunday, March 25 from 11am to 4pm. Details:

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