ARTISTS in Burley-in-Wharfedale are holding an exhibition to celebrate the beauty of landscapes and ‘watery places’ in the local area.

The work will include original prints, photography and drawings; much of the art is centred around the historic weir and the surrounding area. A special ‘river soundscape’ will also be produced to accompany the art, using natural rhythms and ‘melodies’ recorded from the River Wharfe.

The exhibition - Wharfe & Weir – Sounds & Vision - takes place at the Roundhouse in Grange Park, Burley (Saturday, December 16 – 10am to 4pm).

Wharfedale Observer: Static Flow – photograph by John StaintonStatic Flow – photograph by John Stainton

The artists include:

Brian Hindmarch – celebrated printmaker, designer and former lecturer at Bradford’s School of Art.

John Stainton – multi-media artist and soundscape producer.

Tony Parker – printmaker and TV producer.

A spokesperson said: "The Wharfe and the weir have in many ways shaped and defined the village we have today – where nature, people and industry have co-existed for generations.

"Today the area is never far from the local news.

"It continues to be popular with local walkers throughout the year. In recent times it has attracted attention because of a campaign to build a footbridge and its rebranding by some as a popular ‘hot spot’ for summer sun-seekers and swimmers.

"Whatever the motivation, everyone seems to have a connection with ‘Wharfe and Weir’."

Wharfedale Observer: Weir – drypoint by Tony ParkerWeir – drypoint by Tony Parker

Brian Hindmarch added: “Artists have long portrayed the spaces where they live and work. It is difficult not to be inspired by the stunning images we can capture here on our own doorstep.

“We’re excited at the range of work on display. Hopefully, in the run up to Christmas, people will pop in and enjoy the images and soundscape.”

All three artists will be attending and are happy to talk about their work.

Wharfe & Weir Art Exhibition is at the Roundhouse, Grange Park, Burley-in-Wharfedale Saturday, December 16th. Opens: 10am - closes: 4pm.