Surprise exhibition for 96-year-old Bingham artist
A 96-year-old amateur artist got to see her paintings on display at her very own art exhibition last week.
Christina Cameron thought she was being treated to afternoon tea last Tuesdaybut was whisked away to Long Acre Studios Gallery in Bingham instead where she was greeted by more than 20 of her family and friends for the surprise exhibition.
Christina was born and raised in Scotland but moved to England in 2012 after her husband suffered a stroke and later passed away in hospital.
She lived with her daughter Christine in Thoroton, Bingham, for three years before moving into Aslockton Hall Nursing Home four years ago.
Christine, who organised the exhibition, said: “I wanted to do something really special and exciting for mums birthday. She was really good at art at school and drew caricatures for fun throughout her life but I encouraged her to take up painting and drawing again once she moved into the nursing home.
“She started using pastels, acrylic paint and water colours and often paints at the home with her friend Tanya. She absolutely loves it.”
Christine’s first challenge was to try and get the pictures out of her mums room without revealing what she was up to.
She added: “I told mum that I wanted to get a few of her pictures framed for her birthday and that the rest needed a bit of a clean so that she didn’t suspect anything.”
Staff at the art gallery rallied around and helped Christine to hang up all the framed pictures before the grand unveiling last Tuesday ahead of her mums birthday on Friday.
Christine added: “I asked mum if she wanted to go and see where her pictures were being framed but I didn’t tell her where we were going until we actually arrived at the gallery there. Her face was an absolute picture when we walked in and she saw all her framed pictures and drawings on the wall for the first time.”
After the exhibition, Christina and her guests were treated to a delicious afternoon tea at the gallery.
Christine added: “Before we left mum went and sat in the exhibition on her own for a while to really take it all in and digest it all”.
Just a few days later Christina spent her 96th birthday at Langar Hall near Nottinghamwhere she was treated to a birthday cake before returning to the nursing home and tucking into more birthday cake.
Christine added: “The staff at the home have been absolutely amazing with mum. The owners and staff go above and beyond. They regularly organise trips and events and it really has become a home from home for mum.
“I often joke to mum that she is like the Queen who just needs a large staff to look after her while in the home including a cook and a dresser.”