Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Will Millar at Winchester Galleries in Oak Bay

Scenes from my Irish Rovings
 Will Millar, as the former leader of The Irish Rovers has now returned to his first creative love of Painting.  In this he is a voyager into the Ireland of his youth, portraying the country in the 1950’s. Before glass supermarkets and traffic jams clogged up small villages.  Before, as he puts it, “Ireland rushed into the Euro world like a Celtic tiger”
Born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Ireland, Will Millar grew up in a family where music and art were encouraged.  His mother supported his first art lessons.  He recalls fondly how he used to thin his oil paints by dipping his brush into the glass oil lamp that lit the home, with dinner being eaten at a table strewn with paints and brushes and small unfinished works of art”.

His art lessons also included happy days spent learning from an elderly art teacher who lived nearby in a house “full of glorious clutter”, as he writes in the preface of his new Art book, ‘Scenes from my Irish Rovings”  Will used to cut sticks for her fireplace and in return she gave him art lessons.  Not an arrangement he cared to share with his neighbourhood tear-aways!

March 11 – March 29, 2014
2260 Oak Bay Avenue
Preview:  March 11 – 14, 2014   10 – 5:30 pm
Opening Reception
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 1 - 5 pm

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