Post by glesca artist on May 17, 2013 14:50:11 GMT
Following their recent visit to Scotland in support of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, glesca artist sent a signed copy of his book "Glimpses of Times Past" to their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as a small reminder of their visit.
glesca artist received the following reply from their Royal Highnesses:
Glasgow Life/ Glasgow Libraries are hosting a book signing event in Bridgeton Library, Olympia Building, on Tuesday 26 November 2013 at 6pm to promote Glimpses of Times Past – a book of original acrylic paintings by partially colour blind and self-taught ‘glesca artist’ William Neilly.
Glimpses of Times Past captures everyday life as it was when the author/ artist was a child growing up in Bridgeton and Dalmarnock during the 1950s and 60s. His paintings include famous and historic landmarks such as Bridgeton Cross Umbrella, the Olympia Building, Rutherglen Town Hall and transport of bygone days.
Entry is FREE and there will be a FREE raffle with several mounted prints and mouse mats as prizes. Come along, all welcome.
Book Event at Bridgeton Library, Olympia Building, on Tuesday 26 November 2013 at 6 pm
Glasgow Life/ Glasgow Libraries are hosting a book event in Bridgeton Library, Olympia Building, on Tuesday 26 November at 6 pm to promote Glimpses of Times Past – a book of original acrylic paintings by partially colour blind and self-taught ‘glesca artist’ William M. Neilly. Glimpses of Times Past brings the memories flooding back with this collection of nostalgic paintings of the area surrounding the Athletes’ Village of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Glimpses of Times Past captures everyday life as it was when the author/artist was a child growing up in Bridgeton and Dalmarnock during the 1950s and 60s. His paintings are comprehensively captioned with snippets of local history and include images of famous historic landmarks such the Grade A listed Bridgeton Cross Umbrella, the Grade B listed Olympia Building and the Grade A listed, Scottish Baronial style, Rutherglen Town Hall. There are also images of buildings, structures and transport of bygone days.
Bridgeton and Dalmarnock in the East End of the City of Glasgow, once the manufacturing and industrial heart of the city, suffered a long period of economic decline. Tens of thousands of jobs were lost and the demolition of factories and tenements created large pockets of vacant and derelict land that remained until the area became the heart of one of the UK’s largest regeneration areas under the Clyde Gateway Urban Regeneration Project.
The book will appeal to those many thousands of people who lived and worked in the area or who were relocated during the long period of economic decline. For others, the book will give a glimpse of the past in the place which they have visited during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, or the place in which they will make their home or place of work following regeneration of the area over the next two decades.
The Author/Artist: William Murray Neilly, aka ‘glesca artist’, was born and bred in the East End of Glasgow. He graduated BSc Civil Engineering from the University of Strathclyde and worked for over three decades as a Chartered Civil Engineer in contracting and local government. Partially colour blind and a self-taught artist, he enjoys drawing and painting portraits, animals, cityscapes and landscapes. His paintings are admired by collectors in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Greece, Australia and the United States of America. Accolades have also been received from across the United Kingdom, Canada, United States of America, New Zealand and South Africa.
A big thank you to everyone who came along this evening to support glesca artist.
The Olympia library was a great setting and the library staff were excellent. I was the M.C. for the evening and introduced 'glesca artist' who showed the paintings in his book on the video screen and described his work, books were signed, coffee, tea and shortbread was followed by a fantastic raffle - where glesca artist gave out his prints and mouse mats.
Prince William and Catherine, TRH the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a signed copy of glesca artist's book, "Glimpses of Times Past" to remind them of their visit to Scotland in support of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
You too can have a signed copy and a 50% discount (£4.99) off the RRP by simply ordering the book through GlescaPals (UK only while stocks last).